Discovery+ brings offline download functionality to the US • TechCrunch
The Discovery+ app gets one of the most anticipated features – and frankly, a must-have feature for today’s streaming apps – offline viewing. The company announced on Monday that users of the ad-free plan in the United States will be able to download content for offline viewing on the service’s iOS and Android apps.
The move comes after the company tested the feature with users in Brazil. Discovery+ mentioned that the service has more than 58,000 episodes – including popular shows “House of Hammer”, “Fixer Upper” and “90 Day Fiancé” – eligible for download.
Users with the ad-free plan will see a “Download” button next to the content title. They can also choose the quality of the download and whether to download it over Wi-FI or cellular data.
Discovery+ noted that the downloaded title will live on the device for 30 days in an unplayed state or 48 hours after pressing the play button. Moreover, you can renew the download of the title once you are online after it expires.
The company does not place any geographic restrictions on uploaded content. So if you are visiting another country, you can watch it if you are offline. The app will default to the downloads section when a user is offline.
Warner Bros. Discovery is set to merge HBO Max and Discovery+ services into a single app next year. But until then, Discovery+ users will be able to take advantage of this long-missing feature. Competitors like YouTube and Netflix have had an offline viewing option for years. While Discovery+ launched last year, it’s a feature users of the streaming service have come to expect.