Sky TV subscribers are getting free access to Discovery+

Mike Wheatley

Sky has revealed that it’s introducing more content options to subscribers in the U.K. and Ireland with the addition of Discovery+, which will be available in its free catalogues of streaming TV shows and live sporting events.


It’s quite a decent addition to Sky because Discovery+ normally costs £6.99 a month for full access to its Entertainment and Sports package. As such, it could represent a good saving for anyone who happens to follow its shows and also subscribes to Sky. Discovery+ has evolved from its early beginnings as a documentary channel to host a variety of sports content, including tennis events like the ongoing 2023 Australian Open and the upcoming French Open. It also has the rights to show the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris next year, and the Tour de France.

Sky said Discovery+ will be accessible to all existing Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers. They’ll need to create a free account, however - which has a £0 per month “fee” - and then activate it. For Sky users who are currently signed up to the 12-month paid Discovery+ Entertainment pass, they’ll be upgraded to receive the additional sports content, and will no longer be charged.

Note that Discovery+ is not currently being offered to those customers who are subscribing to the cheaper Sky Q Essentials, Sky Q Lite or Sky+ services at this time.

“We know value is incredibly important right now, so we’re pleased to bring Discovery+ to our Sky TV customers at no extra cost, saving £6.99 a month,” said Sky TV Managing Director Elizabeth Wynn. “Offering even more incredible entertainment and sport to enjoy this year for less. And if you’re a Sky Stream or Sky Glass customer, you can stream all this content, including must-watch TV, world-class film and thrilling sport straight over wi-fi with no dish, bringing together all your channels, shows and apps into one place.”

Antonio Ruiz, GM for UK & Ireland at Warner Bros. Discovery, said the company is delighted to build on its partnership with Sky. “Through this offering we can bring our extensive real-life entertainment and exciting sports line-up, with the Australian Open starting today, to even more Sky customers,” he said.

In addition to the live sports coverage, Discovery+ is the home of shows such as Richard Hammond’s Workshop, the Vardy vs Rooney documentary drama series, a reality TV show called Written in the Stars and Peter Crouch: Save Our Beautiful Game.

While Discovery+’s content won’t appeal to everyone, it’s hard to complain when it’s being made available for free. The offer will surely be welcomed by tennis fans who already have a subscription to Sky, that’s for sure.