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Dplay

Why is it only available on apps?

WO
Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Why is dplay only available on Android and Apple devices or their website? Its quite irritating that its not available on your telly unless you have Chromecast or Apple TV where you can mirror your device. I've not tried the Apple lightning to HDMI cable so no clue if that works?

I'm surprised it hasn't been added as an app to YouView boxes and NOW TV sticks for example?
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
As with Premier Sports lack of Connected TV apps, it appears to be a dark art as to where apps will or won't feature. At least BT Sport will be available soon across all major platforms. I'd love to see some research into this subject across genres and service providers.

I've never really followed the economics of free to user app deployment, presumably there's a platform hosting fee to be paid somewhere along the road to initial and continued deployment It's clear that paid for services can add this cost to subscriptions to recover this effectively.

AppleTV and Amazon have an issue in that to access some app content users have to be subscribers of the host's own services, AppleTV+ and Prime Video too as they branch off these rather than sitting natively on the platform.

It appears to be a minefield for the user and their choice of receivers or STBs.
AJ
AJ London London
Platform hosting fees, revenue sharing agreements (whether subscription revenue or ad revenue) - it all adds up to messy and complex contract negotiations I'd expect.

Probably the same reason you don't see HBO Max on Roku for example.

8 days later

WH
what West Country (East) Points West
The iOS app is broken. The audio goes out of sync frequently, and it occasionally starts playing an ad break if you skip forward 10 seconds, even if you’re nowhere near the next break.
ST
Stuart Recently warned West Country (West) Spotlight
Why is dplay only available on Android and Apple devices or their website? Its quite irritating that its not available on your telly unless you have Chromecast or Apple TV where you can mirror your device. I've not tried the Apple lightning to HDMI cable so no clue if that works?

I'm surprised it hasn't been added as an app to YouView boxes and NOW TV sticks for example?

dplay appears as an option on Sky's Catch-up service . . .

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WO
Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Why is dplay only available on Android and Apple devices or their website? Its quite irritating that its not available on your telly unless you have Chromecast or Apple TV where you can mirror your device. I've not tried the Apple lightning to HDMI cable so no clue if that works?

I'm surprised it hasn't been added as an app to YouView boxes and NOW TV sticks for example?

dplay appears as an option on Sky's Catch-up service . . .

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That must be a recent addition? I'll take a look when I'm back at home.

In the meantime I've been using Apple's Lightning to DV HDMI converter to watch dplay content on my telly. Which I can confirm works, and just as well as using Apple TV.
Last edited by Worzel on 10 August 2020 12:39am - 3 times in total
WO
Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Why is dplay only available on Android and Apple devices or their website? Its quite irritating that its not available on your telly unless you have Chromecast or Apple TV where you can mirror your device. I've not tried the Apple lightning to HDMI cable so no clue if that works?

I'm surprised it hasn't been added as an app to YouView boxes and NOW TV sticks for example?

dplay appears as an option on Sky's Catch-up service . . .

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I've looked and not all the dplay content is on there. It all appears on the Sky Go app however, which is strange.

71 days later

PL
Plektrum Central (East) East Midlands Today
https://corporate.discovery.com/blog/2020/10/20/discovery-uk-unveils-discovery-real-life-entertainment-streaming-service-for-uk-ireland/
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Dplay rebrand, eh? That'll require a change of endboard style on the trailers of Quest, Really, etc, then.
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Rename to discovery+ announced
https://corporate.discovery.com/blog/2020/10/20/discovery-uk-unveils-discovery-real-life-entertainment-streaming-service-for-uk-ireland/
AD
adamiow
Hopefully, they will finally launch it on more devices. They promised they would through 2020 and have mentioned again in the press release, but nothing so far.
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
This is one OTT/VOD service I will sub to. Discovery History and Animal Planet are two of my fav Discovery channels.

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