Discovery & BBC Studios Just Launched a New Streaming Service for Phones & Tablets


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Last week Discovery quietly launched a new streaming service called Dreams TV. This new service has custom videos created specifically to be viewed on your phone. Dreams TV is a joint partnership with media partners including Discovery, Bloomberg, and BBC Studios.

Dreams TV uses a “computer vision technology” system to take video made for your TV and re-edit it to better fit your phone. The company’s software will also convert live TV news into a vertical video format in real-time, enabling the first-ever live, 24/7 vertical video news channels.

“We started Dreams to redesign TV for your phone,” said co-founder Tom Bender. “We wanted a home screen icon for fun, free TV.”

“As the global leader in real life entertainment, Discovery is excited to extend the reach of its high-quality and trusted brands through Dreams,” said Bruce Campbell, chief development, distribution and legal officer at Discovery. “The four made-for-mobile channels we are launching on Dreams give us a unique opportunity to showcase our deeply loved current content and future shows to mobile viewers in a bespoke format curated specifically to them.”

Today, Dreams launches its first wave of new mobile TV channels (in alphabetical order):

  1. Animal Planet: The premier network for all things animals. Featured shows include River Monsters, Too Cute!, and the Puppy Bowl.
  2. Bloomberg: The leading global business and financial news channel providing data, news, and analysis to decision-makers around the world.
  3. Discovery Channel: Compelling nonfiction that informs and entertains. Featured shows include Survivorman, Storm Chasers, andDual Survival.
  4. Food Network: Connecting viewers to the power and joy of food. Including iconic, fan-favorite shows such as Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  5. Geo: A visually stunning mobile nature channel featuring premium, long-form nature and animal documentaries licensed from BBC Studios.
  6. HGTV: America’s favorite way to get entertaining, relatable. and inspirational home and lifestyle content. Featured shows include My First Place, Extreme Homes, and Tiny House Hunters.
  7. Newsflash: A new mobile news channel featuring live feeds of major world events.
  8. Slow: Minimalist, ultra-longform “slow TV” featuring soothing shots of landscapes, streams, and rainfall.
  9. VHS: Full episodes of fun 80s and 90s shows, including Bob Ross (The Joy of Painting), Inspector Gadget, Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

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