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Is there a way to just get the Discovery Channel?

Asked by Hobbes (7355points) July 21st, 2008

Most of the TV I watch is in the form of DVDs, and I have no desire to get cable, except that I’d like to be able to watch the Discovery channel. Is there some way to get it without signing up for a cable package?

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marinelife's avatar

No. You could watch some of their specials and shows on your computer.

arnbev959's avatar

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PupnTaco's avatar

I love the whole world

jrpowell's avatar

The Discovery channel is usually part of the “basic basic” package. With Comcast it was about 10 per month and we got all the local channels and the Discovery Channel and all the shopping channels.

Your cable provider could be different. Or you could download the shows with Bittorrent. I’m not sure if you want to go there.

jonno's avatar

This is why I don’t like pay TV, you have to pay for 50 other crap channels just to get the 5 or so quality channels that you might actually want. I’ll stick to free-to-air TV, thanks.

delirium's avatar

I really really really really wish it were possible. I haven’t yet found a way, though.

aansuzek1's avatar

If, only it worked like that. If cable companies didn’t offer channels in packages, half of those crappy channels would be bankrupt.

skord's avatar

The problem with cable and satellite companies offering packages is that it’s provided from the broadcasting companies in that way. “Want ESPN? You have to put 2 channels of disney in the same tier” sort of agreements. The FCC has considered a la carte TV in the past, but it would require regulation in places in the TV food chain you’d never even think of.

So just getting Discovery is probably impossible though cable or satellite providers, unless you can find it unencrypted on a satellite downlink and pick it up with a large dish, but I’m pretty darn sure that it’s encrypted—meaning you’d have to buy a receiver from Discovery Networks.

If you are just looking for something to watch in that way, Lyngsat keeps a free tv list updated. You can pull these down with a free to air receiver.

barbiedoll's avatar

Not with Time Warner.

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