Discovery, home of Shark Week, enters the streaming wars with Discovery Plus

Discovery, home to HGTV, Food Network, and Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, is entering the streaming space with Discovery Plus.

Discovery Plus will start at $4.99 with an ad-supported tier, along with a $6.99 ad-free option. CNBC first reported the news. The streaming service will launch on January 4th, 2021. The company aims to bring the service to more than 25 countries around the world over the next year. Each subscriber’s account will allow up to five different profiles, and four concurrent streams. The company’s press release does not note if Discovery Plus will offer content in 4K, but notes it will be available on “major platforms, including connected TVs, web, mobile, and tablets” at launch.

As part of the roll out, Discovery is partnering with Verizon to give a number of the telecom company’s 55 million customers a free year of ad-free Discovery Plus. New and existing customers on

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The Luxury E-Commerce Wars Heat Up

According to Mr. Cohen, the brand had received “messages from customers asking why such expensive pieces were selling on Amazon.”

Yet going it alone is also increasingly untenable. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the largest luxury group in the world, has publicly rejected the idea of working with Amazon, but even its proprietary solution — the wholesale platform 24 Sèvres, created in 2017, with an exclusive arrangement with Dior and Céline — has not gotten meaningful traction with consumers, and it continues to lose money. (The group also made a multimillion-dollar investment in Lyst in 2018.)

“The term ‘platform’ is intoxicating at first blush, but at second, it’s a license to spend tens of billions of dollars before you see any return,” Mr. Galloway, the New York University professor, said.

Enter the Farfetch alliance.

Farfetch, which went public in 2018, has a business model that includes an

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Star Wars: Squadrons Getting New Content After All

The developer behind Star Wars Squadrons said it had no plans for post-launch DLC, but it appears those plans have changed. In a blog post, the studio said the team felt “humbled” by the response from fans and began planning two upcoming content drops. One is coming next week, and the other will follow in December.

The November 25 update coming as part of update 3.0 will add a new map and ship components. The map, Fostar Haven, is adapted from the single-player story in the prologue mission, and the update will make it playable in Fleet Battles and Dogfight mode. The update will also add four new components. Fighters and Bombers can equip a Boost Extension, Interceptors and Fighters will get Ion Rockets, Bombers and Fighters will get Prototype Piercing Torpedoes, and Support ships will get the Anti-Material Rocket Turret for targeting capital ships and deployables.

Then in December,

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