TLC should know that 90 Day Fiance has some of its most outspoken fans. They have demanded things in the past that the network fails to acknowledge. Viewers have called for someone else other than Shaun Robinson to host the Tell-all episodes. They also want more genuine couples, something else the franchise failed to give them.
Now, they’re not happy over the news of Discovery Plus. Fans looked forward to the return of Pillow Talk on Sunday night. Then, they quickly realized that they will have to pay extra to watch their favorite show. They took to social media to share their thoughts.
What is Discovery Plus?
Discovery Plus is Discovery’s take on Disney Plus. The new streaming service will include 55,000 episodes of reality TV shows from 2,500 HGTV, Food Network, ID, and TLC programs. It also includes over 30 reality shows, not on cable, such as Mike Rowe’s new reality series, a Chopped spin-off series, and four new 90 Day Fiance shows.
That’s four new shows that fans won’t get to see on cable television. Not only did the new streaming service copy Apple TV+ and Disney+, it also comes with a price tag. Discovery Plus costs $5 per month with ads or $7 a month without advertising. The subscription streaming service will launch on January 4, 2021.
90 Day Fiance fans in an uproar
Viewers are not happy. They don’t like that most of their favorite shows are being taken away from them. Some of them argued that TLC is trying to make a money grab with the 90 Day Fiance franchise. Others think the network should treat their loyal fans better than that.
The official 90 Day Fiance Instagram page announced the launch of Discovery Plus on Instagram on Sunday night, December 6. Fans commented that they will not be subscribing to their new service. Here are just some of the angry comments:
- “It’s clear that TLC has chosen money over fans and are ruining the franchise. You are taking a network television show and turning it into a streaming show that only the US can watch. How ridiculous!”
- “Are you also putting the Tell All and Pillow Talk on this new streaming service? I hope not.”
- “You guys are so greedy! Now you want us to pay for ‘Tell All’ that’s ridiculous! Not happening here!!”
- “What a money grab!!”
- “Y’all networks are getting greedy!”
Also, some viewers are feeling streaming fatigue. They don’t want to pay for another streaming service. In addition, Wall Street analysts are concerned about Discovery Plus. They feel it won’t do as well as Netflix or Disney Plus since it’s not a global platform. But the company is confident that it could get ten million subscribers.
No more Tell-All or Pillow Talk
A huge component of 90 Day Fiance is that it encouraged live-tweeting. Even TLC shows some of the tweets from the fans during each episode. Then, the network got in on the fun with its spin-offs, 90 Strikes Back and Happily Ever After Strikes Back. It could lose that component if these shows and others move over to the streaming service.
That also means no more new episodes of the “Tell-All” or Pillow Talk. Both shows are likely to move to Discovery Plus. The Tell-All will become 90 Day Bares All, in which couples bare it all out there. Shaun Robinson is still host of this new series, which claims to have exclusive content. But fans think they can get it for free thanks to social media, YouTube, and the plethora of 90 Day podcasts out there.
What are your thoughts on Discovery Plus? Does it intrigue you? Are you upset just like the fans? Sound off below.
In the meantime, 90 Day Fiance airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.
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