Immersions, a new package of “slow TV” nature programming that Discovery Plus launched Thursday for Earth Day, are meditative, long-form videos presenting quiet shots of animals and nature, turning your TV into a sort of porthole to the world’s most beautiful vistas.
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Discovery Plus’ latest premiere stars slow-motion hummingbirds flitting around a Wyoming field, giant Sequoias dappled by sunlight and a winter rainbow in the midst of a Rocky Mountain snow flurry.
Discovery Plus — the streaming service from the cable programmer behind networks like Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV and TLC — said its Immersions programs feature never-before-seen footage from nature-documentary specials like Sunrise Earth and North America. The video compilations, which run from 30 minutes to three hours, include cameos by Patagonian penguins, sunrises across America, waterfalls, snowy peaks and flowering fields.