Discovery Education also recommends checking the technical requirements on your device by visiting our Check Requirements page.
Discovery Education works on desktop and laptop computers with a wide range of browsers. We recommend using the latest version of the following browsers to ensure the best experience. Accessing the site with an out-of-date browser may cause some features to be inaccessible.
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox 44 and above
- Safari 9.0 and above
- Microsoft Edge 24 and above
While we don’t support specific devices by name – we do ensure that our products work with devices using the most recent version of the following Operating Systems:
Streaming video can consume bandwidth heavily. Our adaptive HTTP Live Stream (HLS) technology automatically chooses the best quality video (on average between 300 Kbps – 2+ Mbps bit-rate) based on the available bandwidth. Newer titles may have higher bit-rates available due to higher quality video. The formula below can provide insight into the amount of bandwidth that may be consumed by streaming video:
(Bit-rate) x (Number of concurrent streams) / (Total available bandwidth) = Bandwidth consumption percentage
These strategies can help reduce the amount of bandwidth consumed during peak hours:
- Download video content during off-peak hours in preparation for the lesson.
- Use workstations or projectors when presenting videos to a class.
- Use our adaptive HTTP Live Stream (HLS) for automatic bit-rate adjustment based on available bandwidth. (Enabled by default!)
For Techbook users:
Techbook shifts the teaching strategy with Discovery Education from primarily video content to a blended multimedia platform including targeted video segments, text, interactives, images, assessments, etc. This shift naturally reduces the bandwidth consumption of streaming video and focuses on a deeper immersion into the lesson for the student.