Discovery Communications Launches Cosmeo: A Revolutionary Online Homework Help Tool

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First of its kind broadband educational video service designed for kids who live and learn online.

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For more than 20 years, Discovery has been committed to providing knowledge that satisfies human curiosity across any platform. COSMEO is the latest extension of this commitment and we believe has the potential to revolutionize how our children learn and process information today

Discovery Communications announced today the launch of COSMEO, a revolutionary new homework help tool specially engineered for the 21st century family. Designed for a generation that lives online, COSMEO harnesses the power of broadband and media to help kids achieve academic breakthroughs.

COSMEO is the only comprehensive digital library that includes easy to digest homework help, interactive learning games and more than 30,000 video clips that are correlated to grade level and state curriculum standards. The intuitive interface allows kids in grades K through 12 across the 50 states to instantly reference video clips and other learning tools for any required assignment in all key subject areas.

A media conference call discussing the announcement will be held at 2:00 PM EST today with John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman, Discovery Communications; Judith McHale, President and CEO, Discovery Communications; and Steve Sidel, President, Discovery Education.

To participate in the conference call and Q&A, please dial 1-800-857-2751; passcode: Discovery.

“For more than 20 years, Discovery has been committed to providing knowledge that satisfies human curiosity across any platform. COSMEO is the latest extension of this commitment and we believe has the potential to revolutionize how our children learn and process information today,” said John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of Discovery Communications. “COSMEO will bring the world to students at the click of a mouse and will allow them to continue their learning experience at home and improve their performance at school.”

Content and Technology Proven to Increase Student Achievement:

COSMEO is built on the success of Discovery’s unitedstreaming service, the most widely used educational video streaming resource for schools, reaching more than 70,000 schools and teaching more than 30 million students. The award-winning service has been scientifically proven to increase student achievement. COSMEO builds upon unitedstreaming’s proven technology and content and engages students in a way that makes learning fun.

“COSMEO is the first educational tool to teach today’s kids in the way they learn best. This online product meets them where they’re spending most of their time and is helping to define how they learn today,” said Judith A. McHale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Communications. “COSMEO also gives parents a terrific window into their kids’ education and the ability to participate in their progress at school like never before. We sense families across the United States will find a real benefit in, for example, the WebMath section, which offers a full spectrum of math learning -- from third-grade multiplication tables to advanced calculus -- with easy-to understand, step-by-step solutions."

Features and Pricing

COSMEO’s features include:

  • 30,000 educational videos that make complex topics easier to understand and retain;
  • Powerful search tools that instantly locate information by subject, grade level, and keyword – something no other search engine can do;
  • Over 15,000 interactive quizzes and 200 subject-related Brain Games, all supported by videos;
  • 20,000 high-resolution digital photos and 2,300 clip art images available for school projects;
  • Digital encyclopedia with access to over 27,000 research articles, soon to be expanded;
  • WebMath equation solver detailing step-by-step explanations to most math problems; and much more.

COSMEO, tested by educators and consumers with content proven to help students with homework and learning, is available for the introductory price of $9.95 per month or $99 per year after a free 30-day trial. The standard retail price of COSMEO is $12.95 per month or $129 per year.

To learn more about COSMEO or to view selected content, visit For a temporary username and password, please contact Michelle Russo at Michelle_Russo @

Discovery Communications, Inc.

Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media company. Discovery has grown from its core property, the Discovery Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global operations in 170 countries and territories with nearly 1.4 billion cumulative subscribers. DCI’s over 100 networks of distinctive programming represent 27 network entertainment brands, including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Military Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Discovery en Español, Discovery Kids en Español, Discovery HD Theater, FitTV, Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y Vivir), Discovery Home & Health and Discovery Real Time. DCI’s other properties consist of Discovery Education and Discovery Commerce, which operates more than 100 Discovery Channel Stores in the U.S. DCI also distributes BBC America in the United States. DCI’s ownership consists of four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB); Cox Communications, Inc.; Advance/Newhouse Communications; and John S. Hendricks, the Company’s Founder and Chairman.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, the leading global real-world and knowledge-based media company. The leader in digital video-based learning, Discovery Education produces and distributes high-quality digital video content in easy-to-use formats, in all core-curricular subject areas. Discovery Education is committed to creating scientifically proven, standards-based digital resources for teachers, students, and parents that make a positive impact on student learning. Through strategic partnerships with over 25 public television stations across the country, its public service initiatives, products, and joint business ventures, Discovery Education helps educators around the world harness the power of broadband and media to connect their students to a world of learning. For more information, visit

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