Discovery offers Web-based study aid

Discovery launches Cosmeo, a new K-12 online homework product.

Discovery Communications - the cable content provider of the Discovery Channel - is announcing a $9.95 Web-based study service for the K-12 market, the Washington Post reports.

Cosmeo, a $9.95-a-month service that will be announced today, is aimed at students in kindergarten through 12th grade. With a Web site that resembles the screen of a handheld game device and features video clips and interactive games, it's the home version of an online video encyclopedia that Discovery already sells to schools.

Both services use video culled from Discovery's library and from educational content providers such as Scholastic Corp. and the Public Broadcasting Service, then customized to meet the curriculum standards of different states.

Cosmeo is offering a 30-day free trial.