Discovery Channel passes 100 million subscriber mark

Discovery Communications' flagship network the Discovery Channel has passed the 100 million subscriber mark.
April 27, 2010

Discovery Communications’ flagship network the Discovery Channel has passed the 100 million subscriber mark. According to data from Nielsen Universe Estimates for May 2010, the net is now distributed in 100.1 million homes in the U.S. This makes the channel, which is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the second-most widely distributed cable net in the U.S. and the number one channel worldwide. ‘This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Discovery Channel, our founder and chairman John Hendricks and our entire company as we celebrate our 25th anniversary,’ said Discovery Channel president and GM Clark Bunting. ‘For a quarter century, Discovery has inspired audiences with groundbreaking programming and compelling storytelling about the ever-changing world around us. This latest achievement underscores the tremendous loyalty viewers have for Discovery Channel and its steadfast strength in the marketplace.’ Bill Goodwyn, president domestic distribution and enterprises, Discovery Communications, added that passing the 100 million subscriber mark is ‘a testament to Discovery Channel’s unwavering commitment to delivering top-quality content to viewers and being a trusted, value-building service for distribution partners.’

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