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Discovery, NCTC ink long-term distribution deal

Discovery Communications has reached a multi-year deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative that gives member companies continued access to the cable giant's 13 networks in the United States.
January 7, 2015

Discovery Communications has reached a multi-year distribution deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) that gives member companies continued access to the cable giant’s 13 networks in the United States.

The agreement also covers TV Everywhere rights through subscriber authentication on multiple devices. Discovery U.S.’s networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Based in Kansas, the NCTC is a non-profit organization that acts as a programming and hardware purchasing firm for cable operators and owners in the United States.

“This new agreement allows all members full participation rights, and is an example of Discovery’s commitment to build strong partnerships with independent distributors,” said Judy Meyka, NCTC’s exec VP of programming. “We look forward to seeing our member companies benefit from this renewed important partnership.”

In related news, Discovery Channel has hired executive producer John Goldwyn to help expand the network’s scripted slate. His credits include the Fox series Gracepoint, which was produced by Shine America.

The news comes as former Shine America CEO Rich Ross steps into the role of Discovery Channel president.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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