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Discovery, Sky strike carriage deal in UK market

Discovery Communications and European pay-TV operator Sky have reached a new deal after a dispute over a carriage deal left Discovery threatening to pull its channels from the cable company in the UK, ...
January 31, 2017

Discovery Communications and European pay-TV operator Sky have reached a new deal after a dispute over a carriage deal left Discovery threatening to pull its channels from the cable company in the UK, potentially leaving more than 5.5 million homes without any its content.

Under the new agreement, Discovery’s 12 channels will remain available on Sky and Discovery Channel will remain on NOW TV after Jan. 31, 2017.

“The deal we reached with Sky is meaningfully better than our former agreement and their proposal. Furthermore, our new arrangement enables us to control our destiny in more ways, with even more opportunities to invest and launch channels and consumer services,” said a Discovery spokesperson.

The agreement comes after the two media giants were feuding over their carriage deal last week, which threatened to leave millions without any Discovery content. Discovery claimed Sky had been paying less for its content than it was a decade ago, despite gaining an increase in viewers by 20%. The network has said it has also increased investment in original content by 30% since 2010.

Discovery’s portfolio in the U.K. includes Discovery Channel (pictured, Fighter), TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Discovery History, Home and Health, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo, among others.

The new agreement also includes Discovery’s four pay-TV channels in Germany: Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD and Eurosport 360 HD. Discovery also operates three free-to-air networks in Germany: DMAX, Eurosport 1 and TLC.

“We have reached a new agreement that guarantees Sky’s customers access to Discovery’s wide range of channels and programs for years to come,” Susanna Dinnage, managing director, Discovery Networks U.K, said in a statement. “Our fans’ voices were heard loud and clear. They want choice and great TV and I cannot stress how much we love them for their support.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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