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HGTV to launch in Italy, Central European markets

Discovery is set to launch its flagship home and lifestyle channel HGTV as a free-to-air channel in Italy, and as a pay channel in 11 Central European markets. The European roll ...
January 9, 2020

Discovery is set to launch its flagship home and lifestyle channel HGTV as a free-to-air channel in Italy, and as a pay channel in 11 Central European markets.

The European roll out of HGTV is part of Discovery’s international strategy to expand the reach of this former Scripps Network brand through its extensive distribution network. HGTV launched in Germany and South Africa in 2019.

Meanwhile, Home is rebranding to HGTV in the UK on Jan. 21.

HGTV will bow in Italy on Feb. 2 and in Central Europe, including Romania, Hungary and Serbia, in Q1 2020.

“It’s great to be launching HGTV in Italy and across Central Europe including Romania, Hungary and Serbia,” said Kasia Kieli, president and MD Discovery EMEA, in a statement. “It is a fantastic flagship brand providing a dedicated destination for fans who love home and restoration shows.

“HGTV also provides a unique opportunity for commercial partners and advertisers to connect with this key audience group. We will be announcing further launches over the coming months.”

HGTV’s slate includes unscripted hits like Fixer Upper, House Hunters¬†and Flip or Flop.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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