Sky & Discovery agree carriage deal

Sky and Discovery have agreed a carriage deal which means Discovery’s portfolio of 12 channels will continue to be available on Sky and Discovery and NOW TV in the UK after 31st January 2017.

Susanna Dinnage, Managing Director, Discovery Networks UK, said: “We want to thank our millions of viewers and fans for their overwhelming support over the last few days. We have been humbled by the strength of the passion people feel for all our brands, including Discovery Channel, Eurosport, TLC, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery.”

We have reached a new agreement that guarantees Sky’s customers access to Discovery’s wide range of channels and programmes for years to come. 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.”

Discovery’s portfolio in the UK has the following channels: Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Discovery History, Discovery Shed, Home and Health, DMAX, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo

The 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.

Susanne Aigner-Drews, General Manager, Discovery Networks Germany, said: “We are grateful to our fans in Germany. Thank you for all your support. We have been in a business relationship with Sky for 20 years and we are glad that will continue.”

“We are pleased that we will continue to carry the Discovery and Eurosport channels on Sky,” declared Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK and ROI, Sky, who suggested that the deal had been concluded on “the right terms” after Discovery accepted the proposal Sky had offered over a week previously. “This is a good outcome for all Sky customers,” he averred.

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