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AT&T to spin off media assets including HBO Max to standalone business with Discovery

Discovery and AT&T have struck a definitive agreement to combine WarnerMedia’s  entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery’s nonfiction and international entertainment and sports businesses to create a standalone global entertainment company. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T would receive US$43 billion, subject to adjustment, in cash, debt securities, and WarnerMedia’s retention of certain […]

Discovery+ strikes Amazon Prime Video channels deal in US

Recently launched streamer Discovery+ is now available via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels in the US. The deal, which comes four months since Discovery rolled its standalone SVOD service out in the US, will provide subscribers with access to around 55,000 episodes from 2,500 shows, with brands such as HGTV and Food Network represented. The ad-free version of […]

Discovery agrees first US pay TV deal for discovery+ with Comcast

Discovery has signed its first US pay TV deal for its streaming service discovery+ with Comcast. The arrangement will see the SVOD, which launched in the US in January, available on the Xfinity Flex OTT platform and the more traditional X1 set-top box in the coming weeks. Discovery signed a similar deal with Comcast’s UK […]

Discovery rejigs UK operations to focus on streaming, with 10% job cuts mooted

Discovery has restructured its operations in the UK to shift more emphasis onto its recently launched streamer, with around 10% of jobs in the country at risk. News of the revamp was revealed by EVP James Gibbons last week and comes six months since Discovery+ was rolled out in the UK, where the factual giant employs […]

Discovery builds on SVOD launch with revamped marketing solutions offer

Discovery has launched a new marketing solutions offer which brings its sports and entertainment portfolio together.  Aimed at brand partners across its 200 international markets, Discovery said that uniting sports and entertainment gives advertisers the opportunity to “access all of Discovery’s rich content, on all of its platforms, across every global market, through one central […]

discovery+ at 11 million subs

Discovery has reached 11 million subscribers to its recently launched subscription streaming service, discovery+. The SVOD first launched in the UK in November before a wider rollout to the US in January. Discovery claimed that the streamer launched with the most content of any new streaming service with 55,000 episodes from 2,500 shows from brands […]

Ex Hulu marketing boss in at Discovery

Discovery has announced the hire of Patrizio “Pato” Spagnoletto as the global chief marketing officer of its direct-to-consumer business. Based in Los Angeles, Spagnoletto will play a key role in establishing the recently launched discovery+ as a major player in the SVOD market. In this newly created role, the exec will oversee a unified global […]

Discovery picks up Giro d’Italia cycling rights

Discovery has secured the exclusive global rights to cycling’s Giro d’Italia. The long-term deal with RCS Sport via IMG will see Discovery continue to exclusively show the Italian event until at least 2025, and follows the announcement that Eurosport will screen a wide range of UCI events in 2021. The rights deal covers the entire […]

discovery+ lands on Samsung and Amazon devices in UK and Ireland

Recently launched SVOD discovery+ is now available on Samsung smart TVs and Amazon Fire TV devices in the UK and Ireland. The expanded distribution follows an initial launch on Sky Q in November 2020 and a subsequent international rollout at the beginning of January. The app will be available on Samsung Smart TVs released from […]

Discovery promotes Lydia Fairfax with charge to develop streaming relationships

Discovery has announced the promotion of Lydia Fairfax to the role of SVP, head of commercial partnerships for EMA and commercial development UK & Nordics. In this new position, Fairfax will be tasked with leading the development of commercial partnerships in EMEA with a specific focus on the recently launched streaming service Discovery+. Based in […]