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Discovery’s Quest launches on Freeview in HD

Discovery-owned factual channel Quest has launched in high definition on the UK’s Freeview free-to-view platform, featuring a range of shows and sports events. Quest will continue to be available in standard definition on the platform. Quest’s programming line-up includes English Football League (EFL) highlights on Saturday evenings from 21:00 along with a midweek show. EFL […]

Discovery impacted by Scripps integration costs

Discovery’s profit was down year-on-year in Q2 as improved operating results were impacted by higher restructuring costs and charges associated with the integration of Scripps. Announcing its second quarter results, Discovery reported net income of US$216 million, compared to US$374 million for the same period last year. However, revenues were up 63% year-on-year on a […]

Discovery appoints Amazon exec as first global direct-to-consumer CEO

Discovery has appointed Amazon executive, Peter Faricy, to the newly created role of chief executive officer (CEO), global direct-to-consumer. Faircy will oversee Discovery’s global digital and direct-to-consumer businesses, which includes Discovery’s GO TV Everywhere products, Motor Trend, Eurosport Player, Discovery Kids, Dplay and its forthcoming PGA Tour-branded OTT golf service. Reporting directly to Discovery president and […]

ProSiebenSat.1 seeking ‘total reach’ with new digital strategy

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is focusing on achieving “a total reach with one video currency” spanning linear and digital platforms, with its extension of the 7TV joint venture with Discovery a “critical pillar” of this, according to CEO Max Conze. The extension of the partnership to include SVOD service Maxdome and Eurosport Player will start […]

Malone confirms succession plan

The CEOs of John Malone’s companies will have the first right to acquire his controlling stock after he dies, the US cable magnate has told the Irish Times. Malone, speaking during Liberty Global’s annual overseas board meeting in Dublin, confirmed to the paper that “most of [his] long-time CEOs…have the first right” to acquire stock […]

Discovery to launch new QuestOD on-demand service

Discovery is set to launch QuestOD, a catch-up and live streaming service for its free-to-air factual entertainment brands Quest and Quest Red in the UK. The service will be available online and as an app for iOS and Android and will make Quest content – including Championship English Football League highlights – available on-demand alongside […]

German watchdog approves ProSiebenSat.1-Discovery JV

The German competition watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, has approved the plan by commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery to launch a new integrated streaming platform for Germany that will incorporate ProSiebenSat.1’s 7TV and Maxdome services, Eurosport Player and a range of other content. The plan builds on the pair’s existing joint streaming platform, 7TV, extending the latter […]

Discovery extends Zaslav’s contract until 2023

Discovery has extended president and CEO David Zaslav’s employment contract through to the end of 2023. Zaslav’s contract was previously set to expire in 2020. The factual channel giant said that Zaslav’s contract extension would provide ongoing management continuity and stability and ensures Zaslav’s continued leadership for the next five and a half years. Zaslav’s […]

Virgin Media teams with Eurosport for 4K UHD TV Wimbledon coverage

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has teamed up with Eurosport to provide coverage of this week’s Wimbledon tennis tournament in 4K UHD TV. Virgin TV customers with a new V6 TV box will be able to watch both finals in ultra high-definition for the very first time. Customers can watch the men’s and women’s finals at […]

BBC and Channel 4 reportedly planning £500m bid for UKTV

The BBC is in talks with Channel 4 (C4) to make a £500 million (€565 million) bid to take full control of UKTV, according to The Guardian. BBC Studios is already the owner of 50% of UKTV, but it wants a majority stake in the company as it is a major source of profit for […]

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