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 considers Ashes rights to boost discovery+

Discovery is reportedly eyeing a play for rights to the upcoming Ashes cricket series from Australia. The annual competition between England and Australia is one of cricket’s marquee events. BT most recently showed the Australian-staged ashes in 2017/18 while Sky has a deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board for England’s home matches until […]

Discovery and beIN renew MENA carriage deal, add Discovery Channel

Discovery has renewed its longstanding MENA partnership with beIN Media Group, the pair have confirmed. The partnership, an extension of one first agreed in 2016, will see the flagship Discovery Channel become available to beIN subscribers. Customers will also continue to have access to Discovery’s channels HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel and Arabic food network […]

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 […]

BT TV adds Eurosport

BT has expanded its sports offering with the addition of Discovery-operated Eurosport. The channel will be made available to subscribers of the Big Sport and VIP packages, with on demand also being made available from the BT Player and BT TV app. BT said that the price of the packages will remain the same at […]

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 […]

Australian Open a grand slam for Eurosport

Eurosport has seen “significant growth” in viewership thanks to the ongoing Australian Open tennis grand slam tournament. Eurosport said that linear viewership was up by double digits in its top 11 markets, with Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 registering a 41% and 28% increase respectively. Poland saw the greatest uplift of 276% thanks to the […]

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