John Hendricks’s CuriosityStream reaches 13 million subs

CuriosityStream, the SVOD created by Discovery founder John Hendricks, has amassed 13 million subscribers.  The total number of paying global users has skyrocketed by 108% year-over-year, with the company noting that it has seen a significant uptick in annual plans and international subscribers. President and CEO Clint Stinchcomb said that this growth was due to […]

Discovery launches discovery+, offers 12 month free promo to Sky Q customers

Discovery has officially launched its streaming service discovery+ in the UK and Ireland. The streamer, previously branded as “a new SUV” to the “great sports cars” of Netflix and Amazon by Discovery CEO David Zaslav, promises to offer “an unprecedented collection of factual, lifestyle and reality programming.” As announced in October, the streamer – initially […]

Discovery prepped for ‘one step back and two forward’ as it pivots to streaming future

Discovery is prepared to “take one step back and two forward” as it pivots towards a streaming future internationally, according to CEO David Zaslav. Speaking on Discovery’s latest quarterly earnings call, Zaslav hinted that Discovery was prepared to go further in sacrificing near-term licensing revenue to aggregate its content into a  compelling direct-to-consumer play. Asked […]

Dplay to become discovery+ streaming service in UK and Ireland

Discovery UK is to rebrand its Dplay streaming service in the UK and Ireland to discovery+ next month alongside the launch of a subscription tier. The entertainment streaming service will aggregate Discovery UK’s pay TV and free-to-air brands, creating what Discovery describes as the ultimate destination for factual, lifestyle and reality content. It will be […]

Tele2’s Com Hem and Boxer to add Discovery’s Dplay to offering

Tele2-owned Swedish cable operator Com Hem and digital-terrestrial pay TV sister company Boxer have agreed a new distribution deal with Discovery Networks Sweden.  From the beginning of 2021, Com Hem and Boxer will also launch Discovery streaming service Dplay to all TV customers. Any existing Com Hem TV customer who buys Dplay via the cable TV […]

Discovery Plus enhances content in India with BBC deal

Discovery is bolstering its streaming service in India by offering a raft of blue chip natural history programming and exclusive content from BBC Studios (BBCS). Discovery Plus will offer BBCS content across genres including nature, history, medical sciences and warfare, with exclusive access to BBC shows including Icons – profiling the lives of 20th Century […]

Discovery partners with Magnite for D2C advertising strength in UK, Japan and India

Discovery has announced an expanded relationship with omnichannel sell-side ad platform Magnite as it looks to expand D2C OTT platform dplay. Magnite claims to be the world’s largest independent sell-side advertising platform that “combines Rubicon Project’s programmatic expertise with Telaria’s leadership in CTV”. Its tech is deployed by publishers across the world to monetise its […]

Discovery picks up AdSparx assets

Discovery has said that it has acquired assets of ad-tech firm AdSparx. The start-up promises to offer “a cloud-based technology platform that provides server side in-stream dynamic ad insertion (DAI) across live and on-demand streaming.” Discovery also said that, as part of the acquisition, it will onboard employees of Novix Media Technologies based out of […]

Eurosport channels to launch on DAZN in renewed deal with Discovery

Sports streamer DAZN has announced an extended partnership with Discovery to add the Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD channels in five countries. The new deal will see the channels will be available to DAZN customers live and on-demand in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland – with this marking the first time that […]

Discovery buys Mediaworks FTA channels in NZ, including Three and Bravo

Discovery is expanding its channels business in New Zealand by acquiring a raft of free-to-air channels from local operator MediaWorks. The binding agreement will see the factual giant acquire MediaWorks entertainment channels Bravo – operated as a JV with NBCUniversal – and Three, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub. Three+1, […]

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