It wasn’t that long ago that Sky TV customers were told that a swathe of popular channels could be removed from their set-top boxes overnight. Back in early 2017, a contract dispute between Sky and Discovery nearly ended with all 12 channels being pulled from the satellite TV service – despite Sky subscriptions sticking at the same cost.
It was a big concern at the time as Discovery operates a large number of well-liked television channels in the UK, including TLC, Animal Planet, and two Eurosport channels. Now, in a bid to stop this issue from happening again, Sky and Discovery have announced a long-term deal aimed at keeping this popular content available for the foreseeable future.
Sky says that the newly-penned deal includes standard channel distribution along with hours of video on-demand content. For the first time, the multi-year deal also covers Discovery’s non-linear brands in the UK and Ireland.
That means Sky will be a distribution partner for Discovery’s existing direct-to-consumer streaming services such as MotorTrend, and new products from the future pipeline of Discovery’s direct-to-consumer offerings.
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Sky Q and Eurosport say they will also be working together to bring the best possible experience to customers across the UK and Ireland for the 2021 Olympics with UHD and HD pop up feeds dedicated to specific sports and events.
Along with Sky customers getting access to all of Discovery’s channels, the deal also extends to Sky’s NOW TV streaming service which offers customers a way to watch without needing a dish or signing up to a long-term deal.
Speaking about the new deal Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe, Sky said: “We’re pleased to have reached a new agreement with Discovery. Our customers across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria can continue to enjoy their content, including their world-class factual programming.
“Discovery can take you from the depths of the ocean out to deepest space, all from the comfort of your living room. We bring together the best content from partners like Discovery, HBO and Showtime, add it to the best live sport in Europe, our award-winning Sky Originals and apps we love like Netflix, and put it all in one place on the world’s best platform, Sky Q.”
And Kasia Kieli, President & MD Discovery EMEA, added: “Sky and Discovery have been working together for over 30 years to bring audiences the best in real-life entertainment. We are very pleased that our strategic relationship continues to grow, and our new multi-dimensional agreement means Sky customers can continue to enjoy our wide range of factual, sport, lifestyle and entertainment channels and programmes for years to come.”
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