Deal done: Discovery channels to remain on Sky TV

Around 6.5 million viewers could be affected

by hodg100 Jan 30, 2017 at 9:30 AM - Updated: Jan 31, 2017 at 8:48 PM

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    Deal done: Discovery channels to remain on Sky TV
    Update 9pm 31st January 2017 - A deal has been reached and the Discovery channels will remain on the Sky platform.

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    Original story - 30th January 2017
    - Discovery UK is about to pull all thirteen of its channels from the Sky line-up unless a last minute agreement can be reached between the two parties.

    The companies are at loggerheads over the amount of money Sky wishes to part with to renew their agreement, with Discovery claiming that Sky is not willing to pay a ‘fair price’ for its content; in fact, Discovery says that Sky is currently paying them less than they did ten years ago.

    The channels about to be pulled from the EPG include Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, Animal Planet, TLC, Investigation Discovery, DMAX, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Shed, Discovery Science, Discovery History, Home & Health and Quest.

    Discovery has accused Sky of using its, “dominant market position to further its own commercial interest,” and added that, “the vitality of independent broadcasters like Discovery and plurality in TV is under threat.”

    A Sky spokesperson responded strongly in saying: "Despite our best efforts to reach a sensible agreement, we, like many other platforms and broadcasters across Europe, have found the price expectations for the Discovery portfolio to be completely unrealistic.

    "Sky has a strong track record of understanding the value of the content we acquire on behalf of our customers, and as a result we've taken the decision not to renew this contract on the terms offered.

    "We have been overpaying Discovery for years and are not going to anymore. We will now move to redeploy the same amount of money into content we know our customers value."

    Data from GB TGI Clickstream and Kantar Media UK would suggest that the Discovery channels, as a whole, reach up to 6.7 million viewers on a weekly basis. The channels will disappear on 1st February 2017 if no last minute agreement can be reached. At this time, it’s unclear whether Sky will offer any form of compensation to its affected customers.

    Whichever way you look at it, that’s an awful lot of viewers who are going to miss out on their favourite programming. How are you going to be affected?

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