TBI Tech & Analysis: Picking apart Western Europe’s pay-TV & OTT markets

Western Europe’s pay-TV and OTT operators secured more than 300 million subscribers in 2021, with streaming fuelling a year-on-year uptick of 26 million customers overall. However, that only tells part of the story, as Omdia’s Rob Moyser, Tony Gunnarsson, Matt Evenson & Max Signorelli explain. Subscribers in Western Europe have been a key target for […]

Discovery brings ‘Top Gear’ catalogue to Japan in BBC Studios deal

The UK’s BBC Studios has signed a deal with Discovery to bring 27 seasons of motoring show Top Gear to Japanese audiences via the Dplay streaming service. Japanese automotive fans will be able to enjoy classic editions of the long-running show, as well as new instalments as seasons 2-28 are included in the deal. The […]

Discovery’s Dplay to launch in MENA via Starzplay

Factual giant Discovery and streaming service Starzplay have signed a deal to bring the former’s OTT service Dplay to the MENA region. Dplay will launch through the Starzplay platform, adding thousands of hours of content from its global franchises such as Shark Week, MythBusters and Say Yes To The Dress. Dplay will launch in Q2 […]

Exclusive: Discovery to launch Indian streamer ‘D Plus’ in 2020

Discovery is launching an Indian streaming service next year, building on its success with a local news aggregation giant.  TBI understands that the service will be called D Plus and has evolved out of a partnership between Discovery and Indian news aggregation service DailyHunt. Backed by telco Verse Innovation, DailyHunt – which exists as a […]

Discovery expands AVOD service Dplay into UK and Ireland

Discovery is expanding its streaming service Dplay into the UK and Ireland. The AVOD service, which is currently available out of 10 countries including Italy and the Nordics, will unite content from Discovery’s six free-to-air channels, including Quest, Really, Quest Red, Home, Food Network and DMAX. The platform includes popular franchises from Discovery’s flagship free-to-air […]

NBC’s ‘Making It’ secures first international remake with Discovery Finland

Discovery Finland has become the first broadcaster to remake NBC series Making It, after striking a deal with NBCUniversal International Formats. The 10 x 60 minute version will air on Discovery Finland’s channel TV5 and streaming service Dplay, with Rabbit Films (Game Night, Who Wants to be a Millionaire) producing. The reality competition series will […]

Google exec to lead Discovery Nordics digital unit

Google exec Karin Bonde has left the tech giant to become VP of Discovery Networks Nordics’ digital entertainment business. The new role will see Bonde leading operations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, working on growing the unit through new business models and digital content types. She begins her new role next Tuesday (August 22), based […]

Discovery building the ‘Netflix of sports’

With Olympics and other rights in hand, Eurosport can become the ‘Netflix of sports’, according to parent company Discovery Communications. Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav told analysts that owning the linear and digital rights to all Eurosport content opened up a range of possibilities. “Because we own the sports content for both linear and […]

Discovery eyes D2C Velocity, Science apps

Discovery Communications could soon launch direct-to-consumer apps for its Velocity and Discover Science channels as it seeks to super-serve what president and CEO David Zaslav calls “passionate tribes”. Discovery has already launched over-the-top, on-demand players Dplay and Eurosport, and may now move on to similar launches for its American channel brands. Zaslav said networks that […]

Discovery ‘will hit 1m, $100m OTT target’ by 2017

Discovery Communications says it will hit its one-million direct-to-consumer OTT subs by 2017, bringing it US$100 million in extra revenue. The channel operator’s CEO and president, David Zaslav, gave the forecast on an analyst call following Discovery’s full-year results. “We won’t reach a million subs in 2016, but we do have a march to a […]