Discovery “continuously monitoring” Coronavirus in Japan amid Olympics fears

Discovery has told TBI sister title Digital TV Europe that it is “continuously monitoring” the spread of Coronavirus in Japan amid fears that the Tokyo Olympics could be delayed. In mid-2019, Discovery committed to presenting “the most comprehensive digital coverage of a Summer edition of the Olympic Games across Europe” following the €1.3bn ($1.4bn) rights […]

Discovery’s Eurosport heads to Singapore

Discovery and Singaporean broadcaster Mediacorp are to launch Eurosport and Setanta Sports via on-demand platform Toggle. The pan-European service and the rugby offering will be available at a monthly rate of $7.90. Eurosport’s portfolio includes cycling, tennis, judo, wrestling, winter sports, football and motorsports. The platform airs the Tour de France and IAAF Diamond League […]

TBI Weekly: Brand power could hold key for the future of TV

This week, it’s become clear that simply having quality content is no longer enough to drive viewers to networks. A core set of networks and providers dominate viewer time and those providing easy access to them fair the best, new stats show. So much for the brave new world in which anyone can compete with […]

Ampere: Premier League rights to pass £10bn mark

The value of Premier League football rights is set to break the £10 billion barrier for the first time, with Amazon emerging as a “significant potential bidder”, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm predicts that the total value for UK and international rights in the upcoming auction for three seasons from 2019 – 2022 […]

Hall: BBC must future-proof against US threats

BBC director general Tony Hall has said getting the “strategic relationship” between the UK pubcaster’s international sales and production division right will help “secure the future of British content, at home and around the world”, as the power of US rivals grows. In his autumn statement, Hall once again acknowledged the growing influence of US […]

Discovery unveils mobile Olympics plans

Discovery Communications has revealed plans to make Olympic Games coverage to mobile operators. The US company, which owns Eurosport, has multiplatform Olympics rights in Europe and unveiled its mobile plans at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. It will offer an official ‘Official Mobile Broadcaster’ package to telcos that will allow them to offer on-demand […]

Discovery buys into Global Cycling Network

Discovery has bought into Play Sports Group, the digital media business that runs the popular Global Cycling Network online (GCN) channel. The deal hands Eurosport-owner Discovery a 20% stake, for an undisclosed fee, and a seat on the Play Sports board. Eurosport holds an array of TV rights to cycling events – including the three […]

Discovery preps channel, focuses on UK, German growth

Discovery Communications will launch a new free-to-air channel in the UK alongside other new services in Britain and Germany. CEO David Zaslav said yesterday that a new carriage deal with Sky in the UK and Germany, which came about after a bitter standoff between the channel operator and pay TV platform, gave it greater flexibility […]

Discovery-Sky in crunch talks with hours to deadline

Discovery Communications and Sky remain locked in talks about a new carriage deal, with hours to go before a deadline expires that will see the former’s channels pulled from the pay TV platform. The pair have been involved in an acrimonious dispute over a new carriage deal for a bouquet of twelve Discovery pay TV […]

Discovery, Sky trade barbs as channel deadline looms

Discovery and Sky have both upped the ante in the bitter carriage dispute that will see twelve Discovery nets pulled from the pay TV platform this week unless a last-minute deal can be reached. Sky said over the weekend that Discovery has demanded almost £1 billion (US$1.25 billion) for its portfolio of channels. Discovery, meanwhile, […]

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