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, […]

Sky-Discovery battle extends to Germany

Sky and Discovery are locked in carriage talks over the latter’s channels in Germany, with its local nets going dark early next week unless the pair can reach a last-minute deal. The situation is running in tandem to that in the UK, where a war of words broke out between the channels giant and pay TV […]

Discovery and Sky go to war over channels

Discovery risks seeing its channels go dark in the UK – its most important international market – amid a dispute over fees with Sky. The channels will come off the Sky platform at the end of the month if a new carriage fee deal isn’t agreed, and the current situation is described as an impasse”. […]

Discovery hires Euro Olympics chief

Discovery Communications has recruited Bernard Ross to join Eurosport and run its Olympics coverage across Europe. Ross joins from European football’s governing body, UEFA, where he oversaw delivery of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. As COO and general manager, Olympic Games, at Eurosport, he will head up production, logistics and organisational aspects of the planning […]

German pubcasters miss Discovery Olympics deal

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have failed to secure a deal with Discovery to air coverage of the Olympic Games from 2018-2024. Discovery will make coverage of the games available free-to-view on its Eurosport channel. The broadcaster said that its Eurosport 1 channel in Germany would offer the country “every moment of national importance” on […]

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