How valuable are sports to broadcasters? Well, Discovery Communications is continuing its full-court press on rights for much of Europe, this week announcing a new long-term partnership with ORF, the public broadcaster in Austria. The deal will ensure every event of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be available for Austrian audiences across multiple screens.
Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and Batanga Media are partnering in a content deal that will allow both to increase their presence and reach in the Latin American market.
The agreement will leverage Discovery's video production expertise, and Batanga Media's distribution.
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Discovery Communications, which has been hesitant to jump into the OTT world, instead has decided to push deeper into its TV Everywhere product, this week announcing that its new TVE app – Discovery GO – would include content from nine of its channels, Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Velocity, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Life.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
Cablevision and Discovery Communications have signed a long-term carriage deal that covers multiple platforms and gives the cableco’s subscribers TV Everywhere access 13 U.S. networks.
No terms were disclosed, but authenticated Cablevision subscribers, said the two companies, “will have access to their favorite Discovery networks and shows for many years to come.”
Discovery Communications has upped its stake in European sports programming behemoth Eurosport International to a controlling interest of 51%.
The sportscaster is in 133 million homes in 54 countries, and is a treasure chest of niche sports like curling, as well as tennis, cycling and skiing. Brands include Eurosport, Eurosport HD, Eurosport Asia-Pacific and its 24/7 sports news channel 24-hour channel Eurosportnews.