Discovery and Sky agree last minute carriage deal
Discovery Communications and Sky have resolved the pay dispute that led to Discovery threatening to pull twelve channels from the platform.
Shortly before the deal deadline last night (January 31), a last-minute agreement was reached between Discovery and Sky to keep Discovery’s channels on the Sky platform.
Neither Discovery nor Sky has admitted to backing down on their demands for the deal. Sky said that Discovery “accepted the proposal we gave them a week ago” and that they had not agreed to their increased price demands.
Meanwhile, a Discovery spokesperson said: “The deal we reached with Sky is meaningfully better than our former agreement and their proposal. Furthermore, our new arrangement enables us to control our destiny in more ways, with even more opportunities to invest and launch channels and consumer services.”
The new multi-year deal means Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Discovery History, Discovery Shed, Home and Health, DMAX, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo will remain on Sky services, while Discovery Channel will remain on Now TV.
Last week, it was revealed Discovery were threatening to remove their portfolio of channels from Sky after negotiations over a new carriage deal broke down.
Discovery claimed they were not being offered a “fair price” for their content, and later accused Sky of using its dominant market position to “further its own commercial interest over those of viewers and independent broadcasters”.
They suggested Sky were looking for a way to cut costs after agreeing an extra £314m for Premier League rights in a new deal.
Sky hit back with assurances that they too only wanted a “fair price” and never led the negotiation table. They pointed out that Discovery’s share of viewers was down year on year, a fact that contradicted the official statement from Discovery’s portfolio.