Discovery, Sky hammer out new carriage deal after war of words

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav speaks at Investor Day 2015
Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav

Discovery Communications and U.K. pay-TV provider Sky have reached a new carriage deal after retransmission negotiations led to a scuffle between the companies.

The new deal comes just before the previous agreement was due to expire.

“We wanted you to be the first to know that we have reached an agreement, which means all your favorite channels and programs will be staying on Sky. We couldn’t have done it without you,” Discovery said in a post on its website. “Your support over the past few days has been truly amazing and we look forward to bringing you more of the TV you love in the weeks, months and years to come.”

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The companies’ new carriage agreement comes just one day after Discovery accused Sky of being misleading, after Sky said that Discovery was demanding $1.25 billion for the right to carry its channels.

“We were prepared to pay a fair price for the Discovery and Eurosport channels and invest more in those channels to make them even better for our customers. We have offered hundreds of millions of pounds to Discovery, a US$12B American business, but that wasn’t enough. They asked the Sky Group to pay close to £1B ($1.25B) for their portfolio of channels, many of which are in decline,” Sky said in a statement, according to Deadline.

“Sky’s statement is unfortunately based on ‘alternative facts,’” Discovery said in a statement. “The truth is Sky pays us less now than they did in 2006. We have asked for a few extra pennies per year for each Sky household. We would never choose to come off Sky and abandon our viewers who we value enormously.”

“We’ve been amazed and humbled by the incredible support from many of the millions who watch Discovery programs on Sky every week. We hope Sky will listen to them and realize that while they provide top quality sport and drama, people want variety and choice and that includes all the programs offered by Discovery's network of channels including documentaries, sport, natural history and entertainment,” Discovery added.

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