Saved At The Last Moment: In a move straight out of a (Discovery?) docudrama series, Sky and NOW TV will get to keep Discovery’s group of channel, after the two companies managed to reach a financial agreement.
As we reported last week, Discovery, a US company responsible for channels such as Animal Planet, TLC and – the only one available on NOW TV – The Discovery Channel, were on the bring of removing these channels from Sky’s services, due to failed negotiations that took place for over a year.
During the dispute, both sides took to the internet to voice concerns, while bad-mouthing the other side, with Sky’s CEO, Jeremy Darroch, going so far as to state that Discovery’s ratings were in decline.
However, a deal between Sky and Discovery was finally struck, as BBC NEWS reports. According to Discovery, the new deal would keep its channels on Sky for “year to come”, and is “meaningfully better than our former agreement and their proposal”.
Stephen van Rooyen, CEO of Sky’s UK and Ireland division, also sounded more at peace with the almost-rival company and the deal the two had struck.
“The deal has been concluded on the right terms after Discovery accepted the proposal we gave them over a week ago.”
UK Cord cutters subscribed to NOW TV, will now be able to calmly keep watching programmes such as “Gold Rush”, “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” and “Deadliest Catch” – at least until the next kerfuffle.