LONDON, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Liberty Global and Discovery Communications today announce a long-term, comprehensive renewal of their distribution agreement that guarantees delivery of Discovery’s full portfolio of fan-favorite networks, including flagships Discovery Channel, TLC, ID and Eurosport, to Liberty Global customers across its 12 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The deal also includes digital rights, ensuring passionate fans can access their favorite networks and shows on multiple screens, in and out of the home, through Liberty Global’s broadband companies, which include UPC, Virgin Media, Ziggo, Telenet and Unitymedia.
“Discovery is the leader in premium and provocative real-world entertainment through our loved brands that engage and entertain passionate communities across the globe. From world-class sporting events like the Olympic Games, Grand Slam Tennis, and important local sports to globally popular shows like GOLD RUSH, CAKE BOSS, and SHARK WEEK, this new deal strengthens our great partnership with Liberty Global and provides their customers with more premium content from Discovery’s networks and brands, across more screens than ever before,” said JB Perrette, President and CEO, Discovery Networks International.
Bruce Mann, Managing Director, Programming, Liberty Global, added: “This long-term renewal provides Liberty Global with guaranteed access to Discovery’s broad stable of world-famous brands. With greatly expanded distribution rights, we are well positioned to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations and evolving viewing habits. Meanwhile, the combination of our ever more innovative TV platforms with Discovery’s significant investment in content – including the Olympic Games – provide a framework for further creative opportunities that will drive even more value from the deal.”
As a relatively new player on the global sports stage, Discovery has been consistently investing in sports that are more premium, more exclusive and more locally relevant to passionate fans in markets across Europe. Liberty customers will have access to all of these key sporting events, which include in various markets MotoGP, Bundesliga, Premier League, Grand Slam tennis, and for the first time ever, every moment of the Olympic Games, including a significant number of events and coverage that only will be available on Eurosport.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s portfolio includes the global brands Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports content across Europe. Discovery reaches audiences across screens through digital-first programming from Discovery VR, Seeker and SourceFed Studios, as well as over-the-top and TV Everywhere offerings including Eurosport Player, Dplay, Discovery K!ds Play and Discovery GO.
For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in more than 30 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. We invest in the infrastructure that empowers our customers to make the most of the digital revolution. Our scale and commitment to innovation enables us to develop market-leading products delivered through next-generation networks that connect our customers who subscribe to over 59 million1 television, broadband internet and telephony services. We also serve over ten million1 mobile subscribers and offer WiFi service across six million access points.
Liberty Global’s businesses are comprised of two stocks: the Liberty Global Group (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) for our European operations, and the LiLAC Group (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB), which consists of our operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Liberty Global Group operates in 12 European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Ziggo, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC. The LiLAC Group operates in over 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Mas Movil and BTC. In addition, the LiLAC Group operates a submarine fiber network throughout the region in over 30 markets.
1 Subscriber statistics for Liberty Global (including the LiLAC Group) and CWC are as of March 31, 2016, and are based on each entity's subscriber counting policies. CWC’s subscriber counting policies may differ from those of Liberty Global. Accordingly, the combined subscriber statistics are not necessarily indicative of the actual number of subscribers to be reported by the combined operations once CWC conforms to Liberty Global's subscriber counting policies.