Discovery, fubo carriage deal
June 21, 2019
Multichannel programmer Discovery and sports-focused live TV streaming service fuboTV have agreed a new, multi-year carriage deal that will bring 13 Discovery networks to fuboTV’s live TV streaming service in the coming weeks. The deal extends the strategic relationship between the companies that began with the former Scripps Networks Interactive (acquired by Discovery) and included carriage of its five networks including HGTV and Food Network.
“Our partners at fuboTV are building a unique programming service, and we are pleased to bring more of our portfolio of real-life passion brands and programmes to their subscribers,” said Eric Phillips, President of Affiliate Distribution at Discovery. “This agreement further exemplifies the viewer affinity for our beloved brands and talent, and fuboTV’s commitment to offering high-quality, world-class content to customers.”
Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and MotorTrend will be available on fuboTV’s base package, fubo Standard, joining HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, which are already available on the service.
At the same time, an expanded suite of Discovery networks including Science Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family, American Heroes Channel, and Discovery Life will be added to fuboTV’s add-on package, fubo Extra ($5.99/month for 30+ channels) joining DIY Network and Cooking Channel. Additionally, Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia will be available on fuboTV’s Spanish-language package, Latino Basic ($24.99/month for 20 channels), and the Latino Plus add-on package ($7.99/month for 15 channels).
In addition to bringing subscribers each network’s live linear feed, the agreement also includes a robust library of on-demand Discovery content, bringing fuboTV’s VoD library to over 60,000 movies and TV episodes per month.
“Today’s content agreement broadens the strategic relationship between Discovery and fuboTV that began almost two years ago with the former Scripps Networks,” said Joel Armijo, CFO, fuboTV. “We are excited to be adding more Discovery brands alongside their lifestyle networks, which we already carry. These brands, including HGTV and Food Network, are among our top performing entertainment networks, and this agreement allows us to extend our partnership for years to come. We expect to be similarly successful with our new Discovery networks.”