Discovery Racks Up MVPDs for ‘Discovery Go’

Hundreds on Board, Though Some Majors Not Yet on List
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Discovery Go, the recently launched TV Everywhere app that features live feeds and on demand content from nine Discovery-run networks, has managed to extend access to hundreds of U.S. MVPDs, though some major providers are not yet on that list.

According to a count derived from the app itself, Discovery Go is available to authenticated video subscribers of more than 350 MVPDs. In addition to recent TVE support from RCN and Bright House Networks, others that are on board with Discovery Go include Cable One, Frontier, Mediacom Communications, WideOpenWest, Cox Communications, Cablevision Systems, Armstrong, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink, GCI, Grande Communications, Atlantic Broadband, Blue Ridge Communications, and PlayStation Vue, Sony’s new OTT-TV offering.

Some big names currently absent from that list include Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Charter Communications, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse and DirecTV.

TWC will be on board “soon,” and, for now, TVE content from Discovery is available to Comcast subs via the MSO’s Xfinity TV Go app, a Discovery official noted in an email to Multichannel News. Comcast and Discovery, by the way, announced a long-term renewal in July that factors in TVE rights.

Beyond those, "our distribution deals are rolling, and TVE will continue to be central as we enter new agreement,” the official added.

The early numbers are significant considering that Discovery, after sitting on the TVE sidelines for years, launched its TVE app earlier this month.

But rather than building discrete apps for each property, Discovery’s approach with Discovery Go is to aggregate access to live TV feeds and VOD from nine networks -- Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Velocity, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Life.

Discovery Go is currently offered on the Web (at DiscoveryGO.com) and via apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The programmer expects to extend access to more platforms in the coming months. 

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