Discovery, YouTube TV Reach Distribution Agreement

Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, 4 other channels to launch April 10; OWN by year-end
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Discovery Inc., said it has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with YouTube TV for its networks to be carried on the over-the-top service’s live TV and on-demand offerings.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Discovery said its Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend networks will launch on the service on April 10. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, will launch by year end 2019.

“We are proud to partner with YouTube to deliver our beloved networks, talent and programming to YouTube TV subscribers,” said Discovery president of affiliate distribution Eric Phillips in a press release. “This agreement highlights how much viewers love our brands and the high value that passion has in the marketplace, and underscores YouTube TV’s commitment to offering high-quality programming to subscribers.”

In addition to the live channels, YouTube TV subscribers can access Discovery content through YouTube TV’s VOD service, DVR with no storage space limits or authenticate to Discovery’s GO platform, with access to the nine networks’ watch apps and entire library of nearly 50,000 on-demand titles.

“We’re thrilled to add the Discovery channels to YouTube TV, which has been a key ask from our subscribers,” said YouTube TV global head of partnerships Lori Conkling in a press release. “We launched YouTube TV to showcase the best of live TV through a simple and modern experience. Today’s announcement delivers on that promise as we continue to build a new way to experience your favorite TV shows.” 

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