NEW YORK--Netflix has proven that content can be a revenue driver and has driven multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and content providers alike to improve their online offerings. But the myriad technologies available and ever-changing content rights issues are slowing deployment of multiscreen services.
Discovery Communications said Thursday that it recruited YouTube executive Kathleen Grace to run a new digital studio that will be focused on producing series which will be distributed through "a series of partnerships, with the possibility of expanded distribution across Discovery and other partner platforms."
U.S. programmers and wireless carriers will likely be paying close attention to a pilot test that KPN plans to kick off on March 20 in the Netherlands, where it will use its LTE network to deliver a package of 16 live TV network to subscribers using tablets and smartphones.
Discovery Communications is realigning the leadership team at its U.S. networks division, announcing that Eileen O'Neill will oversee Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity Channel.
Discovery Communications said that CEO David Zaslav signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the top non-fiction cable programmer through December 2019.
Discovery Communications is finally launching TV Everywhere content, announcing a deal Monday with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) that includes "authenticated access to Discovery content in the near future."
Comcast's NBCUniversal subsidiary said it has taken full ownership of preschool network Sprout, in a deal that will see it compete with Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Junior and Viacom's Nick Jr.
Discovery Communications said Thursday that carriage deals with fee increases for networks such as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet helped its U.S. Networks division grow distribution revenue by 10 percent to $329 million in the third quarter.
ESPN and Fox Sports may face new competition from Discovery Communications, which said it will soon launch a motorsports programming block on its Velocity network supplied by European all-sports network Eurosport.
The carriage deals that Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA) has with pay-TV distributors wouldn't block it from licensing content to virtual cable services like the one Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)...