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MetalGearRex1,058 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
http://m.broadcastnow.co.uk/5115057.article
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Discovery plots second free channel

15 FEBRUARY, 2017 | BY MANORI RAVINDRAN

Discovery is to launch a second free-to-air channel in the UK, following its acrimonious carriage deal negotiations with Sky.

In the international broadcaster’s full-year earnings call, Discovery Communications chief executive David Zaslav revealed the agreement with Sky “includes new opportunities to launch new channels and services” in the UK and Germany.

Zaslav unveiled plans for a second free-to-air channel to tap into Discovery’s “strong existing IP to reach more viewers in the UK market” and generate revenue in 2017.

Discovery launched free-to-air channel Quest in 2009. The channel, which sits on Freeview channel 37 alongside a +1 service, features a range of Discovery shows including Deadliest Catch [pictured], Salvage Hunters and Wheeler Dealers.

Plans for the forthcoming channel have emerged weeks after Discovery and Sky reached an 11th hour deal to keep channels including Discovery Channel, Eurosport and TLC on the pay-TV platform.

Zaslav claimed that while Discovery did not “look forward to potential carriage standoffs”, the Sky agreement reaffirmed the value of its portfolio of channels and engagement of fans.

He also identified Eurosport Player, the direct-to-consumer SVoD service, as an opportunity to further Discovery’s “Sports Netflix” strategy.

“The team is building bottom-up, country-by-country, business plans with custom pricing and packaging, tailored to the rights we have in each market,” he said. “Early results in testing various consumer packages are promising, including in the UK, where we have seen 150% increase in subscribers in the market.”

International revenue dip

Discovery Communications’ international business saw a slight dip in revenues due to currency fluctuations and its SBS Radio sale, while the domestic business grew by 5%.

The non-American division reported revenue of $3.04bn (£2.4bn) in the twelve months to the end of 2016, down from $3.1bn (£2.5bn) the previous year.

Meanwhile, the US networks drew revenue of $3.3bn (£2.6bn) for the year, up $3.1bn (£2.5bn) the year prior.

Overall, Discovery’s revenues grew 2% to $6.5bn (£5.2bn), up from $6.4bn (£5.1bn) in 2015.

Within the international division, distribution revenues – excluding the impact of currency effects – grew 10% due largely to higher affiliate rates in Europe and Latin America and subscriber growth in Latin America, as well as contributions from Eurosport France.

Operating expenses for international increased 3% - or 9% excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and the SBS Radio sale - due to increased sports content and production costs, higher content impairment charges in Northern Europe, and higher personnel and marketing costs.

News that was too big for the Freeview thread - Discovery is now planning a second FTA channel to complement Quest.

Wonder how this will turn out - Quest+1 could get shunted off the Freeview platform to make way for this new channel, but Discovery can still manage to get Quest+1 on COM8, if anything.
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MetalGearRex1,058 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
Lots of special Pres to collect then Very Happy Crying or Very sad

Presemon. Gotta catch them all!

Fun and jokes aside - I did not expect to see big rumblings of Freeview news today. First Discovery's new FTA channel, and then Sony buying up TruTV...developments should be interesting.
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62305819,706 posts since 19 Aug 2005
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Lots of special Pres to collect then Very Happy Crying or Very sad

Presemon. Gotta catch them all!

Fun and jokes aside - I did not expect to see big rumblings of Freeview news today. First Discovery's new FTA channel, and then Sony buying up TruTV...developments should be interesting.


I'm happy people have created threads instead of dumping stuff in the Freeview mega thread. Since its female quest I bet we will see alot of TLC stuff coming down the line.
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MetalGearRex1,058 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
http://m.broadcastnow.co.uk/5115119.article
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Discovery preps female-skewed channel

16 FEBRUARY, 2017 | BY MANORI RAVINDRAN

Discovery is to launch a female-skewing channel– dubbed Quest Red – in the UK after David Zaslav revealed plans to boost its free-to-air presence.

The channel will launch on 15 March across Freeview, YouView, BT, Talk Talk, Sky and Virgin Media.

A slot for the channel is to be confirmed soon, although it’s understood that it will replace Quest+1.

Quest Red will host the UK premieres of six-part true crime series Is OJ Innocent? The Missing Evidence, Jo Frost: Nanny on Tour, Long Lost Family US and Paranormal Lockdown with Nick Groff.

Programming will span reality, medical, investigative documentaries and true crime.

Earlier this week in the international broadcaster’s full-year earnings call, Discovery Communications chief executive David Zaslav revealed that the broadcaster would be launching a free-to-air channel as part of its new agreement with Sky.

It will sit alongside male-skewing free-to-air channel Quest, which was launched in 2009.

The channel, which sits on Freeview channel 37, features a range of Discovery shows including Deadliest Catch, Salvage Hunters and Wheeler Dealers.

Clare Laycock, vice-president and head of channels at Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, said: “Bright, welcoming and straight talking, Quest Red is the home of irresistibly real TV and brings something entirely new to free-to-air television for a female skewing audience.

“With a vibrant fusion of fascinating stories, captivating lifestyles and compelling crime, we’re really excited to launch a new real life entertainment channel tailor-made for audiences who love great TV.”

Quest Red is apparently the second FTA channel that was mulled yesterday by Discovery. Female-skewed of course (levelling it out with Quest) and it's launching on March 15th.
Won't be surprised if it ousts Quest+1 on COM6 - though Discovery can retain the channel through COM8.
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'Mars.'