Discovery Networks International is threatening to pull all of its channels from Sky following a carriage dispute between the two media giants.
If left unresolved, it would mean that channels such as Discovery, Animal Planet and TLC would disappear from Sky next week, on the 31st January 2017. Additionally, carriage of Discovery Channel on NOW TV would also be affected.
In a statement, Discovery has said Sky is using its “dominant market position” to avoid paying a “fair price” for its content. Discovery also says it is being paid less for its channels on Sky, despite Sky subscribers paying more, and more viewers across the UK tuning in to Discovery’s channels. Discovery says it is paid less now than in 2006 despite spending more on shows for the Sky platform. The broadcaster claims Sky is limiting choice – and plans to tell consumers what’s happening through an on-air promotional campaign beginning 8pm Wednesday.