Discovery, Cablevision Ink Multiplatform Renewal

Discovery Communications has inked a multiyear renewal of its distribution agreement with Cablevision Systems Corp.

The new, multiplatform deal allows Cablevision subscribers to enjoy continued access to Discovery’s portfolio of 13 U.S. networks, while providing TV Everywhere rights to the MSO's subs through authentication.

The agreement, financial terms of which were not disclosed, with the New York metro area's predominant provider encompasses Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, American Heroes Channel, Velocity, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life Channel, Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia, ensures Cablevision subscribers will have access to their favorite Discovery networks and shows for many years to come.

“Investing in world-class content that satisfies viewers’ curiosity has always been Discovery’s top priority,” said Disocvery Communications president of domestic distribution Eric Phillips. “This renewed agreement speaks to the value of that investment, as well as the track record of success and continued strength of Discovery’s brands. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Cablevision and to bringing their subscribers the high-quality, original content they’ve come to expect from our portfolio of networks.”

The pact continues Discovery's recent push toward broadening its reach via TV Everywhere.  Since it inked a comprehensive pact with Time Warner Cable in November 2013, all of Discovery's affiliate agreements have incorporated TVE rights. The programmer, which faces a contract deadline with Comcast this summer, has also scored renewals with Cox Communications, Suddenlink and GCI, through its master agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative.