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Comcast, Discovery Renew Long-Term Carriage Agreement

Distribution agreement spans 12 Discovery U.S. networks across multiple Comcast distribution platforms

Comcast and Discovery Communications announced Monday that they have signed a long-term, comprehensive renewal of their distribution agreement.

The agreement will deliver Discovery’s 12 U.S. networks to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers across the country. The renewal also includes TV Everywhere rights, ensuring Xfinity TV customers have access to Discovery brands and programs on multiple platforms.

The renewal comes after Comcast’s failed bid to acquire Time-Warner Cable. Discovery, among several other content creators, opposed the deal. Comcast had previously accused Discovery, RFD-TV, TheBlaze and Back9 of attempting to command higher fees and terms “they could not reasonably expect in the competitive marketplace.”

Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav said in a statement: “Comcast is a dynamic and innovative company and has been a great partner of Discovery’s for over two decades. We look forward to continuing our relationship and unlocking the value of Discovery’s content in even greater ways for Xfinity viewers.”

Comcast Cable President and CEO Neil Smit said: “We’re pleased to extend our relationship with Discovery and its family of networks under this long-term renewal agreement. This renewal will enable our Xfinity TV customers to experience Discovery’s content in more ways and on more platforms than ever before.”

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