Discovery Will Create Its Own Global Streaming Service as Part of New BBC Content Partnership

10-year deal brings shows like Planet Earth to OTT offering

Discovery Inc., the biggest remaining major media company without an OTT strategy, has finalized its direct-to-consumer plans.

As part of huge new 10-year content partnership with BBC Studios, Discovery will create a global streaming service, which it said will launch “by 2020,” featuring its own programming library, original content and what Discovery calls “experiences and offerings that go well beyond video.”

Discovery acquired exclusive global streaming rights to hundreds of hours of BBC programming across factual genres, including natural history franchises like Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Life and Dynasties, as well as future BBC-commissioned BBC Studios series, after their linear airings.

As part of the deal—which is effective in all territories except for the U.K.,



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