Discovery Gets European Commission Approval to Buy Scripps Networks

Today Discovery is one step closer to buying Scripps Network the company that owns many popular channels like HGTV, The Travel Channel, Food Network, and more. Today the European Commission has approved Discovery’s proposed acquisition of Scripps Network.

“We are pleased with the positive decision of the European Commission,” said Discovery CEO David Zaslav. “We believe that joining the Discovery and Scripps Networks’ family of brands and assets will allow us to better serve our passionate fans with more content on more platforms worldwide, while at the same time optimizing our business for greater efficiency.”

Now Discovery is waiting for US approval to close their deal to buy Scripps Networks.

According to reports Discovery sees expanding their lineup with the purchase of Scripps Networks as a way to diversify as cord cutting grows. From sources close to the idea, it looks like Discovery wants to create a service that will let non-cable subscribers pay Discovery directly and get access to most, if not all, its channels. This is similar to how HBO and Showtime now offer their own streaming services HBO NOW and SHOWTIME.

Would you subscribe to a $3 or $4 a month Discovery streaming service? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Source: B&C

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11 Responses to Discovery Gets European Commission Approval to Buy Scripps Networks

  1. Dan Ataz February 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    We’d definitely subscribe. Don’t want any sports and it’s hard to get any of these as a cord cutter without overpaying for other services. Hopefully sooner than later 🙂

    • Jon Frantz February 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

      Check out Philo it’s perfect for this situation.

      • Dan Ataz February 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

        Nope, I’d like to get locals. YTTV is great for that but too expensive with all the Sports crap. So for now we use some sort of “Local News” ap on Roku to sortof get live local news in some areas of the country. We’d like to have access for local and national news but that can’t be had on the cheap – don’t even say OTA – been there tried that. crap reeption that varies by the day. Even place a rotor on the full mast mounted antennae and could not fine tune it on bad days (which usually were the clear and cloudy days – partly cloudy were the best)

  2. Fred Koot February 6, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Yes, Discovery has a great line up, but can’t see them only charging $3 to $4 A month

    • Me February 6, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

      why not they are are part of Philo which only charges $16 total.

      • Todd February 6, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

        When you include the Scripps networks on top of Discovery, that’s roughly 2/3 of the lineup for Philo. The math works out to around $10/month. Still, I would pay that if all I wanted was Discovery and Scripps.

      • Fred Koot February 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

        Have to provide the infrastructure,

  3. Randall E Strowbridge February 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    Been waiting for discovery to cut the cord!!!Great news can’t wait!!!

  4. Todd February 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    The only reason I have a streaming service is for sports, so I more than likely wouldn’t sign up for it. That said, if sports wasn’t an issue, I would absolutely go with a service like this even if the cost was slightly higher than that ($10 max).

  5. Malignar February 6, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    Philo is essentially this with A&E. So I’m not sure that a Discovery/HGTV streaming service would help the cord cutting cause much.

  6. Wambie February 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

    No. But I probably would for other channel groups offered in this format.