Animal Planet will stop airing on the sub-Saharan pay-TV platform DStv at the end of the year, after the new signed deal between operator MultiChoice and Discovery Networks.
The renegotiated content deal does allow the continued distribution of Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Family and Investigation Discovery (ID) on DStv.
Greater video-on-demand (VOD) and catch-up hours are also involved, with shows from TLC, ID and Discovery Family all included for the first time. The four channels will launch on the DStv Now service in early 2018. HD versions of ID and Discovery Family will also be available in the new year, followed later by TLC HD.
Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment of MultiChoice said, “Our customers love the Discovery family of channels and we’re pleased that we could renew this agreement, including offering this world-class content to our customers wherever they are, to watch whenever they are ready.”
Animal Planet shows, including Treehouse Masters and Tanked and Insane Pools: Off The Deep End, will move to Discovery Channel or Discovery Family respectively. Some of Discovery’s other animal and wildlife content will also be made available on a new channel set to launch in the middle of 2018.
Dilek Doyran, VP and country manager for Africa, Discovery Networks CEEMEA said, “Our channels and content have been providing hours of enjoyment for DStv customers for many years and we’re thrilled to continue this legacy, with an unbeatable slate of programming across our portfolio which, thanks to this renewed agreement, DStv customers will now be able to access whenever and however it suits them. We look forward to making more announcements about our content offering on DStv in the new year.”