Discovery Network Channels - Going Soon?
We are in renewal negotiations with Discovery Networks and are doing everything possible to arrive at a deal which would allow us to continue our partnership with Discovery.
You- our customers - are our top priority and so, we are working hard to ensure that you can enjoy an uninterrupted viewing experience. Concurrently, we are acquiring fresh content in the event that negotiations prove unsuccessful. If we are unable to agree on a renewal, the seven Discovery Networks channels will cease transmission on 30 June 2018. As factual entertainment fans ourselves, we will announce the launch of several new channels to ensure a continued good range of education and lifestyle channels for you. This will be carried out in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to our announcements.
To thank you for your continuous support, we would like to show our appreciation by offering all our customers a free preview of over 25 channels over five genres from 11 June to 15 July 2018. More details can be found at starhub.com/free-preview. We are working on adding more channels on free preview and hope to add to this list over the next few days.
As our negotiations with Discovery continue, we hope to share more details in due course. Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding."
“After June 30, StarHub subscribers will no longer be able to watch Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Asia, Eurosport and Setanta on both StarHub TV and streaming service StarHub Go, should a resolution not be met. Discovery’s expanded lifestyle offering – with the recent addition of HGTV, Asian Food Channel, Food Network, and Travel Channel to our portfolio – will also no longer be available on StarHub platforms after August 31."
WOW! After the recent 'Fox Network Fiasco', history is repeating itself again. Starhub can delude themselves that the launch of the new channels will replace the channels lost but the fact is that Discovery network of channels has a lot of programs and shows not shown anywhere else.
Really? A disagreement over a 'cup of coffee'? Surely, Discovery must be thinking about a cup of coffee from Coffee Bean or Starbuck for the disagreement to brew for so long (pun intended!) Probably not a cheap cup of coffee.
And the free preview is a joke for those who already subscribed to the respective genre (like me). I think it will be a big loss if no resolution is met. Personally, I watched 7 of the 11 channels affected on a regular basis.