BBC Studios and Discovery in the UK: a new SVOD and the UKTV split

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BBC Studios and Discovery in the UK: a new SVOD and the UKTV split

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BBC Studios and Discovery in the UK: a new SVOD and the UKTV split
The split of UKTV has been announced with the lifestyle channels going to Discovery, while the balance, along with the UKTV brand and VOD service, retained by the BBC, costing BBC Studios £173 million
In the same release, a new, global Discovery SVOD “powered” by BBC natural history and factual programming was announced, backed by a ten-year content partnership
The deal is a positive step for the BBC, which safeguards against flaky brand attribution internationally and the potential loss of revenues from Netflix, which is becoming more choosy when acquiring content

Contents

A Discovery SVOD service, “powered” by BBC natural history programming

Splitting up UKTV

  • Effects on TV ad sales market

Final thoughts

List of charts/tables

Figure 1. Streaming services with either the Blue Planet or Planet Earth series

Figure 2. UKTV portfolio by share of commercial impacts, adults 16+, 2018

Figure 3. Change in channel portfolios

Figure 4. SOCI by sales house, adults 16+, 2018 (%)