AT&T U-verse TV to Include Discovery Networks
San Antonio, Texas, July 11, 2006
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today announced a comprehensive agreement with Discovery Communications to deliver all of its U.S. linear TV networks, as well as high-definition and on demand services, as part of the AT&T U-versesm TV channel lineup.
The Discovery networks now available as part of AT&T U-verse TV include the following: Discovery Channel; TLC; Animal Planet; Travel Channel; Discovery Health Channel; Discovery Kids; Discovery Times Channel; The Science Channel; Military Channel; Discovery Home Channel; BBC America and FitTV. The agreement also includes distribution of Discovery's three U.S. Spanish-language networks — Discovery en Español, Discovery Kids en Español, Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y Vivir) — as well as Discovery HD Theater, Discovery's 24-hour high-definition service and Discovery's on demand content.
"We are pleased to announce content agreements with today's most popular television networks and content providers, including Discovery, designed to deliver a truly revolutionary entertainment experience — centered around the consumer," said Dan York, head of programming, AT&T. "AT&T is delivering a robust and compelling television service, which will include the quality and engaging programming from our great partners at Discovery."
"Discovery is committed to providing the highest-quality programming services to viewers everywhere," said Bill Goodwyn, president, affiliate sales and marketing, Discovery Networks U.S. "We are pleased to be expanding the opportunity for consumers to experience our knowledge-filled brands and services."
AT&T U-verse TV is powered by Project Lightspeed, the company's initiative to expand the fiber-optics network deeper into neighborhoods to deliver U-verse TV, AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet, U-verse Enabled and, in the future, Voice over IP services. AT&T expects to reach nearly 19 million households by the end of 2008 as part of its initial deployment, using fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technologies.
Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media company with operations in 170 countries and territories reaching 1.4 billion cumulative subscribers. DCI's over 100 networks of distinctive programming represent 28 trusted brands including Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. DCI's other properties consist of Discovery Education and COSMEO, a revolutionary online homework help service, as well as Discovery Commerce, which operates more than 100 Discovery Channel Stores in the U.S. Discovery brings the real world to the whole world through its global multiplatform initiatives including Discovery Travel Media, Discovery Mobile and multiple broadband services. DCI's ownership consists of four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Cox Communications, Inc., Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company's Founder and Chairman. More information about Discovery and its businesses can be found at www.discovery.com.
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