Discovery finds new partner: Kabel 1

Deal to begin in February

BERLIN — The Discovery Channel is dumping its long-term Teutonic partner pubcaster ZDF for Haim Saban-owned web Kabel 1.

The new partnership begins in February when the terrestrial web will air Discovery documentaries on its new K1 Discovery-branded Sunday afternoons.

Kabel 1, part of Saban’s ProSiebenSat.1 broadcasting group, primarily airs classic films and series such as “T.J. Hooker,” “Star Trek: The New Generation,” “Dallas” and “The Waltons.” Upcoming films include “A Fistful of Dollars,” “The Wild Bunch” and “Rosemary’s Baby.”

New deal ends a six-year first-look agreement with ZDF, which will continue to air inhouse produced docs as well as programming acquired from the BBC on its doc program “Wunderbare Welt.”

In addition to its Kabel 1 slot, Discovery Channel also has its own outlet on digital paybox Premiere.

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