Discovery Expands Reach Into Online Streaming, Channels Space With Dplay and Immersive Eurosport Player

Discovery Expands Reach Into Online Streaming,

Discovery Communications is set to launch its OTT premium streaming service Dplay in Denmark, Sweden and Italy by year-end, as part of a strategic move to expand its reach in new markets and platforms.

Discovery, which owns Eurosport, is also bowing a immersive version of its OTT service Eurosport Player, which is present in 52 markets worldwide. The new version will include simulcast of Eurosport channels on full screen, intuitive channel navigation, more stats and highlights as well as the opportunity to choose your own camera angles. The enhanced Eurosport Player will kick off on June 10, in the run-up to the famed motor race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Dplay’s offer, meanwhile, is an all access pass to Discovery content, ranging from general entertainment to live sports and non-fiction content. It will include such flagship shows as Deadliest Catch (pictured above). Dplay first rolled out in Norway last year and is now available as beta product in Denmark, Sweden and Italy.

“Building on our leadership in pay-TV channels, which are still growing at a strong pace, we are also aggressively launching digital, direct-to-consumer products in key markets, with a goal of reaching one million subscribers by 2017,” claimed JB Perrette, president of Discovery Networks International, who pointed out Discovery currently boasts an average of 10 channels in 220 markets.

“Dplay is Discovery’s second OTT product and we are laser-focused on delivering direct to consumer, multiplatform experiences that offer must see content at a fixed price,” said Dave Schafer, senior VP of digital for Discovery Networks International.

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  1. Roman Holubovski says:

    As a Eurosport subscriber I can tell you that the new interface is flashier. I can also tell you it has problems with functionality. Before watching full screen was like watching TV, as clear and smooth. Now the video is grainy and, in their own words, jerky. Their response to subscibers is just watch in a smaller window. Don’t believe me? Anybody in Europe can go to, click on Live TV, and expand the annoying advert video they have in a loop to full screen. If you are watching an on-demand video and take their advice and resize, the video starts from the beginning again. Very poor quality interface. Much worse than before.

    Maybe they rushed to meet the date in the article. Maybe they thought that hype was enough and they did not need functionality. But if this is the future of Discovery Communications, their future is bleak.

  2. Todd Taylor says:

    So… is this for people who haven’t heard about Netflix yet?

    • nerdrage says:

      This for the entire entertainment industry, which is in total panic mode because they’ve realized Netflix will destroy their business. Let them panic for a few years, they’ve already missed the boat. It’ll all settle down to a handful of global streaming services and two slots are already filled (Netflix, Amazon). However, Discovery does have one advantage here: sports. Netflix has already said they won’t be competing in that market.

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