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Discovery Inc. CEO Says Company Needs Support From TV Providers to Launch Streaming Service

Discovery Inc. wants to increase its footprint in the streaming space as CEO David Zaslav revealed the company has plans to launch a streaming service, which would include content from all their big brands — Discovery Channel, TLC, Food Network and HGTV. However, in order for such a service to be on the market, Zaslav admitted they would need support from traditional TV providers and Discovery is currently in discussions with some distributors, Fierce Video reports.

“Our view is we should figure out how to make them partners. Charter is a great company. They have 10 to 11 million broadband-only subscribers. Comcast is an extraordinarily well-run company. They’re serving and nourishing their customers. Today, they agreed that they will offer CBS All Access … That’s a very positive step forward,” Zaslav said at the Citi investor conference on Wednesday.

Discovery launched its streaming service for cooking, Food Network Kitchen, in October. It was launched in collaboration with Amazon and is available through Amazon Alexa and Echo Show, Fire Tablets, Fire TV streaming media devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. (It can also be found on Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.)

The platform brings over 800 on-demand cooking classes with the world’s greatest chefs to consumers. On-demand lessons are updated daily, with Food Network Kitchen offering a hefty selection of 3,000 instructional videos, including step-by-step videos by Michelin-star chefs, James Beard award-winners, bestselling cookbook authors, and restaurateurs from Panna, the award-winning digital cooking app, which was recently acquired by Discovery.

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