Those clued in about the streaming industry will be aware that Discovery has been dropping hints about a new service for the last 12 months.
Now it looks like those plans are coming to fruition with CEO David Zaslav revealing announcements about the platform will be coming in December.
During the recent Q3 earnings call for the company, he said that they would be doing ‘an extensive discussion, with full disclosure in early December, which we’re super excited about.’
Previously, Zaslav said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in September that the service would be launched globally after some analysis of Disney’s worldwide streaming rollout.
‘Disney has done it. They’re starting to roll out globally and it’s quite impressive. One of the things that Bob [Iger] has done, I think, very successfully is when you look at Disney+ from a curation perspective, you see a group of superfans, whether it’s the Disney Kids product, Pixar, Star Wars, or Marvel people look at that and they go, ‘That’s what I love…’.
‘Outside the U.S., we have entertainment, local entertainment, local content, local sports. So I think we have a very differentiated global approach, but we think you need to have a lot of content, [and show] why people will love you and why they’ll need you.’
In late 2019, Discovery launched Food Network Kitchen with Amazon. The service is available via Amazon Alexa, Echo Show, Fire Tablets, Fire TV streaming media, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.