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Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications
Company nameDiscovery Communications, Inc.
Company typePublic
S&P 500 Component
IndustryBroadcasting & Cable TV
PredecessorDiscovery Holding Company
Founder(s)John S. Hendricks
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleJohn S. Hendricks
David M. Zaslav
(President and CEO)
Revenue(+) US$ 3.773 billion (2010)
Operating income(+) US$ 1.360 billion (2010)
Net income(+) US$ 669 million (2010)
Total assets(+) US$ 11.019 billion (2010)
Total equity(+) US$ 6.233 billion (2010)
Employees4,200 (2010)
DivisionsList of Divisions

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Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI) (Nasdaq - DISCA, Nasdaq - DISCB, Nasdaq - DISCK) is an American global media and entertainment company. The company started as a single channel in 1985, The Discovery Channel. Today, DCI has global operations offering 28 network entertainment brands on more than 100 channels in more than 180 countries in 39 languages for over 1.5 billion subscribers around the globe. Discovery Communications is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

DCI both produces original television programming and acquires content from producers worldwide. This non-fiction programming is offered through DCI's 28 network entertainment brands, including Discovery Channel, Military Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Health Channel and a family of digital channels. DCI also distributes BBC America and BBC World News to cable and satellite operators in the United States.

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Gaiam and Discovery Communications Release Three New DVD Titles This February - Sacramento Bee Tweet this news
Sacramento Bee--1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Gaiam, Inc., a leading producer of lifestyle media, announced today the release of three new DVD titles this month under its exclusive home video license agreement with -Discovery Communications-. The new titles - Date : Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:23:49 GMT
Cable Show: Ari Emanuel Comedy Gold As Confab Begins On Light Note - Tweet this news Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his welcoming remarks, -Discovery Communications- CEO David Zaslav said that "in our industry he's known as Ari's brother" -- referring to WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel. The may - Date : Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:13:29 GMT+00:00
Zaslav Says OWN Needs to Be `True to Oprah's Brand' - Washington Post Tweet this news
Washington Post--June 15 (Bloomberg) -- David Zaslav, chief executive officer of -Discovery Communications- Inc., says the company has to focus on making OWN, Oprah Winfrey's cable channel, "true to Oprah's brand." Bloomberg&ap - Date : Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:10:39 GMT+00:00
VEGAS 2011: Discovery Communications unveils Explore Your World - Tweet this news brand shares the same values as -Discovery's- flagship brand, The -Discovery- Channel and will include science and spy kits, collectibles, construction, outdoor, role-play, puzzles and games, back to school, publishing, electronics - Date : Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:55:58 GMT+00:00
Discovery and Animal Planet's 2011-2012 shows - TBI Vision Tweet this news
TBI Vision--Discovery Channel and Animal Planet are the big beasts of -Discovery Communications-' portfolio of channels. Discovery Channel unveiled 25 new shows and 17 returning series at its Upfront last week, its most ever for a new season. ... - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:38:24 GMT+00:00
Calls Purchased on Discovery Communications (DISCA) - Benzinga Tweet this news
Benzinga--Shares of -Discovery Communications- (NASDAQ: DISCA) are higher on the session by 1.07%, currently trading at $40.43. The stock has been moving largely lower over the past six months and is currently hovering around the 50-day and ... - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:35:10 GMT+00:00
Discovery's Official HowStuffWorks Android App Now In The Market - Android Police Tweet this news
Android Police--It's no wonder - HSW is owned by -Discovery Communications-, which you may recognize from, oh, I don't know, the Discovery channel. Sometime ago, Discovery finally decided that Android users are not discovering enough and not fig - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:20:35 GMT+00:00
Discovery retools with AmberFin iCR - Broadcast Engineering Tweet this news
Broadcast Engineering---Discovery Communications- has adopted AmberFin iCR Ingest, with its transcoding and review tools, for a new high-efficiency workflow at its global headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. The new workflow entails DNxHD ingest and review - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:12:30 GMT+00:00
Angostura to feature on Discovery Channel - The Trinidad Guardian Tweet this news
The Trinidad Guardian--Angostura's Master Distiller John Geroges, left, and Corporate -Communications- Manager Giselle La Ronde-West, next to him, are drawn to the shot which WAGTV Producer Emma Martins, right, and -Discovery- Channel Cameraman Peter - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 02:29:04 GMT+00:00
Discovery frustrated as UKTV talks stall - Digital Spy Tweet this news
Digital Spy---Discovery Communications- has accused Virgin Media of being inflexible in its stance on the sale of its 50% stake in channel operator UKTV. Virgin Media has been seeking a sale of its UKTV stake since last year as ... - Date : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:52:17 GMT+00:00

Discovery Networks U.S. :
Channel Launch Date US Households HD Simulcast Notes
Discovery Channel 1985 101 million Yes Flagship network
TLC 1980 100 million Yes Acquired by Discovery Communications in May 1991, previously known as The Learning Channel.
Animal Planet 1996 97 million Yes Launched mainly using satellite space acquired from the discontinuation of the WOR EMI Service
OWN 2011 78 million Yes Formerly Discovery Health
Joint venture ownership with Harpo Productions
Investigation Discovery 1996 73 million Yes Formerly Discovery Times, Discovery Civilization
Science Channel 1999 68 million Yes Formerly Discovery Science
The Hub 2010 62 million Yes Formerly Discovery Kids
Joint venture with Hasbro, Inc.
Military Channel 1999 57 million No Formerly Discovery Wings
Planet Green 1998 56 million Yes Formerly Discovery Home and Discovery Home and Leisure
Discovery Fit & Health 2011 49 million No Formerly America's Health Network and FitTV
HD Theater 2002 36 million N/A Broadcasts in HD 24 hours per day. Will rebrand as Velocity in late 2011.
Discovery en Español 1998 7 million No Spanish-language version of the Discovery Channel
Discovery Familia 2007 3 million No
3net 2011 N/A N/A Broadcasts in 3D 24 hours per day

Discovery Networks International :
Channel Launch Date International Networks Households Notes
Discovery Channel 1989 279 million
Animal Planet 1997 242 million
Discovery Travel & Living 2005 180 million
DMAX 2006 44 million Launch: 2006 Germany, 2008 UK
Discovery Science 1997 42 million
Discovery Home & Health 2000 38 million
Discovery Kids 1996 29 million
Liv 2010 22 million
Discovery World 2008 17 million
Discovery Real Time 1994 15 million
Discovery Turbo 2005 15 million
Discovery HD 2005 14 million
Investigation Discovery 13 million
Discovery Knowledge 1999 11 million
Shed 2009 10 million
Quest 2009 9 million
TLC Canada 8 million
Discovery Civilization 1996 5 million
Discovery Historia 2006 1 million

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