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Discovery not threatened by Netflix says CEO

David Zaslav argued that Discovery is unrivalled in the factual space

Discovery is not threatened by SVoD competition, CEO David Zaslav has said.

In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Zaslav argued that Discovery is unrivalled in the factual space; “Yes, Hulu’s doing a few food shows and Netflix does some stuff, and a little bit of natural history. But all of the BBC content is coming off Netflix.”

This follows the announcement of a 10-year deal between Discovery and the BBC that will include a joint subscription streaming service launching in 2020. Zaslav said the partnership will allow Discovery to create “big, event programming” consistent with its mission.

Zaslav also said that Netflix is ultimately a boost to Discovery; “They created a road and a path where people got used to paying for content.”

“Natural history can be a big business,” he added.

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