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One Discovery Place

Silver Spring, MD 20910

United States

Phone: 240-662-2000


Discovery Communications, Inc., a media company, provides content across multiple distribution platforms, including digital distribution arrangements worldwide. The company provides original and purchased content to approximately 2.2 billion cumulative viewers worldwide through networks that the company wholly or partially owns. The company distributes customized content in the U.S. and approximately 220 other countries and territories in approximately 40 languages. Its portfolio of networks includes television brands, such as Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. The company also has a diversified portfolio of Websites, and develops and sells curriculum-based education products and services. The company’s content spans genres, including science, exploration, survival, natural history, technology, docu-series, anthropology, heroes, paleontology, history, space, archeology, health and wellness, engineering, adventure, lifestyles, crime and investigation, civilizations, events and kids. The company’s content can be re-edited and updated in a manner to provide topical versions of subject matter that can be utilized worldwide. Substantially all of its content is produced in high definition (HD) format. Segments The company classifies its operations in three segments: U.S. Networks, consisting principally of domestic television networks and Websites; International Networks, consisting primarily of international television networks and Websites; and Education, consisting principally of curriculum-based product and service offerings. U.S. NETWORKS The U.S. Networks segment principally consists of national television networks. The U.S. Networks segment wholly owns and operates nine national television networks, including fully distributed television networks, such as Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. In addition, this segment holds equity method interests in OWN and The Hub Network. Its television networks are aired pursuant to multi-year carriage agreements that provide for the level of carriage that its networks will receive, and if applicable, for annual graduated rate increases. Discovery Channel reached approximately 98 million subscribers in the U.S., as of December 31, 2013. Discovery Channel also reached 8 million subscribers through a licensing arrangement with partners in Canada, as of December 31, 2013. Discovery Channel creates non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers worldwide. The network offers a signature mix of high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres, including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share its world. Content on Discovery Channel includes Gold Rush, Naked and Afraid, Deadliest Catch, Amish Mafia and Moonshiners. Discovery Channel is also home to specials and mini-series, including Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda. Target viewers are adults aged 25-54, particularly men. Discovery Channel is simulcast in HD. TLC reached approximately 97 million subscribers in the U.S., as of December 31, 2013. TLC also reached approximately 7 million subscribers in Canada, as of December 31, 2013. Other content on TLC includes Here Comes Honey Boo, Boo, Breaking Amish, Long Island Medium and Sister Wives. Target viewers are adults aged 18-54, particularly women. TLC is simulcast in HD. Animal Planet reached approximately 96 million subscribers in the U.S., as of December 31, 2013. Animal Planet also reached 2 million subscribers through a licensing arrangement with partners in Canada, as of December 31, 2013. Animal Planet immerses viewers in the range of life in the animal kingdom with deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, entertainment, and information. Content on Animal Planet includes Puppy Bowl, River Monsters, Treehouse Masters, Gator Boys and Finding Bigfoot. Its target viewers are adults aged 25-54. Animal Planet is simulcast in HD. Investigation Discovery (ID) reached approximately 84 mill


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