/// Discovery Developing Streaming Service

June 26, 2013  |  Media Week

Discovery Communications is reportedly developing its own streaming service modeled after HBO Go. The company wants to charge cable subscribers an additional fee for on-demand access to programming like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Shark Week and Cake Boss. According to executive chairman and founder John Hendricks, Discovery's portfolio of channels has an abundance of content just sitting on the shelf. Netflix and Amazon license mostly older TV shows from seasons past, Hendricks said, leaving content between three and 18 months old unavailable online. The new service will charge basic cable subscribers $6-8 for access to these videos on demand. Hendricks told Reuters the service is in the early stages of development and could be ready in the next two to five years. Discovery also launched TV streaming apps today, extending to Windows Phone 8 users the Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and TLC releases that are already available on iOS.

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