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Discovery, Sky reach last-minute carriage deal

Sky plc will continue to carry 12 Discovery Communications Inc. channels after the companies reached a new, eleventh-hour carriage deal.

In addition to the 12 Discovery channels available on Sky, the namesake Discovery Channel will also continue to be available on NOW TV after Jan. 31.

Discovery had threatened to pull its channels from Sky in an argument over carriage fees, claiming that the British pay TV operator was paying Discovery less than what it was paying 10 years ago. Sky accused Discovery of demanding to pay "close to £1 billion" for the renewal of its portfolio of channels.

Financial details of the new deal between the companies were not disclosed.

Discovery's portfolio in the UK includes Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Discovery History, Discovery Shed, Home and Health, DMAX, Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo. The agreement also includes Discovery's four pay TV channels in Germany: Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD and Eurosport 360 HD.

In more Sky news, the company said it inked a new programming deal with PBS America. Sky will add more than 1,000 hours of programming to its On Demand service from channels, including History and National Geographic.