Discovery channels could disappear from Telia’s TV service
From June 8, Telia might no longer be able to offer Discovery's channels to its TV customers as a new deal with the broadcaster is at risk.
The current agreement with European broadcaster SBS, which sells channel packages to Telia, expires June 7. If the ongoing negotiations fail, Telia TV subscribers will not be able to watch Discovery's channels.
“Unfortunately, we have once again ended up in a situation where Discovery wants to limit how, what, and in which way our customers can watch TV at an unreasonable price increase. This is a change for the worse for our customers," says Johan Hasselberg, Head of Consumer Business at Telia in Sweden.
700,000 TV viewers in Sweden
If an agreement is not reached, it would mean that channels such as Discovery, Animal Planet, Eurosport 1 and 2, TLC and Kanal 5, Kanal 9 and Kanal 11 would disappear from Telia’s TV service.
Around 700,000 households in Sweden subscribe to Telia’s television packages, but the dispute could also affect subscribers in Finland.
Should the parties fail to reach an agreement, Telia will provide customers with HBO Nordic’s replacement channels until further notice.