OSN defaults payments to Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel lifts the lid on the details behind failed negotiations between the two parties
The spat between OSN and Discovery has unravelled details behind failed negotiations between the two parties.
The spat between OSN and Discovery has unravelled details behind failed negotiations between the two parties.

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Discovery Channel has said that OSN has not payed for the provision of its channels and content during 2019.

The pay television network was quick to release a clarification to OSN's claims of "unrealistic prices" demanded by Discovery.

Earlier today, Discovery Channel announced that it was going to pull its services from OSN after failed negotiations between the two parties. The situation ended a 12-year relationship between Discovery and OSN.

Soon after Dubai-based OSN hit back at Discovery and said the price being demanded for its four channels - TLC, Discovery Channel, Discovery Science and Investigation Discovery - was “unrealistic”.

In response Discovery said that "the issue is not unrealistic payment expectations, but rather non-payment for the provision of our channels and content during 2019."

The statement said: "We have kept the terms of the OSN negotiations confidential but feel that in light of OSN’s public comments, we have to set the record straight. 

"As ever, the priority remains with Discovery's fans. We are working tirelessly towards a solution which will see our much loved content back on screens across the region, and hope the parties can reach a swift resolution for the benefit of our customers."

Earlier this year OSN ditched its entire sports coverage in the region as well as its hugely popular South Asian Pehla channel.

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