DISH Gets Scripps Networks Rights for Online Video Service

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Scripps Networks CEO Kenneth Lowe

The companies extend a carriage deal with expanded digital rights

Pay TV company DISH Network and Scripps Networks Interactive on Tuesday announced a multiyear carriage renewal for the latter's lifestyle cable TV networks.

They said the agreement covers expanded digital rights, including over-the-top rights for live and VOD content. This means DISH can use Scripps content as part of an online TV service it plans to launch by next year.

The companies said the new deal also expands DISH's distribution of authenticated live and VOD Scripps Networks content on Internet-connected devices. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The new arrangement will widen the exposure of Scripps' DIY Network and Cooking Channel by making it available as part of the popular "America's Top 200" programming package.

Scripps channels also include HGTV, the Food Network, Travel Channel and Great American Country.

"DISH is delighted to add Scripps Networks' award-winning lifestyle content to our growing library of sports, family, educational and entertainment options that will create a redefined video experience for a new type of consumer," said DISH CEO Joseph Clayton. "This wide-ranging agreement gives DISH customers dynamic access to Scripps Networks programming today and tomorrow."

DISH reiterated that it is planning to launch "a future multi-stream subscription service of linear and VOD content," which will be available "to an untapped segment of customers that is seeking a flexible, content-driven, Internet-accessible service."

Scripps Networks CEO Kenneth Lowe said: "This agreement demonstrates the consistent strength and popularity of our portfolio of brands and enables even more people to enjoy DIY Network and Cooking Channel in addition to our existing offering on DISH." Referencing the planned online video service, he added: "This first-of-its-kind OTT deal for Scripps Networks Interactive enables us to reach even more people through DISH's innovative services."

DISH previously reached content agreements with the Walt Disney Company and A+E Networks for its planned service.

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