Streaming Video, Tax Benefit Up Discovery Q2 Revenue, Profit

Aggressive expansion to over-the-top video distribution across its content portfolio help Discovery Inc. post second-quarter (ended June 30) net income of $947 million, compared with net income of $216 million during the previous-year period.

The bulk of that increase came from a non-cash tax benefit and higher operating revenue. Total revenue increased 1% to $2.88 billion.

Discovery continues to benefit from the $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive in 2017, home to popular Food Network, HGTV (“Flip or Flop,” and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines), Travel Channel and DIY Network programming, among others.

In the quarter, Discovery launched nine additional networks on YouTube TV in the U.S. and signed a multi-year live and on demand carriage agreement with fuboTV.

Earlier this year, Discovery and BBC Studios announced a series of agreements for a new 10-year distribution deal, which includes content for a pending global streaming service.

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The company also has a partnership with the PGA European Tour for subscription streaming video service, Golf TV, expanding its content portfolio and move towards becoming the “digital home of golf” around the world.

The wide-ranging agreement includes international multi-platform live rights, in selected territories, to all European Tour events and the next two Ryder Cups.

“We delivered another quarter of strong operating and financial performance with the benefits of the Scripps Networks acquisition flowing through all areas of our global business, while also accelerating our pivot to digital and direct-to-consumer offerings,” CEO David Zaslavsaid in a statement. “With an exceptional team in place, strong top-line performance and a healthy balance sheet, we are confident in our ability to continue executing on our strategic priorities to drive long-term growth and shareholder value.”

Scripps Networks Programming Returns Discovery to Profitability

Television shows about food, home improvement, buying and selling continue to resonate with viewers and the fiscal bottom line of Discovery Communications.

The media company May 2 reported first-quarter (ended March 31) net income of $384 million compared to a net loss of $8 million during the previous-year period. Revenue increased 40% to $1.4 billion from $1 billion last year.

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Key to the economic turnaround: Discovery’s $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive in 2017, home to popular Food Network, HGTV (“Flip or Flop,” and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, etc.), Travel Channel and DIY Network programming.

Discovery is planning new programming and SVOD platforms around the Gaines and their Magnolia brands.

Other quarter highlights included previously reported 10-year global partnership with the BBC for subscription streaming video content as well as a resolution of the UKTV joint venture. Secured a new distribution agreement in the U.S. with YouTube TV, adding to broad inclusion across online TV platforms.

Indeed, Discovery in launching the HGTV brand in Germany and a golf-themed SVOD service (“Golf TV”) overseas with the PGA European Tour.

“In the first quarter we delivered a solid start to 2019, as we continue to power people’s passions through our loved brands and our owned global IP in genres that nourish audiences around the world,” Discovery CEO David Zaslavsaid in a statement.