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New agreement means Eurosport will stay on Sky

Sky and Discovery come to 11th hour agreement meaning subscribers won't have to miss any of Eurosport's cycling coverage

A new deal, struck on the day that Discovery's portfolio was due to be removed from Sky television, now means that subscribers will be able to continue watching Eurosport and 11 other channels. 

This is great news for cycling fans as Eurosport is due to show over 200 days of live professional cycling in 2017, including exclusive coverage of the Giro d'Italia

Discovery and Sky had come to an impasse and it looked as though there would not be a resolution to a disagreement over pricing. 

The disagreement centred around conflicting valuations for the portfolio, with Sky Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch commenting during the negotiations it was 'really about the quality of [Discovery's] channels.'

He continued, 'Discovery viewing in the linear world has just been down significantly now for an extended period of time. Their main channel Discovery is down by one-third over the last 10 years.' 

Now with the new agreement in place, Discovery attributes its successful lobbying of Sky to its customers and viewers.

“We want to thank our millions of viewers and fans for their overwhelming support over the last few days,' said Susanna Dinnage, Managing Director of Discovery Networks UK.

'We have been humbled by the strength of the passion people feel for all our brands, including Discovery Channel, Eurosport, TLC, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery.'

The agreement is said to 'guarantee Sky’s customers access to Discovery’s wide range of channels and programmes for years to come.' 

This news will be a relief to those planning on catching the Classics on Eurosport. 

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