Discovery Communications channels are being removed from Sky TV
The channels include Animal Planet, Discovery HD, DMAX, Eurosport1 and 2, Quest and TLC.
After some speculation, Sky has confirmed that, at any point from 1 February, channels from the Discovery Communications portfolio will disappear from Sky TV.
This means the following channels will no longer be available:
- Animal Planet
- Discovery HD
- Discovery History
- Discovery Home & Health
- Discovery Science
- Discovery Shed
- Discovery Turbo
- Investigation Discovery
Some of these channels currently come with the basic Sky TV package, while others come with other plans, like the Sky Variety TV plan.
They will no longer be available as part of any Sky plan.
Other content on Sky TV
Sky has highlighted that there are a variety of channels still available on Sky TV offering comparable content, such as Nat Geo and History.
Upcoming programmes on these channels include: Big Cat Week, Explorer, Wild Strategies, Obama Legacy, and Portrait Artist of the Year.
There are also over 800 episodes of documentaries available on demand for Sky Variety and Sky Box Sets customers to watch whenever and wherever they want.
What can I do if I want to continue to receive these channels?
Sky has said that they will remain available until Tuesday, 31 January, but could be removed from the Sky platform by Discovery at any point from 1 February.
If you watch a lot of content on these channels - and won’t be happy without them - your best bet would be to find an alternative TV provider who offers some, or all, of these as part of their TV package.
For example Virgin Mix TV starts at just €10 per month for the first 4 months, going up to €30 thereafter. This plan includes Discovery, Discovery HD, Discovery +1, DMAX and TLC as standard.
Meanwhile, eir also has some broadband, TV and phone bundles which also include a number of channels from the Discovery Communications portfolio.
These plans start at €30 per month for the first 6 months, going up to €85 per month thereafter.