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Sky v Discovery: Both sides claim victory

UPDATED | Sky has claimed that Discovery finally accepted the proposal Sky had given them over a week ago after the ending of a bitter carriage dispute between the two media giants.

Both sides have claimed victory, with Discovery implying pressure from viewers made the difference, while Sky said Discovery had only gone and agreed to the offer that was already on the table when they walked out and went public about the dispute last week.

It appears Discovery may not have been able to get the money it had been expecting for carriage of its channels, including Eurosport, across Sky's UK and German operations, quoted by Sky as being "close to £1bn" and that Discovery wasn't prepared to lose access to the millions of Sky subscribers across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

Sky has the largest number of subscribers among the various UK pay TV operators, and without Sky, it is unclear if some of the smaller niche Discovery channels, such as Discovery Shed and Turbo, which have low viewing figures, would have been commercially viable.

Sky's UK and Ireland CEO Stephen van Rooyen said the last minute agreement was "a good outcome for all Sky customers."

From earlier: Sky and Discovery settle dispute