Discovery Communications Inc was formed on September 17, 2008, in connection with Discovery Holding Company 'DHC' and Advance/Newhouse Programming Partnership 'Advance/Newhouse' combining their respective ownership interests in Discovery Communications Holding, LLC ('DCH') and exchanging those interests with and into Discovery (the 'Discovery Formation'). The Company is a nonfiction media company that provides original and purchased content to more than 2.2 billion cumulative viewers through networks that is wholly or partially owned. It distributes customized content in the U.S. and over 220 other countries and territories in over 40 languages. Its portfolio of networks includes prominent television brands such as Discovery Channel, one of the first nonfiction networks and its distributed brands, TLC and Animal Planet. The Company also has a diversified portfolio of websites and develops and sells curriculum-based education products and services. Its contents span genres including science, exploration, survival, natural history, sustainability of the environment, technology, anthropology, paleontology, history, space, archaeology, health and wellness, engineering, adventure, lifestyles, forensics, civilizations and current events. The Company's programming tends to maintain its relevance for an extended period of time. As a result, an amount of its content translates well across international borders and is made even more accessible through extensive use of dubbing and subtitles in local languages. The Company's networks compete with other television networks, including broadcast, cable and local, for the distribution of its programming and fees charged to cable television operators, DTH satellite service providers and other distributors that carry its network programming. The Company's networks and websites also compete for their target audiences with all forms of programming and other media provided to viewers, including broadcast, cable and local networks, pay-per-view and VOD services, DVDs, online activities and other forms of news, information and entertainment. Its businesses are subject to and affected by regulations of U.S. federal, state and local government authorities, and its international operations are subject to laws and regulations of local countries and international bodies such as the European Union.
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