Discovery Networks Bring their Quality Brands and World Class Programming to Blockbuster Stores
Popular Non-Fiction Titles from Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC &
Others To Be Sold in Participating Stores Nationwide
SILVER SPRING, Md., June 24 -- Entertainment lovers who
have a curiosity about the world around them can now turn to their local
BLOCKBUSTER(R) store to purchase the high quality nonfiction entertainment
found on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and other Discovery networks.
Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media company in the
world, today announced an agreement with Blockbuster Inc. to sell signature
programs and series from its family of networks on DVD at more than 2,500
participating BLOCKBUSTER stores around the U.S.
Blockbuster will carry more than three dozen retail titles from
Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Kids and The Military
Channel. Titles include popular current series such as Discovery Channel's
Man vs. Wild and Dirty Jobs, Animal Planet's Meerkat Manor, TLC's Best of
Little People Big World, The Military Channel's Wings and Battlefield
Diaries, and signature programs such as Discovery Channel's annual Shark
Week compilation and the critically acclaimed Planet Earth.
Participating BLOCKBUSTER stores will feature dedicated
Discovery-branded displays to make it easy for customers to find the
product. Blockbuster will also feature trailers and Discovery Networks
program content on their in-store television network.
"Our agreement with Blockbuster will be a boon for customers who want
greater access to the Discovery networks' award-winning and popular
programs and series," said Patrick Gates, president and general manager of
Discovery Commerce, which includes Discovery's home video division. "We're
now making all the great content on the Discovery Channel as close the
neighborhood Blockbuster store."
"Blockbuster is committed to providing the widest possible array of
quality entertainment, so we are very excited that we can now offer
customers the engaging nonfiction programming found on Discovery's
world-class networks," said Alan Ziegel, director, retail film, Blockbuster
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications is the number-one nonfiction media company
reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170
countries. Discovery's 100-plus worldwide networks are led by Discovery
Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Discovery Health and HD
Theater, with digital media properties including HowStuffWorks.com.
Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Company (Nasdaq:
DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks,
Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information, please visit
Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B) is a leading global provider of
in-home movie and game entertainment, with more than 7,700 stores
throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company may be
accessed worldwide at http://www.blockbuster.com.