By Gavin Gibbon
Criticism comes as Discovery has removed its channels from OSN after negotiations over a new deal broke down
Dubai-based OSN has hit back at Discovery and said the price being demanded for its four channels was “unrealistic”.
Discovery announced on Wednesday morning that it was ending its 12-year relationship with OSN and axing its channels from the satellite broadcaster’s platform “with immediate effect” after negotiations over a new deal broke down.
Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Science and Investigation Discovery have been removed from the entertainment provider’s platform.
A statement said: “Unfortunately, OSN has refused to finalise negotiations. Due to this, and despite its best endeavours, Discovery has been forced to terminate the agreement.”
The termination also means that Discovery’s channels will be removed from OSN’s partner platforms.
But in a strongly-worded retort, OSN said it is “surprised and disappointed” by the move.
It said: “We have been in ongoing negotiations for several months to reach an agreement that was best for our customers, but despite our efforts, we, like many other platforms and broadcasters globally, have found the price expectations for the Discovery portfolio to be unrealistic.”
Despite this, the company has not given up hope of losing Discovery altogether.
The statement added: “We are committed to resolving this issue as a matter of priority and remain hopeful that Discovery will come to an agreement with us.”
Earlier this year OSN ditched its entire sports coverage in the region as well as its hugely popular South Asian Pehla channel.