On Wednesday the factual and sports brand announced it had been unable to agree a new carriage deal with Sky and suggested it was being squeezed by a pay-TV firm desperate to recoup its £4.1bn outlay on premier league football.
The UK's first subscription TV service recently announced plans to buy its Italian and German counterparts to create on the world's biggest pay-TV brands.
From next year, customers unable to have a dish installed at their premises will be able to receive a Sky Q set top box as part of a long-term subscription and receive the broadcaster’s channels via their standard broadband connection.
Like all commercial channel owners, Discovery charges TV operators such as Sky for the right to offer their channels to subscribers, the pay-TV firm then recoups the cost through the prices it charges each subscriber.
The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions by Sky in recent years, including the purchase of Great British Bake Off off producers Love Productions, and further reduces Sky’s reliance in consumer subscription revenue.