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Discovery Communications To Purchase SBS Nordic Operations From ProSiebenSat.1

Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA: Quote) announced a definitive agreement with ProSiebenSat.1 Group (PBSFF.PK) to purchase the company's SBS Nordic operations for a total enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion. Discovery also announced its Board has approved a $1.0 billion increase to existing stock repurchase program. Additionally, Discovery Communications and TF1 announced they have taken the next step in negotiations aimed at forging a strategic alliance.

The acquisition of SBS Nordic includes 12 television networks in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, among other assets. The deal expands Discovery's brand portfolio by adding general entertainment, scripted and sports programming to the company's suite of services. The transaction is expected to close in early 2013.

Discovery and TF1 announced that Discovery would take a 20% minority interest in the Eurosport group. The acquisition of the 20% interest would involve cash consideration of approximately $221.6 million. Eurosport is the leading pan-European multimedia platform. The Eurosport channel is broadcast to 130 million homes in 59 countries, and is available in 20 language versions.

Discovery would become a shareholder in the TV Breizh, Histoire, Ushuaia TV and Stylia channels, with a 20% interest in each with the ability to increase to 49% in two years. The acquisition of the 20% would involve cash consideration of approximately $18.2 million.

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