Discovery Channel Eyes Expansion of Sterling Operations

Last week’s announcement by Discovery Communications that it would move its headquarters from Silver Spring, MD, to New York City could be a boost for Loudoun.

The $7.4 billion company operates several cable channels, including TLC and Animal Planet. It is acquiring Scripps Networks Interactives, which operates HGTV, the Food Network and the Travel Channel.

After that deal, Discovery plans to consolidate its headquarter operations in New York, moving most of its 1,300 jobs from Maryland. It also will continue to operate back-end services at the former Scripps headquarters in Knoxville, TN.

Also part of the Jan. 9 announcement was a plan to

transform its media distribution facility, located along Shaw Road in Sterling into a global technology center. Currently, the office originates more than 80 global feeds.

To be known as Discovery’s Northern Virginia Technology Hub, the center features state-of-the-art modern digital technology that was recently upgraded to take full advantage of live playout capabilities, increase nonlinear publishing, and to move all Discovery U.S. networks origination to the cloud.

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