Discovery Communications, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. The company operates through U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education and Other segments. It owns and operates various television networks under the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Velocity, Discovery Family, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Life, Oprah Winfrey Network, Eurosport, DMAX, and Discovery Kids brands, as well as other regional television networks. The company's content spans genres, including survival, exploration, sports, lifestyle, general entertainment, heroes, adventure, crime and investigation, health, and kids. It also develops and sells curriculum-based education products and services, such as an online suite of curriculum-based video on demand (VOD) tools, professional development services, and digital textbooks, as well as student assessments; and publishes hard copy curriculum-based content for K-12 schools. In addition, the company operates production studios that develop content for television service providers, as well as Websites. It provides content through various distribution platforms comprising pay-television, free-to-air and broadcast television, Websites, digital distribution arrangements, and content licensing agreements, as well as various platforms that include brand-aligned Websites, Web-native networks, on-line streaming, mobile devices, VOD, and broadband channels. As of December 31, 2016, the company operated approximately 400 distribution feeds in 40 languages internationally. Discovery Communications, Inc. is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Business Analysis of Discovery Communications
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- Revenue Growth: Discovery Communications reported a revenue growth of 1.6% year-on-year during 2016. Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment Industry grew at 4.6% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discovery Communications spent 37.4% of its total revenues on COGS. Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 28.0%
- R&D share of Revenues: Discovery Communications R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discovery Communications spent 26.0% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 43.3%
- Inventory share of Revenues: Discovery Communications Inventory share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discovery Communications invested 3.7% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 10.1%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discovery Communications invested 23.0% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 17.3%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discovery Communications invested 7.4% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry average PPE investment in the same period was 29.4%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Discovery Communications invested 183.9% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 113.0%
- Net Margins: Discovery Communications Net Margins in the year 2016 were 18.4%. Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry average Net Margins in the same period were 11.6%
Sector and Industry Association of Discovery Communications
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Discovery Communications is associated with Media & Entertainment Sector and Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment Industry.
Media & Entertainment sector is comprised of the following industries: Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment; Media Agency Services; Publishing. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry includes companies that provide radio and television programming. It also includes companies that provide music and filmed entertainment.
- Media Agency Services industry includes companies that provide advertising, public relations and marketing services. It also includes billboard providers and telemarketers.
- Publishing industry includes newspapers, magazine, and book publishers.
Industry Ranking of Discovery Communications
With $6.5 billion revenues, Discovery Communications ranked number 9 of all the companies in the US Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry. There were a total of 38 public companies in the US Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Broadcasting, Cable, and Filmed Entertainment industry by revenues during 2016 were:
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