Discovery Communications (DISCA.O) said on Thursday that it has renewed its distribution deal with AT&T DirectTV (T.N).
Under the agreement, Discovery's networks, which include Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, will be available on all of AT&T DirecTV's platforms, including its upcoming DirectTV Now streaming service scheduled to launch later this year.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The announcement helps remove investor concerns that Discovery, like some of its peers, would see a reduction in affiliate fees, wrote Michael Nathanson, an analyst with MoffettNathanson, in a report Thursday.
"As one of the few cable network groups that had not yet been impacted the by effects of distributor consolidation, there was legitimate worry among investors that Discovery would take the hit from rate resets and tiering issues experienced at Viacom (VIAB.O) and more recently, Scripps Networks (SNI.O) ," Nathanson wrote.
Distributors have sought to remove certain channels from lower-cost packages and renegotiate distribution fees for carrying TV networks' content.
Discovery now has deals in place with both Comcast and AT&T DirectTV, leaving Charter Time Warner Cable as the only distributor it has to renew with in the next one to two years, according to the report.
"We believe that affiliate fee growth will not experience a similar meaningful deceleration as its peers," Nathanson wrote in the report.
(Reporting by Jessica Toonkel; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)