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Discovery, Telia resolve carriage dispute

Media and entertainment company Discovery Communications has resolved a carriage dispute with Finnish telecommunications company Telia.

In a statement, Telia confirmed that a fresh agreement had been reached between the two parties after their previous deal expired on June 7.

Telia last week said it would no longer offer Discovery's channels to its television customers in the Nordic markets from June 8 as talks over a fresh deal reached an impasse.

Telia had said it would replace Discovery’s channels, but the dispute was resolved ahead of the Fifa World Cup qualifier between Sweden and France on Saturday evening. The length of the new deal was not disclosed.

Jonas Hasselberg, head of Telia’s consumer business, said, according to the Digital TV Europe news website: “It is sad that our customers got caught, but now we have an agreement with Discovery that means that we enhance our TV service, and our customers can continue to watch TV when they want, how they want and where they want.”

Around 700,000 households in Sweden subscribe to Telia’s television packages. In Denmark, 30,000 households would have been affected and in Finland about 60,000.