By Brian Stelter, CNN
Discovery Communications' interest in acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive is the latest indication that in the cable business, the bigger the better.
Discovery's interest in a bid was first reported on Tuesday by Variety, the Hollywood trade magazine. Both Discovery and Scripps declined to comment.
For Discovery, the end game would be more cable channels that it can use to extract additional cash from distributors like Comcast and DirecTV. "Discovery simply has the boots on the ground and negotiating muscle to ramp growth," Matthew Harrigan, a Wunderlich Securities analyst, wrote in a note to investors on Wednesday.
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