Blue Ant Media Announces New Channel Launches in Africa on StarTimes

By December 15, 2019International, Press Releases

Linear distribution deals for Love Nature and Smithsonian Channel

Big Cat Country (6×60’; Plimsoll Productions) is one of Love Nature’s original programmes included in the new distribution deal with StarTimes in Africa.

(London, UK – Dec. 16, 2019) – As part of its ongoing expansion in Africa, Blue Ant Media announces the launch of premium channels Love Nature and Smithsonian Channel on StarTimes’ broadcast platforms across several African territories. 

“These new licensing deals significantly grow Blue Ant Media’s footprint across Africa,” said Ward Platt, CEO, Global Networks & Kids, Blue Ant Media. Bringing the channels to new platforms allows us to share our broad portfolio of stunning natural history and factual programming with more viewers in Africa.” 

Across sub-Saharan Africa, both Love Nature and the Smithsonian Channel are launching in HD on StarTimes, one of the continent’s leading television platforms, via DTT, DTH, OTT and IPTV. StarTimes viewers will have access to Smithsonian in English and Love Nature in English and Portuguese. 

Programming highlights on Love Nature include: Big Cat Country (6 x 60’) the ultimate lion saga that follows three colliding lion prides collide and the wildlife camera team that captures all the action; Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs (5 x 60’), which explores the extraordinary jobs four-legged friends undertake across the globe; Great Blue Wild (4 x 60’), a series that joins marine ecologists as they uncover ocean secrets and defend endangered animals; and Monkey Island (3 x 60), which shares the story of an ancient citadel, once home to Sri Lanka’s kings, which has now been reclaimed by the jungle with a new dynasty in power – monkeys. 

Smithsonian’s lineup includes Apollo’s Moon Shot (6 x 60’), a documentary series exploring humankind’s most ambitious journey, brought to life through archival interviews, rarely seen footage, and artifacts, First Ladies Revealed (4 x 60’), a series examining some of the first ladies who left their indelible mark on the White House and in history, and Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave (1 x 60’), which examines how early warning systems are currently being developed. Also, meet some of the few who survived the disastrous tsunami of 2004.

Blue Ant Media is an international producer, distributor, channel operator, and gaming video content company. We own and operate numerous production companies in North America, the UK, and Australasia under the Blue Ant Studios banner, creating content for broadcasters and streaming platforms in multiple genres including factual entertainment, natural history, documentary, adult animation, and drama. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a substantial catalogue of content, including one of the world’s largest 4K natural history offerings. Blue Ant Media operates linear, AVOD, and SVOD channels on multiple continents under 14 brands including Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada), ZooMoo, Arcade Cloud and more. Omnia Media, our gaming video content company, has the largest gamer talent network in the world. It creates and distributes gaming video content and podcast shows across digital and OTT platforms such as YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, and more. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with nine international offices in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Washington DC, Sydney, Beijing, and Taipei.

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