Now Available on VIZIO WatchFree+, VIZIO’s Free Streaming Service on SmartCast, under the “Discover” genre
New slate of wildlife and nature documentaries set to launch on the platform this fall
(Washington, D.C. – September 9, 2021) – Love Nature, a wildlife and nature brand with linear and streaming channels available in over 135 countries globally, announced today that it has been ranked as the highest performing ‘Lifestyle’ FAST (free, ad-supported television) channel, in total hours, on VIZIO (NYSE: VZIO) WatchFree+ in the U.S. market. Love Nature launched on the platform earlier this year as part of its ongoing growth in the U.S. as a premier natural history free-streaming channel. Now available in the WatchFree+ electronic programming guide, under the “Discover” genre, Love Nature will drop a slate of new programming on the platform this fall.
“We made a decision last year to adopt a ‘FAST-first’ strategy for Love Nature’s debut in the U.S. market and since then, our brand’s growth on all FAST platforms is up 75% since January 2021; and almost 500% compared to a year ago,” said Carlyn Staudt, Global General Manager, Love Nature. These numbers truly illustrate audience appetite for stunning wildlife and nature programming and we’re grateful to our relationships at VIZIO WatchFree+ for helping us bring our award-winning series and documentaries to millions of new fans in the U.S.”
“We have found that our users are consistently drawn to the dynamic nature and travel content available on SmartCast,” said Greg Barnard, Director of Content Acquisition for VIZIO. “With Love Nature’s commitment to providing a premium experience through their wildlife storytelling, choosing to incorporate their programming into WatchFree+ was a perfect fit.”
Love Nature’s Fall programming highlights on VIZIO WatchFree+:
Inside The Pack (1×60’)
Premieres September 25, 2021
Inside The Pack will introduce wildlife fans to a stunning cast of wolves, lions, hyenas, meerkats and dolphins, all learning skills from their family packs, how to hunt and survive. In this series, audiences will learn how each individual must make their contribution as a soldier, a leader or a hunter within a social minefield where life is dominated by sexual tension and power struggles.
Madagascar’s Legendary Lemurs (1×60’)
Premieres October 2, 2021
Madagascar’s Legendary Lemurs will take audiences on a journey through stone forests, spiny groves and lush jungles, on the mystical island of Madagascar, where over 100 species of endemic Lemurs live. In isolation for over 88 million years, these ancient primates have adapted into the remarkable creatures they are today. Amongst the Aye Aye with it’s extended twig-like hunting finger; the side stepping, leaping Sifakas and the Ring Tailed Lemurs with their own personal form of communication, live examples of the species that are as high as your shoulder or small enough to hold in the palm of your hand.
Fur Seals: Battle For Survival (1×60’)
Premieres October 9, 2021
In Fur Seals: Battle for Survival (1×60;) audiences meet two New Zealand fur seal pups who are born on opposite sides of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a battlefield where less than 60 percent of pups make it to their first birthday. Some pups are trampled by males fighting for the right to mate, some are swept out to sea before they learn to swim. Others starve to death when their mothers fail to return from a feeding trip. In this documentary, viewers follow the first few months of these pups’ lives as they struggle to learn the secrets of survival.
Siberia’s Wild Year (1×60)
Premieres October 16, 2021
In Siberia’s Wild Year (1×60), only the hardiest animals are capable of carving out a life in Siberia. Over a wild year, polar bears, reindeer, red-crowned cranes, cherry salmon and least weasels must endure a long unforgiving winter and take advantage of the brief abundance of spring. From the ice-covered shores of the north, across miles of barren tundra, to the depths of the taiga forest, these animals must face incredible challenges and fight for survival.
Sky Safari: Australia (1×60)
Premieres October 23, 2021
Sky Safari: Australia is an aerial odyssey across a dramatic continent full of strange and unique creatures. From high above we experience the handiwork of powerful natural forces, soaring over Australia’s most iconic landmarks such as Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, and Lake Eyre. In each location we descend to reveal how topography, climate and geographic isolation continue to challenge and shape the creatures that live there, and how those creatures interact with each other. More than just a celebration of Australia’s animals, Sky Safari explores the unbreakable link between the landscape and its wildlife.
Also landing this fall on Love Nature’s VIZIO WatchFree+ channel is FinFest, a special programming event celebrating the ocean’s most notorious apex predators. Launching on October 8 over three nights, Love Nature will shine a spotlight on sharks and other marine mammals using captivating science, engaging storytelling, and stunning visuals with a special programming lineup of series and documentaries, including Shark Squad, Coastal Africa, Great Lakes Wild and Wild Wild East.
Love Nature is available in over 365 million households worldwide, via its branded linear and online platforms in 135+ countries and through key content partnerships with Sky Nature (UK, Italy and Germany), Starhub (Singapore), KPN, VodafoneZiggo (Netherlands) and more. Love Nature is also available as a streaming channel on growing platforms like The Roku Channel, Xumo, Samsung TV Plus, VIZIO WatchFree+ and PrendeTV in the U.S.; and Youku in China.
Love Nature, headquartered in Washington D.C. with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Singapore, is a wildlife and nature brand that brings audiences powerful stories about the natural world that foster a deeper understanding of and connection to the planet we call home. Our award winning library of 4K natural history series and documentaries are available on Love Nature’s branded linear and streaming platforms through partnerships with top-tier pay-TV platforms and streamers, reaching over 365 million households globally in 135+ countries. Engage with us at lovenature.com / Twitter / Facebook / YouTube / Instagram
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