The launches further expand Blue Ant Media’s successful relationship with VIZIO
(Toronto, ON – May, 24, 2023) International producer, distributor and channel operator, Blue Ant Media announced today the launch of its free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels, Homeful and Love Pets on VIZIO WatchFree+ for millions of U.S. users. Homeful features notable real estate, renovation and transformation series and is home to TV reno celebrity, Mike Holmes’ iconic catalog of inspiring home series and specials. Love Pets features heartfelt stories about the animals in our lives, big and small, and the devoted people who care for them. These channels join wildlife and nature brand, Love Nature, which currently is among VIZIO’s top performing FAST channels, as well as Haunt TV and Drag Race Universe on VIZIO WatchFree+.
“We have an incredibly collaborative and successful relationship with VIZIO and we’re thrilled to add some of our fastest growing FAST channels, Homeful and Love Pets, to the WatchFree+ platform,” says Jamie Schouela, President, Global Channels & Media, Blue Ant Media.
“WatchFree+ continues to strengthen its programming through bingeable genres like home decor, DIY, nature and animal content thanks to our expanded relationship with Blue Ant Media,” says Greg Barnard, Director of Content Acquisition at VIZIO. “We’re excited to help our audience get the most out of their free experience by providing even more content that we know they will love.”
Homeful is the exclusive free streaming home to over 200 hours of Mike Holmes’ iconic library of original series and specials, including: Holmes on Homes (Seasons 1-7); Holmes Makes it Right (Seasons 1-2); Holmes + Holmes (Seasons 1-2); and Holmes on Homes Special: Lien on Me (1×90). VIZIO users can find season 1 of Holmes Makes it Right and Holmes + Holmes, as well as Holmes in New Orleans exclusively on demand on the WatchFree+ app. Additional Homeful programming highlights on the channel include: Sarah Off the Grid (6 × 60’, HD), which sees celebrity designer Sarah Richardson build an eco-friendly dream home; Coolest Places to Stay, Season 2 (6 x 30’; HD; Architect Films), a peek inside some of the most unique and handcrafted short-term rentals; Brojects (13×30; HD), starring brothers, Kevin and Andrew, who create quirky build projects at their weekend getaway home; and Moving the McGillivrays (10 x 60’) – also available exclusively on demand on VIZIO WatchFree+ – follows celebrity TV designer Scott McGillivray build a family home, while also building a home for a family in need.
Love Pets programming highlights include: Bondi Vet Seasons 1 – 3 (44 x 30’) which immerses viewers in the drama of emergency vets at a clinic in Australia as they save the lives of beloved pets and exotic animals; Vet on the Hill Seasons 2 – 3 (28 x 60’), which follows the day-to-day live of vet Dr. Scott Miller at his busy clinic in a small UK town; ER Vets (30 x 30’), which follows a group of veterinarians as they tend to animals at a 24/7 trauma center, dealing with life-and-death dilemmas on a daily basis and find the time to offer comfort to the animals’ owners; The Bizarre Pet Vets (6 x 60’) starring beloved vet Dr. James and his team as they treat the most bizarre and beloved animals in Australia; and Hope For Wildlife (111 x 60 + 26 x 30’), a look at a dedicated wildlife rescue team, led by Hope Swinimer, who rescue thousands of sick, injured and lost animals and return them to their natural habitats.
Blue Ant Media’s suite of FAST (free, ad-supported streaming TV) channels offers audiences curated programming that is easy and free to access on growing platforms like VIZIO WatchFree+, Tubi, Freevee, The Roku Channel, Xumo, Samsung TV Plus and VIX. The company’s growing global portfolio of FAST channels includes Love Nature, HauntTV, Total Crime, Homeful, HistoryTime, Love Pets and Drag Race Universe.
Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international content producer, distributor and channel operator. The global media company owns and operates numerous production companies in North America and Asia-Pacific, creating content for broadcasters and streaming platforms in multiple genres including factual entertainment, natural history, documentary and adult animation. Its 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 and free streaming channels under several brands including Love Nature, Cottage Life, Smithsonian Channel (Canada), BBC Earth (Canada), HauntTV, Homeful, Drag Race Universe, CrimeTime, TotalCrime, HistoryTime and Love Pets. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with eight international offices in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, London, Washington, Mumbai and Beijing. blueantmedia.com Twitter⼁Instagram⼁LinkedIn
Founded and headquartered in Orange County, California, our mission at VIZIO Holding Corp. (NYSE: VZIO) is to deliver immersive entertainment and compelling lifestyle enhancements that make our products the center of the connected home. We are driving the future of televisions through our integrated platform of cutting-edge Smart TVs and powerful operating system. We also offer a portfolio of innovative sound bars that deliver consumers an elevated audio experience. Our platform gives content providers more ways to distribute their content and advertisers more tools to connect with the right audience.