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VODview: Love Nature, WaterBear expand reach; BBC Select, Beyond Rights content deal

Two video on demand services that feature natural history and wildlife content are reaching more of the world via recent deals. WaterBear Network, a global streaming platform showcasing award-winning documentaries as ...
April 13, 2021

Two video on demand services that feature natural history and wildlife content are reaching more of the world via recent deals.

WaterBear Network, a global streaming platform showcasing award-winning documentaries as well as original content inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has added an additional 30 countries as part of its global rollout. Those include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Kenya, Mozambique, Bermuda, Cook Islands and Bonaire.

The service, which launched in December of 2020, was previously only available in the U.S., the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Ireland, and Denmark.

To commemorate the expansion, WaterBear is committing committing to plant one new tree for every new member for the next 30,000 members that sign up to the platform, creating the “WaterBear Forest” within the Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands. The location marks the company’s commitment to to the UN Climate Change Conference — COP 26 — taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as its support of rewilding initiatives. Furthermore, WaterBear is also calling on other “pioneering companies” to match-fund the 30,000-tree planting initiative ahead of COP 26.

Meanwhile, Love Nature, a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, is broadening its reach in the U.S. by launching on Samsung TV Plus as a 4K FAST linear channel. Through this free video service, users can access Love Nature on select Samsung Galaxy mobile devices through the Galaxy Store and Google Play app stores; and instantly via their 2016 – 2021 Samsung TVs in the app section.

The Samsung launch is the latest in a series of launches for the Love Nature brand across myriad VOD platforms, including PrendeTV, XUMO, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV and Tubi TV, with more to come, according to Love Nature.

The brand is currently available to more than 300 million households worldwide, via its branded linear and online platforms available in 135+ countries and through key content partnerships with Sky Nature (UK), Starhub (Singapore), Rogers (Canada), KPN, VodafoneZiggo (Netherlands) and others.

(Pictured: Love Nature’s Land of Gremlins)

BBC Select strikes content deal for Beyond Rights docs

Ad-free, BBC Studios-owned streaming service BBC Select, which launched in the U.S. and Canada in February, has struck a content deal with UK-headquartered distributor Beyond Rights, covering several doc titles and series.

Titles within the deal include: The $50 Million Art Swindle (1 x 90 minutes) from director Vanessa Engle and Top Hat Productions; World’s Greatest Paintings (10 x 60 minutes) from Lambent Production; How I Created a Cult (3 x 60 minutes) from Conscious Life; A Brief History of Graffiti (1 x 60 minutes) from Kaboom Film & TV; Trump in Tweets (1 x 60) from Wonderhood Studios; Starbucks & Nespresso: The Truth About Your Coffee (1 x 35 minutes) from TI Productions; and Dark Son (3 x 60 minutes) from Monster Films.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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