Blue Ant Media Grows African Footprint


As part of its ongoing expansion in Africa, Blue Ant Media has launched Love Nature and Smithsonian Channel on StarTimes’ broadcast platforms across several territories on the continent.

Across sub-Saharan Africa, both Love Nature and the Smithsonian Channel are launching in HD on StarTimes 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, a lion saga that follows three colliding prides and the wildlife camera team that captures all the action; Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs, which explores the extraordinary jobs four-legged friends undertake across the globe; Great Blue Wild, a series that joins marine ecologists as they uncover ocean secrets and defend endangered animals; and Monkey Island, which shares the story of an ancient citadel, once home to Sri Lanka’s kings, which has now been reclaimed by the jungle and its monkeys.

Smithsonian Channel’s lineup includes Apollo’s Moon Shot, a documentary series exploring humankind’s most ambitious journey, brought to life through archival interviews, rarely seen footage and artifacts; First Ladies Revealed, 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, which examines how early warning systems are currently being developed.

“These new licensing deals significantly grow Blue Ant Media’s footprint across Africa,” said Ward Platt, CEO of global networks and kids at 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.”