WaterBear Network makes strides into Australia with expansion of Samsung TV Plus FAST Channel

WaterBear Network, the free streaming platform dedicated to sustainability and the future of the planet, has announced the continued expansion of its linear FAST channel on Samsung TV Plus across Australia.

Available on all Samsung Smart TVs from 2017 -2022, viewers of the channel will have access to WaterBear Network’s award-winning original content. This includes a diverse slate of documentaries that delve into the most pressing environmental and social issues facing Australia – from MILKED to In My Blood it Runs, The Positive Alternative, Out in the Lineup and Fly The Roof

This follows the successful expansion of its FAST channel on Samsung TV Plus across Europe and the UK earlier this year. As the global expansion continues, WaterBear Network’s impact-generating content can now reach a growing ecosystem of like-minded, value-driven consumers.

WaterBear Network is available across 194 countries and produces inspirational and award-winning original content, spanning biodiversity, community, circularity, climate action and sustainable fashion. Founded by the Executive Producer of Oscar-winning My Octopus Teacher, Ellen Windemuth, WaterBear Network’s content connects viewers with critical global issues and the campaigns of more than 100 NGOs.

With the average number of paid content subscriptions per person growing in many markets, FAST channels are winning a growing share of viewing hours as a free alternative source of content. The format provides WaterBear with a direct-to-consumer channel beyond broadcaster-operated platforms reaching audiences across the ever-growing installed base of Smart TVs.

Samsung TV Plus is 100% free* TV, with no subscription, no sign-up, or credit card needed. The service comes pre-installed on all 2017-2022 Samsung Smart TVs and delivers over 75+ channels across a range of  genres including news, music ,sports, entertainment, movies and more.

VP of Distribution at WaterBear Network, Oliver Taprogge, commented, “Following our expansion into further European territories in July, we’re delighted to be increasing our FAST channel availability on  Samsung TV Plus further and launching in Australia. The expansion of this partnership highlights the impactful selection of content on offer and the growing demand of consumers for content that reflects today’s most pressing issues. With the WaterBear platform now already available across 194 countries, this expansion into Australia is a major step in connecting audiences with the world’s most critical social and environmental stories.

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