TV4 Entertainment launches “Digital Health Networks,” a suite of transformative streaming channels dedicated to health and wellness

TV4 Entertainment, the global leader in streaming channels, announces the creation of a new subsidiary: Digital Health Networks. The new venture will operate a portfolio of global streaming channels and an original content studio dedicated to individual mental and physical health and wellness.

Digital Health Networks (DHN) will offer inspirational content, real stories and personal community connections, while providing educational resources for individual conditions. DHN will work with category-specific experts to aggregate, produce and curate authentic video content into easy-to-find, highly focused channel brands.

The first channel, THRIVE Cancer Network, launches this fall with a video library of more than 1,000 hours designed to inform, inspire and entertain global citizens impacted by cancer. THRIVE will be joined over the next year with channels dedicated to nutrition, stress management, chronic pain, autism, fitness, addiction, diabetes and caregivers. All channels will launch globally as free services, with premium member content tiers.

“Finding quality video to maximize individual well-being is overwhelming,” said Jon Cody, Founder and CEO, TV4 Entertainment. “Disease brings with it chaos. We created Digital Health Networks to offer better choices that help patients, caregivers and survivors cut through the clutter and bring clarity in chaos.”

To maximize audience reach and channel performance, DHN will leverage TV4 Entertainment’s shared services channel infrastructure, technology platform, monetization engine and global distribution footprint. DHN channels will be offered directly to viewers through websites and apps, and super-distributed to leading television, streaming and mobile platforms, as well as point-of-care domains including physician offices, hospitals and telemedicine screens.

The DHN team brings together key executives from the film, television and streaming industries, as well as top healthcare industry professionals. Former CMO and founding team member of Liberty Media’s Starz, Mike Hale, will serve as Managing Director. Entertainment industry veteran and cancer survivor turned patient advocate, Jonathan Sommers, will oversee DHN’s originals studio. Sommers also serves on SWOG’s Digital Engagement Committee, an international cancer clinical trials network supported by the National Cancer Institute.

“Health, wellness, and disease touch everyone; each of us has a story. Digital Health Networks combines the tradecraft of storytelling with the power of personal experience. Who better to inspire, give advice, and discuss lifestyle options than someone who has been there?” said Mike Hale, Founder, THRIVE Cancer Network. “We look forward to providing a new media platform for authentic storytelling that can positively impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people.”

Advisors to DHN include Jeffrey Erb (President of Healix at IPG Mediabrands), Gary Hutchinson (Entrepreneur in Residence at Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California) and Dr. Ron Pion (healthcare telecommunications pioneer and entrepreneur), all combining to bring decades of healthcare experience to the venture.

“I have been working with healthcare brands for more than two decades and never has an industry been more in need of a storytelling platform than the health and wellness market. I am honored to bring my expertise to Digital Health Networks,” said Jeffrey Erb, Advisor, DHN.

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Antenne Réunion upgraded its TV Traffic Solutions to suit its OTT and catch-up services

Flashback

Antenne Reunion selected BCE’s TV Channel management software to answer their needs for a solution that could manage broadcast content while securing core-business systems.

It was paramount for the company to optimize the data and information exchange with all the channel divisions (content planning, broadcast, Internet, adverts, back office), to avoid multiple and useless entries and to increase productivity.

BCE’s TV Traffic Solutions interface seamlessly with the existing tools like the Broadstream broadcast or the MediaPilot media advertising and booking system, while keeping consistent operations.

The next step for Antenne Reunion was to find a solution which could fit BCE’s smart solutions and integrate perfectly OTT, VoD and Catch-up content.

BCE’s TV Traffic solutions are layered in three products: Athena© manage the content library and the related rights (linear and non-linear). Cronos© creates the long and short-term planning, delivering chronological TV program grids, including detailed titles, materials, costs and rights information and Adonis© creates and manages the daily planning and generates playlists for any kind of automation.

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Major software update

During the implemantation, BCE had to focus on new functionalities specific to the customer’s workflow such as the possibility of characterizing “flow” type orders and acquisitions from TF1 and M6 as well as tracking the orders per vendor and period.

“The main strength of our solutions is the added-value services granted by our developer team, Our developers are able to think out of the box and come with tailored-made upgrades which fit perfectly the customer needs” explains Alex Seca, Broadcast IT Manager at BCE.

With the development of OTT, VoD and Catch-up, BCE upgraded its software suite to fit Antenne Reunion needs for non-linear rights management. More than a software evolution, BCE also provided a new infrastructure (Streamover) to ensure the transcoding of the customer content in order to distribute the content in multiple formats for IPTV and web platforms.

While Streamover send the transcoded content to Parabole Réunion and Zeop, two box TV operators in the Reunion Island, and to Antenne Réunion website (www.antennereunion.fr); Cronos and Adonis manage the planning of the releases for the different Catch-up platforms and Athena ensures the seamless rights management of the overall content.

The upgrade of the TV Traffic Solutions and the integration of Streamover was done remotely, BCE developers and IT teams were of course available to support the customer in its daily operations with accurate solutions to ensure the continuity of Antenne Réunion operations.

“We are very satisfied with our BCE work towards our needs. The team was able to make the necessary changes in order to get a full “Replay” content management solution which is perfectly integrated to the existing software suite. All our Replay digital development is based on BCE’s solutions,” concludes Fabrice CHINJOIE, Directeur innovation technologique et digital at Antenne Réunion.

Antenne Reunion today focuses on Catch-up but BCE already empowered its TV Traffic Solutions with VoD features, allowing the company to anticipate the next steps with reliable solutions.