Following more than six months of development and preparation, OTV Media Group announced today the official launch of its new 24-hour IPTV linear channel, OTV. The new OTV channel broadcasts news, information and entertainment from a Body Mind Spirit perspective. OTV features in-studio anchors introducing stories in a news magazine format. Segments focus on the following topics: Current Affairs, Earth & Science, Love & Relationships, Metaphysics, Natural Health, Personal Growth, Spirituality and Visionary Art.
OTV Media Group also owns and operates OTV’s sister channel, Oasis TV On Demand, which is currently available nationwide in 10 million cable and satellite homes.
“OTV’s faced-paced format allows viewers to preview various shows from our 600-plus hour library, then watch the programs in their entirety on Oasis TV On Demand,” said Robert Schnitzer, OTV President and Chief Executive Officer.
OTV Chairman and former Time Warner Chairman/CEO Gerald Levin, calls the new network “one of a kind,” adding,“There’s simply nothing else like this available. I’m also a big fan of its content. And I always like being first to market.”
OTV originates from studios at its headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. The online video feed is provided by Livestream.com.
Schnitzer also said that OTV is preparing for aggressive expansion. “The demand for so-called ‘conscious media’ has always been there. Our research shows hundreds of millions of people around the world are hungry for our content,” he explained. “By year’s end, OTV will be on smart televisions, Internet video players such as Roku and Boxee, as well as iPhone, iPads, Android and other smartphone and tablet devices.”
“OTV is the premier global information destination for Body Mind Spirit programming service on all media platforms. Our mission is to help make the world a happier, healthier and more peaceful planet by delivering entertaining and inspiring content. It’s updated daily and is absolutely free,” said Schnitzer.
About OTV Media Group, Inc.
Los Angeles-based OTV Media Group (watchotv.com) owns and operates OTV, Oasis TV On Demand, and Shop OTV. OTV is the world’s first 24x7 linear IPTV channel providing news, information and entertainment from a Body Mind Spirit perspective. Oasis TV On Demand provides full-length Body Mind Spirit programming to 10 million cable and satellite households in the United States. ShopOTV.com sells thousands of holistic gifts, books, DVDs and other Body Mind Spirit products online. OTV Media Group owns the world’s largest Body Mind Spirit program library, consisting of over 600 hours of video content focusing on Spirituality, Alternative Health, Metaphysics, Visionary Art, World Peace, Personal Growth, Love, Sex and Relationships.
Livestream's mission is to build a next-generation live cable operator: one that is global, social, user friendly, reaches all devices and is accessible to anyone interested in broadcasting an interactive live video experience - for free. Event organizers, content owners, celebrities and artists around the world use Livestream's social broadcasting tools to engage and grow their audiences on the web, mobile devices, and connected TVs. More than one billion video minutes are streamed each month to a growing community of 20 million monthly viewers. Notable content partners include Facebook, The New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, and the Associated Press. Livestream offers a unique commitment to protecting the rights of its producers through a 'Zero Tolerance on Piracy' policy. The company operates with over 100 full-time staff members in 3 offices - in New York, Los Angeles and Bangalore.
OTV Media Group, Leadership
Gerald Levin, Chairman
Gerald Levin is Chairman of the Board of Directors of OTV Media Group, Inc. Starting in 1972, Mr. Levin pioneered the creation of HBO and helped develop the modern cable industry. From 1992 through 2002, he served as Chairman/CEO of the media conglomerate Time Warner. In addition to his role at OTV Media Group, Mr. Levin currently is the Presiding Director of Moonview Sanctuary, a holistic mental health institute in Santa Monica, California, and a partner in Connectivity, a consultancy devoted to helping entrepreneurs. He is also on the board of Organized Wisdom and chairman of Startup Health.
Robert Schnitzer, President and Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Schnitzer produced, directed and wrote several independent feature films prior to founding Oasis TV. He is currently executing the company’s multi-faceted growth strategy from its Los Angeles headquarters. Mr. Schnitzer also believes conscious media can play a critical role in helping make the world a more peaceful and happy planet and guides OTV Media Group along that path.