‘Glewed TV’ Streaming Big Wave Surfing Reality Series

Upstart ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) service Glewed TV on Jan. 28 announced a partnership with big wave explorer Garrett McNamara to offer viewers exclusive wellness and family video content. The series is being co-sponsored by brands Buondi and Thule.

The bi-weekly series “The McNamaras” will feature adventures, showcasing McNamara and his wild family life as they travel the globe searching for giant waves, while advocating ecology, being healthy and raising their kids to become “conscious citizens” for a better planet.

McNamara, best known for discovering and pioneering the biggest wave in the world at Nazaré, Portugal, is an eight-time Guinness World Record holder for the largest wave ever surfed. He is also part of the only team to have ever surfed waves generated by a 300-foot calving glacier in Alaska, and the only foreigner to receive the Vasco de Gama Medal of Honor from the Portuguese Navy for his contribution to Portugal.

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“Viewers are going to really enjoy following Garrett and his family on their extreme adventures. We look forward to sharing it with the world,” V. Paul Coyne, CEO of Glewed TV, said in a statement.

Glewed TV sources and produces more than 7,000 hours of content, with categories including food, children, sports, DIY, educational, documentaries, animals/wildlife, travel, comedy, product reviews and movies.

The first “McNamaras” episode offers an introduction to Nazare, Portugal, home of the biggest wave in the world, where McNamara and his wife Nicole got married and spend half of the year. When their 5-year-old son Barrel asks his dad to ride horses, viewers discover one of McNamara’s secret fears.

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Facebook Watch Video Service Expands Globally

Facebook Watch, the social media behemoth’s streaming video platform launched a year ago, is expanding worldwide. The platform will be available to Facebook users globally beginning Aug. 30.

The move comes more than two years after Netflix launched globally, and Amazon followed expanding Prime Video to 200 countries in December 2016.

“This is a really important moment for us,” Fidji Simo, head of video at Facebook, said in a statement. “It’s been a year of real progress for Watch. Every month, more than 50 million people in the U.S. come to Watch, and the total time spent has increased 14 times since the start of 2018.”

Maybe, but according to recent data from The Diffusion Group, more than 50% of Facebook users don’t know what Watch is. And fewer still use it. A noteworthy statistic considering Facebook is spending upwards of $1-2 billion on original content for the platform.

Content includes access to select professional soccer and Major League Baseball games, “SKAM Austin,” an episodic teen drama series, based on the Norwegian Web series “Skam,” and “Red Table Talk,” a talk show starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris that premiered on May 7 and reportedly has nearly 3 million viewers.

Matthew Henick, head of content planning and strategy and media partnerships at Facebook, said worldwide access to Watch would help third-party publishers and content creators better monetize their videos and better understand how their content is performing.

“[We’re] excited to bring a new distribution platform to our partners around the world,” he said.