Animal Planet Launches Live Animal Cams

`Animal Planet L!VE' Available Online, Samsung Smart TVs
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Fans of cockroaches and puppies can now watch them live on a 24-hour basis with the debut of Animal Planet's new digital service for iPods and connected TV’s.

The Discovery-owned network, in partnership with Audubon Nature Institute,, National Acquarium, South MountainCreamery and the Washington Animal RescueLeague, is launching Animal Planet L!VE, featuring 10 live animal cams that viewers can access on  the network’s APL.TV website as well as through select Samsung Smart TV’s, according to network officials.

Animal Planet L!VE will also be available to XBOX gaming consoles and Roku boxes in the near future, according to Animal Planet.

Animal cams include an Ant Cam, Beluga Cam, Calf Cam, Chick Cam, Cockroach Cam, Kitten Cam, Pacific Reef Cam, Penquin Cam, Puppy Cam and Sea Nettle Cam, said Animal Planet officials.

“Our success with Animal Planet on TV has been due in large part to listening closely to our audience. Their overwhelming response to Puppy Bowl and our Puppy and Kitten Cams led us straight to Animal Planet L!VE,” added Animal Planet President and General Managert Marjorie Kaplan in a statement. “Animal Planet L!VE is an exciting evolution and expansion of the Animal Planet brand.”

The network Wednesday announced it has renewed its hit series Finding Big Foot for a third season of as well as new reality series Ice Cold Gold, which debuts April 21.