BBC Earth


China’s BesTV to host BBC Earth branded space

BBC Studios is to launch a BBC Earth branded space on BestTV in China, which boasts 46m subscribers across the territory. BesTV is a Chinese pay-TV service provider placed across 31 cities in China, and a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group. From 1 April 2019, BesTV subscribers will be able to access premium BBC Earth […]

BBC plans website cuts to fight FAANG

The BBC is planning to cut sections of its website to facilitate the user experience as it continues to compete with SVoD giants for eyeballs. The corporation has put the BBC Earth and BBC Arts sections of its website on the chopping block and plans to run fewer features and less celebrity gossip. According to […]

BBC Studios extends beIN partnership

BBC Studios is set to develop its partnership with Doha-based beIN Media Group by signing a memo of understanding that establishes a strategic partnership between the two companies, “to explore opportunities for the co-development, co-production and distribution of content in Qatar, the Middle East and Turkey.” The partnership will run for three years from this […]

BBCWW launches channels across MENA, Turkey

Factual channel BBC Earth is due to launch across the Middle East and North Africa region through the beIN direct-to-home satellite service on April 5. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced the deal and said that BBC Earth will extend its distribution in Turkey by launching via operator Digiturk on the same day. At […]

BBCWW moves away from originals strategy

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) will move away from commissioning originals for its BBC Earth and BBC Brit channels, leaving two commissioners redundant. The channels will newly focus on airing BBCWW distributed series and local formats, as first reported by Deadline. As part of the new strategy, commissioning editors Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson will no longer […]

BBC Earth block lands in South Korea

BBC Worldwide has inked a deal that sees a BBC Earth branded block in South Korea. The block is available on Korean cable channel KMH’s newly launched documentary channel DocuOne. It launched together with DocuOne on July 18 and will be available six hours a day in two-hour time slots and as part of a […]

BBC Worldwide nets launch on Polish OTT service

Cyfrowy Polsat-owned OTT TV service Ipla has added three BBC Worldwide channels to its programming line-up. Ipla is adding BBC Brit, the ‘best of British’ channel featuring a mix of factual entertainment programming, including Top Gear, to its Ipla Rozrywka and Ipla Wiedza News Rozrywka packages. The OTT TV service is also offering natural history […]

Youku buys giant screen BBC Earth films

China’s Youku has bought five giant screen BBC Earth films that will be made available on TV channels and mobiles. Earthflight, Incredible Predators, Tiny Giants, Walking with Dinosaurs, and Wild Africa will be broadcast in HD on Youku digital platforms, which include a streaming service with 500 million active monthly users. Youku also gains rights […]

BBC to experiment with ‘haptic’ virtual reality

BBC Earth is looking to experiment with ‘haptic’ virtual reality experiences – involving a sense of touch as well as sight and hearing – and augmented reality experiences with overlaid information and graphics over video sequences, according to Charlotte Jones, executive producer at BBC Earth Productions. Interviewed on stage by James Kotecki of C Space […]

BBC, Blue Ant launching Earth channel

BBC Worldwide and Blue Ant are rolling out the BBC Earth channel in Canada. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster and the Canadian programmer and channel operator will launch the high-end factual net on January 24. The launch line-up will include hit series Planet Earth II (pictured) and The Hunt. The HD net will replace […]

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