BBC Earth

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 […]

BBCWW streams channels on TVB SVOD platform

BBC Worldwide has launched five channels on myTVSuper, the SVOD service operated by Hong Kong’s free-TV broadcaster TVB. BBC First, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Earth, CBeebies and BBC World News have all rolled out on the service. They can be live streamed, with a 14-day catch-up window for all shows on the nets. Premium drama service […]

BBC preps Attenborough natural history app

The BBC will launch a new app featuring a raft of content from respected naturalist and presenter Sir David Attenborough later this week. The Story of Life app launches on Thursday (November 17) on Apple and Android devices. UK pubcaster the BBC owns all of the content and the app will be available worldwide. It […]

BBC launches first TV Everywhere service

BBC Worldwide has launched BBC Player, a branded TV Everywhere service in partnership with Singaporean pay TV giant StarHub. TV Everywhere services have proved popular with channels and operators in the US in particular, and allow authenticated pay TV subs to stream channels from their pay TV bundle. The branded BBC Player, which is now […]

BBC to launch Netflix-style US platform

The BBC will next year launch an OTT subscription service akin to streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US. Tony Hall, director general of the UK’s pubcaster, said the move was part of plan to “try out businesses that go direct to the public”. The BBC Worldwide-operated service will offer Americans […]

Sony-branded BBC Earth net launches in India

BBC Worldwide has teamed with Sony subsidiary Multi Screen Media India to launch its premium factual channel BBC Earth in the country. The Indian version of the channel will be called Sony BBC Earth and be an HD offering going available in Tamil, English and Hindi across India. MSM will be the majority partner in […]

Buyers briefing: Jon Farrar, BBC Worldwide

Name: Jon Farrar Title: Senior VP, global programming and acquisitions Jon Farrar oversees the programming and acquisitions strategy for BBC Worldwide’s new channel brands, BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First. The executive has had two spells with the BBC’s commercial arm, and has also worked in programming at Viacom and NBCUniversal. Here he outlines […]

BBC Earth makes Fishing Impossible

BBC Worldwide has unveiled new commissions for its BBC Earth channel, one of which follows maverick fishing specials chasing ‘uncatchable’ sea life. Fishing Impossible and What Planet Are You On? (WT) will joint eh previously-announced Extreme Weather: The Survivors, which was BBC Earth’s debut commission. Fishing Impossible is a 10-part coproduction with UK broadcaster ITV, […]

Triple channel launch for Worldwide in Africa

BBC Worldwide is launching its three fledgling channel brands in Africa for the first time with a launch on DStv in South Africa. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has revamped its channels offering across three core brands: fact-ent service BBC Brit, factual offering BBC Earth and premium drama service BBC First. The DStv […]