This should help alleviate the problem of BBC nature shows not being available in the U.S., or sometimes in the UK. According to PuffHo:
The BBC has launched a YouTube only ‘channel’ which will feature new nature shows unavailable anywhere else.
‘Earth Unplugged’ will host seven new nature programmes a week.
BBC Worldwide will not make the shows available on iPlayer, and other YouTube channels could be set to follow its lead.
But this is not propitious, for it augurs a bunch of “science lite” stuff:
BBC Earth Productions created the channel and its content, which will include a show called Amazing Animal Babies, Zoo La La (about “extraordinary animal behaviour”), Deadliest (“the ultimate showdowns from the planet’s deadliest animals”) and a new version of Walking With Dinosaurs.
Amanda Hill, Managing Director for BBC Earth at BBC Worldwide said in a statement:
“With Earth Unplugged we’re seeking to connect a new audience with the world around them. YouTube offers a fantastic opportunity to reach people and grab their attention with innovative nature content that will captivate and inspire.”
Well, what they mean is stuff that is heavy on drama and thinnish on science. I’ve had a quick look at the channels, and it’s the science equivalent of the U.S.’s drama-oriented “History Channel” on television. There’s “Bugface,” and “Deadliest Showdowns,” and all are very short: attention-grabbers for Generation Y, which lacks the ability to read an entire book or watch a video that lasts longer than 5 minutes.
Still, some science is better than no science, and even I can’t resist watching videos like “Peregrine vs. pigeon,” from the “Deadliest Showdowns” channel (note: artistic license taken with the video):
Or “Baby cheetahs learn to hunt” from the “Amazing Animal Babies” channel:
These do violate Pinker’s Law of Science Education, though, which is “Do not condescend to your readers” (viewers in this case).