BBC Worldwide announced that its global factual brand BBC Earth will launch as a linear channel across the MENA markets through the beIN DTH service on April 5th. The agreement will also see BBC Earth extend its distribution in Turkey, launching on the region’s largest pay-TV operator Digiturk.
Seeking to inspire audiences by sharing the incredible wonders of our universe, BBC Earth showcases the work of the world’s foremost factual film-makers and will take audiences across MENA on a thrilling journey of discovery. beIN is one of the leading sport and entertainment global networks, and its MENA platform offers the complete spectrum of entertainment, from blockbuster movies and series to factual documentaries and children’s programs, to subscribers across the MENA region.
BBC Earth will be a fully localised channel on the beIN network with a schedule curated specifically for local audiences and with 100% Arabic subtitling. The channel will launch with the latest and critically acclaimed natural history series from the BBC, Blue Planet II.
Natasha Hussain, Vice President and General Manager for Middle East & Mediterranean Region, BBC Worldwide said: “Our expanded partnership with beIN marks an important step in BBC Earth’s journey as a global brand as it increases its reach to a significant new audience across the MENA region. The BBC is uniquely positioned as the world leader in natural history and factual film making, with an unparalleled 60 year heritage in leading production of quality natural history programming. With beIN we are delighted to deliver world class production, creation and technological breakthroughs that BBC Earth has to offer”.
Schedule highlights for BBC Earth include Blue Planet II- This cinematic experience captivating viewers across the globe, takes viewers on a adventure across the greatest, yet least known, parts of our planet- our oceans.Blue Planet II uses breakthroughs in marine science and cutting-edge technology to explore new worlds and reveal the very latest discoveries. Over the course of more than four years, the Blue Planet II team have mounted 125 expeditions, visited 39 countries, filmed across every ocean and spent over 6,000 hours diving underwater to bring us closer than ever before to the captivating lives of some of the most extraordinary sea creatures.
In the UK, Blue Planet II was seen by 14.1 million people in the week since it was first broadcast, making it the most watched programme of the year.