back to article BBC and Snap. But, why?

The BBC gave the controversial Silicon Valley tech IPO Snap a priceless publicity boost today, by bringing its Planet Earth II series “exclusively” to Snap’s app and nerd goggles before the show launches on terrestrial TV in North America. Planet Earth II made its UK TV debut in November. Six episodes, containing some unseen …

  1. Simon Rockman

    Meanwhile the BBC is discontinuing it's support for iPlayer on Windows Mobile

    1. anthonyhegedus Silver badge

      "Meanwhile the BBC is discontinuing it's support for iPlayer on Windows Mobile" -- who give a toss? Why should they support a platform that is supposedly used by approximately 0.5% of mobile users? I'd hazard a guess that many of those users also have a proper mobile (e.g. android or iOS) so it really is an irrelevance.

  2. getHandle

    Vertical video? No, no, no!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

    1. SkippyBing

      Re: Vertical video? No, no, no!

      This, their camera teams have spent man years filming HD quality footage of natures beauty in landscape. Then to save some poor simpletons the hassle of turning their phones 90 degrees they've butchered it all to appear down with the kids. Fucktards.

    2. sorry, what?

      Re: Vertical video? No, no, no!

      Dear Reg Journo,

      Please send the Vertical Video Syndrome link to the BBC US spod you quoted. Maybe they will take the serious message in this heart-felt production and start applying common sense.

      Er, perhaps that's a bit too optimistic.

      Yours,

      Mr. What

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Idea for a new BBC educational programme

    It would be called "Let's talk Bollocks". On the basis of Six episodes, containing some unseen natural history footage, will be formatted for a “vertical mobile viewing experience”, the BBC says, in what it describes as “a first for a mobile audience”. it would seem that BBC management are fluent speakers of this language and would be able to present the programme without having to recruit externally.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Idea for a new BBC educational programme

      "Talking bollocks. And other quirks of fauna from the Chernobyl region."

  4. Mage Silver badge
    Devil

    BBC stupidity

    The only more stupid PSB broadcaster I know is RTE.

    They have a MASSIVE web infrastructure, with comments.

    Yet they wanted to ditch HGTTG "wiki"

    They push everyone on their website and R4 to Twitter and Facebook. Facebook is probably incompatible with BBC Charter, UK Law and EU law. Both are commercial third parties.

    So no surprise.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      RTE

      * - Agree! RTE constantly claims its broke. Maybe it should start charging for all those free referrals to US corporate commercial interests like Facebook / Twitter and so on.

      * - But who am I kidding... You only have to browse RTE for 2 mins to see how pro-silicon-valley tech news can get. Privacy is not a word RTE heads ever consider! Its all about jobs for the lads through low corporate tax sandwiches. Meanwhile the entire country gets to pay for sh1t like 'Fair-City' through enforced TV license taxes. Go figure!

      * - BTW: Didn't follow [HGTTG] / [R4]... Urban dictionary says later is a gun former is Hitchhikers guide etc... Cheers for insights!

  5. Zog_but_not_the_first
    Holmes

    Why?

    Trendy Tristams, of course.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Why?

      Fairly certain they're more likely to be Jeremy Hunts. ' The BBC is safe in our hands'.

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge
      Go

      Re: Why?

      I thought it was Trendy Tarquins? (cf. Summer School)

  6. Rich 11 Silver badge

    JFC!

    “some of the most plugged in and digitally aware people on earth"

    Can we have a *retch* icon, please?

    1. Commswonk

      Re: JFC!

      "Can we have a *retch* icon, please?"

      New keyboard first, please.

      Why? Because the article lacked a "retch icon" to warn me (and probably others) of the horrors that followed.

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken
      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: JFC!

        "So, plugged in people, huh?" Stanislav Grof Interview (talking about Giger's work)

        Giger was one sick puppy. Not a lot of people know this, but some of the original alien models were part made out of real human body parts as ordered in from a medical supply company. You could say without contradiction, he really loved his work :)

  7. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Snapchat

    After rocking up in London, they did actually declare they were worried about doing business in post-Brexit Britain. Incredible as it may seem, they've got more attention deficit than Google.

  8. MJI Silver badge

    oh f88k

    That will be shit!

    And yes if I do any photo or video on a phone it is help landscape.

    There is enough material of people holding phones like tw@ts as there is.

    DO NOT ENCOURAGE THEM

  9. Commswonk

    "Can we have a *retch* icon, please?"

    New keyboard first, please.

    Why? Because we need a retch icon as a warning...

  10. VinceH

    Dear

    BBC.

    Don't.

    Just

    don't.

    Vertical

    video

    is

    wrong

    on

    so

    many

    levels.

    Note

    that

    this

    comment

    has

    been

    formatted

    with

    just

    one

    word

    per

    line

    because

    I'm

    inferring

    that

    if

    you

    want

    vertical

    video

    you

    also

    want

    vertical

    -

    or

    as

    near

    as

    damn

    it

    -

    text.

  11. sorry, what?
    Devil

    You know, there are some cases where this fits...

    Filming Giraffes and Flamingos is all I can think of though.

    1. I am the liquor

      Re: You know, there are some cases where this fits...

      Or waterfalls. Only tall, thin ones like Angel Falls though, not big wide ones like Niagara.

      Similarly, all sitcoms will have to star John Cleese or Stephen Merchant, while Peter Kay and Johnny Vegas will be out of work.

    2. NonSSL-Login

      Re: You know, there are some cases where this fits...

      Maybe their shadows a few minutes before sunset...

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

        Re: You know, there are some cases where this fits...

        Even Dwarfs Started Small

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: You know, there are some cases where this fits...

      How are they going to show the BBC management toads?

  12. Charlie Clark Silver badge
    Mushroom

    To be fair

    it's not just SnapChat but all these commercial services disguised as "social networks". It's an egregious breach of the rules for any public service channel to promote any of them all in the name of engagement with the public.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    BBC/Snap - Never has...

    the consumers of content being so hyped.

  14. TheProf

    Money

    OK. How much is Snapchat paying BBCAmerica for this exclusive (butchering of landscape) content?

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