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A few kilometres from Dubai, a vast solar array is being constructed. Costing $13.6 billion, when finished it will be the largest solar farm in the world, capable of powering 1.3 million homes.
CNN brings footage of this achievement, called Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, in its roundup of the latest technology developments. Due for completion by 2030 it will generate 5000MW of electricity and cover 80 square miles. The project makes use of the empty spaces of the desert and the 10 hours of sunlight per day that Dubai receives.
YouTube Gives British Pathé a Gold Creator Award for Exceeding One Million Subscribers
The number of subscribers to the British Pathé YouTube channel has now surpassed 1 million. In recognition of this landmark achievement, YouTube has presented British Pathé with a prestigious Gold Creator Award.
Alastair White, (shown above with award), the CEO of British Pathé said, "British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world, but we have proved that age is no barrier to success in the digital era by achieving 1 million subscribers. We’re now averaging 800,000 video streams every single day on YouTube and it is wonderful that YouTube itself has recognised this success and presented us with this award."
British Pathé released its entire historical newsreel archive of 82,000 films on YouTube in 2014. Making headlines at the time, it was the largest single upload in the platform’s history and even featured as a segment on Have I Got News for You.
But, for Alastair, the real prize has been the enthusiasm shown by the general public: "We’re delighted that so many people have shown such an interest in this historical resource. It’s a treasure trove of twentieth century life and culture and it is brilliant that new generations are discovering it online."
You can explore British Pathé’s YouTube channel here.
British Pathé YouTube Channel Facts
• The largest audiences are in the United States and the United Kingdom, but 60% of viewers live elsewhere
• India represents the third largest audience for British Pathé’s content
• The YouTube channel is a hit with millennials. 43% of its viewers are under the age of 35. Nearly 60% are under 45
"Tornadogenesis" - Watch the Birth Of a Tornado on 4K
Prairie Pictures’ StormStock founder and cinematographer Martin Lisius has been out filming storms for long hours the past couple months. One of the most unusual things he’s captured is the birth of a tornado, called "tornadogenesis" by meteorologists.
In May, Lisius forecasted the formation of a tornado in the eastern Oklahoma Panhandle and waited for the storm to develop. "It was a fairly easy intercept since we were already waiting on a hill when the storm formed in front of us," Lisius said. He tracked it north where it finally produced a tornado for the shoot near Forgan, Oklahoma.
White Shark Stalks Surfers - Drone Footage from Australia
A seven and a half foot Great White Shark approaches surfers off the coast of New South Wales. The video was taken by The Rogue Droner’s UAV, which hovered just metres above the water, following the shark as it moved closer to the surfers.
The predator comes within striking distance of the five people in the water as they wait for a wave at Tuncurry Beach in Eastern Australia, completely unaware of the danger they are in.
The videographer who shot the footage made several attempts to warn surfers to the presence of the large shark.
“Please be aware the surfers in this video were attempted to be warned by the drone. No surfers were injured,” said a message posted on The Rogue Droner’s YouTube page. “There was also someone on the beach waving at them to warn them. Thankfully all surfers and swimmers were safe.”
Documentary streaming service British Pathé TV was the recipient of a FOCAL International Award at last week’s ceremony held at the Troxy in London.
The category, Best Use of Footage on Innovative Platforms, honoured the newly-relaunched British Pathé TV SVOD service for the promotion of archive-driven long form programming on an online platform.
British Pathé TV aims to appeal to specialist audiences that mainstream services are failing to cater for, such as history buffs, royal watchers, cinema aficionados and train enthusiasts. It is available at www.britishpathe.tv.
Alastair White, CEO of British Pathé TV, accepted the award and spoke on behalf of the SVOD team. Despite getting the name of one of the key team members wrong, his speech went very well.
Alastair, who was to be found at the drinks reception later overcome with emotion, had this to say: “It wossh really great to win thissh award; is the bar still open?”