Sir David Attenborough will face a new natural history documentary for Netflix, the latest example of the live broadcast company on the BBC's territory.
The 92-year-old radio station has been synonymous with the departure of the BBC's natural history for decades, but now it will offer the voice-over for the Netflix Ourflour series, which will be released in April.
"Our planet will have viewers a spectacular journey of discovery that shows the beauty and fragility of our natural world," Attenborough said as the series was announced on Thursday. "Today we become the greatest threat to the health of our home but we still have time to address the challenges we create if we act now. We need the world to pay attention."
The program is produced by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who previously worked with Attenborough on BBC projects such as Planet Earth and Blue Planet. Unusually, its Netflix series was produced in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which helped to access movie sites and provided tips.
Colin Butfield, of the WWF, who served as the executive producer of the project, said: "I have never seen a series of natural history that combines real things that I had never seen before, but that always has a really great narrative in each episode. The preaching is spectacular the massive public spectacle, but in the end you are absolutely aware of the challenge of climate change and excessive fishing and deforestation. "
Our planet was announced initially without the participation of Attenborough in 2015 and the team spent four years filming in 50 countries worldwide, with more than 600 crew members.
Last year, the BBC issued Blue Planet II, headed by Attenborough. It was the most watched television show of the year in the United Kingdom and became a worldwide success and provoked a re-evaluation of the impact of plastic use in the oceans.
Butfield said that Netflix would make our planet available the same day throughout the world, something that is impossible to achieve with traditional television channels, in an attempt to influence governments. The series will be available only to pay subscribers.
"I can not think of a better platform that will come to many people at the same time," he said. "For this particular, it tries to have that global moment. It's hard to get a program on many national stations at the same time. Whether it's London or Delhi or Rio or Washington, we want it exactly at the same time."
He said that other material produced next to each episode would be available for free online. "Our motive is educational and [improving] public understanding of the natural world. [It] It's telling a much larger and deeper story about the state of the planet and how nature can recover. "
Our planet represents an enormous financial investment for Netflix, given the substantial cost of producing natural history films. The BBC has teamed up with television channels around the world to share production costs, although it is likely that you will be fighting with rivals in the bottom line for future series.
Attenborough is not cutting ties with the BBC, and his new five-part series, Dynasties, for which he was involved in filming on the spot, will start on BBC One this Sunday.