When David Attenborough’s series “Blue Planet II” aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down

Blue Planet II is so popular in China that it ’caused the internet to temporarily slow down’

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lue Planet II is so popular that it reportedly caused internet problems in China when millions of viewers tried to stream it at the same time.

According to The Sunday Times, David Attenborough could be the most-watched individual on earth after 80m viewers tuned in to see his new nature documentary on marine life at the weekend.

And so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet temporarily slowed down.

On Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, users described the show as ‘beautiful’, and said they had been affected by Attenborough’s ‘appeal to protect the environment’.

Muchu Jun, a film blogger from Beijing, wrote: “I watched with my mouth hanging open. Blue P… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

8 thoughts on “When David Attenborough’s series “Blue Planet II” aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down”

  1. beejeezP0P

    The greatest narrator to ever live.

  2. yewsimon

    The internet in Australia remains slow to this day. And every day prior to “blue planet”.

  3. tibsie

    I’m old enough to remember the times when the internet would slow down at peak times everyday. Typically 7 to 9am, then 5 to 10pm.

    This was in the very late 90s when the internet really started to take off but before home broadband was common and before ISPs and internet backbone providers had realised that they REALLY needed to beef things up.

  4. Bleepin_bleep

    His older brother is the man that played Dr. Hammond in Jurassic Park.

  5. nowhereman136

    I remember the first few seasons of Game of Throne, everytime a new episode came out, the torrent websites would all crash for several hours

  6. TheImpundulu

    I’m in China, and my tv has a pay per view type deal. Really cheap. I can watch Blue Planet two in 4K. It’s gorgeous.

  7. shannister

    Gonna call BS on that one. For starters 80m is good but is not that big of a deal in China. Second of all, most of China’s video entertainment is streamed, and this would have been but a blip in the sea of streaming between all providers. Third of all, China internet is pretty vast and unpredictable, I’d highly doubt they would pinpoint one of the many slowdowns just to that show. Finally Tencent distribute a lot more content, I’m pretty sure they can handle it. Not to mention, I was in China in 2017 and it’s not like it took the country by storm either. Considering the source and the fact no evidence is provided for it, I’m gonna go for Brits wanting to believe this to be true.

  8. tiga4life22

    I teach English to Chinese kids and a lot of them tell me they love that series.

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