Fully Charged: Netflix making Planet Earth sequel in 4K, plus Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent

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Netflix funding Planet Earth sequel in 4K

BBC’s Planet Earth (pictured) was one of the first true showcase productions for HD video and Blu-ray, showing an ultra-crisp and stunning side of nature we hadn't seen before. And a new successor could do the same for 4K resolution in a few years’ time.

Netflix announced that it’s teaming up with the production team behind Planet Earth (Silverback Films) and the World Wildlife Fund to create a new series entitled Our Planet, an eight-part look at never-before-filmed areas of the globe. Finding and shooting that footage is a massive undertaking, which is why the series is being announced now for a 2019 debut.

Our Planet will inspire millions of people around the world by showcasing the planet’s species and most fragile habitats through a visionary series and cutting edge multimedia storytelling,” said Colin Butfield, executive producer at the WWF. If you’ve seen Planet Earth on a properly impressive screen, then you surely know to be extremely excited for this.

[Sources: WWF, Variety]

Nokia buys Alcatel Lucent

Nokia just can’t sit still, can it? After selling its mobile phone hardware business to Microsoft and revealing an Android-powered tablet, the Finnish company has now paid 15.6 billion Euros for French telecom hardware maker Alcatel-Lucent. The acquired company's Bell Laboratories comes along with the deal.

It’s important to note that this deal doesn’t include Alcatel-branded smartphones and watches; that hardware came from a deal with Chinese company TCL, which will take over the entire line. Instead, this is a move that will let Nokia concentrate on making the hardware that could power the next generation of mobile networks. In fact, Nokia is looking into selling off the HERE Maps business, among other strategic options, so the company’s brand could soon become a lot more focussed.

[Source: Nokia via Engadget]