Penguin Cam: like Big Brother’s live feeds but with more intelligence

To promote its upcoming nature documentary series Frozen Planet, the Discovery Channel is broadcasting a 24/7 live feed. Unlike Big Brother‘s, however, the feed is free, and shows interaction between intelligent creatures: penguins.

Penguin Cam follows “nearly 300 penguins, representing all five Antarctic species: emperors, kings, Adées, gentoos and macaronis,” according to the network. It’s a feed from SeaWorld San Diego’s Penguin Encounter attraction, and even though I have issues with animal captivity after watching The Cove, it’s oddly compelling, particularly when a penguin takes interest in the camera and decides to break the fourth wall.

Here’s the live feed, which has audio, and the noises the penguins make is far more pleasing than, say, Rachel’s laugh.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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