Monday, 28 May 2007

Daily Game Dives

There has been a lot of confusion as to why our audience have been missing game drives recently. This is because of an increasing number of power outages across the whole of South Africa. (Primarily due to a marked drop in the temperature, more and more demand has been placed on the grid). Additionally there has been a break in one of the fibre optic lines between Djuma and Pretoria and Telkom have been working hard to fix it. As a result, you the viewers are not getting your regular stream.

We at WildEarth are continuing to go out on two game drives a day despite the problems, and the minute everything is fixed we'll be there for you. The morning safari starts at 06.30 and the evening at 15.00. If the times change we will let you know.

We are working hard to fix these problems and apologise for the frustration this must be causing.

Thursday, 24 May 2007

News Update.........

I am sure that you have noticed, Pieter and Hayley have disappeared from your screens. They have gone on leave for two weeks and will be back with us on 4th June. A young man by the name of Rodney has joined us for six weeks as a Final Control Director. You will be hearing a lot of his voice over the next few weeks.

Their is a cold front passing through the country
and at night temperatures are dropping to below freezing. Nick and Helen are having to wrap up in many layers when driving in the early morning and late evening. This cold weather is one of the reasons why we are having an increased number of power cuts in the area. More and more people are using heaters in the surrounding villages which is causing power outages. When you receive the apology notice on your screen then you know there has been a power cut.

Our second waterhole camera, Buffelshoek, will soon be ready. At this waterhole there are often elephant and buffalo along with a resident hippo that moves in and out.

We are still trying to iron out difficulties behind the scenes and are still waiting on a content distribution network. However, WE can assure you that we are working hard to solve these problems. Thanks again for all of your support.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Latest News.

Its been a productive but busy few days here at WildEarth. We now have several offers to provide a content distribution network to improve our service to you. Telkom Media are assessing these solutions and hopefully it won't be long before things get better. Thank you for all your support and positivity, it is appreciated by the whole WildEarth team.

We have been experimenting with different times for our game drives due to the cooler temperatures, but will generally adhere to the winter safari schedule: 07h00 to 09h30 and 16h00 to 20h00 (Central African Time) . Nick and Pieter will continue to present the game drives with Helen or Jan on camera and Hayley directing.

Our second waterhole"Buffelshoek", has almost completed repairs after a spate of lightning strikes as well as a particularly persistant young bull elephant and should be back with us sometime next week. Please keep visiting as they will soon be introducing a forum for the growing WildEarth community to discuss sightings on the channel.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Problems getting the LIVE stream.

Currently Telkom Media limit the total number of simultaneous connections to the video servers so that it does not exceed their allocated international bandwidth. If you are able to make a connectionn it means that you have one of the about 80 slots available . If you then do not have a full 25 frame per second video and audio feed it means that there is limited connectivity between your computer and the Telkom Media international peering point.

The only solution to this problem is not the increasing of Telkom's international bandwidth but rather the distribution of our stream to a publishing point closer to you, on the 'edge' of the internet. This is known as a content distribution network. Telkom Media are looking into exactly that and there are a number of company's in the world that provide this service.

We apologise for this inconvenience but can assure you that every effort is being made to improve this service as soon as possible. We appreciate your positive feedback and will continue to provide you with the best content we can.

Monday, 7 May 2007

Helen and Nick back

As you may have noticed our other presenter/camera team are back from a well deserved break. For the next little while Pieter and Jan and Helen and Nick will share the drives and Hayley will continue to direct from the control centre. Thankyou and we hope you continue to enjoy.

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Huge traffic to WildEarth!!

Due to unprecedented levels of traffic some of our viewers outside of South Africa may be experiencing difficulty accessing the WildEarth stream, or find that the stream buffers a lot.

Telkom Media and WildEarth are working as hard and as fast as we can to keep up with demand and hopefully soon we will have more bandwidth to our international viewers.

Thank you for all your positive feedback. We will continue to try and produce the best live wildlife experience on the web. Its in our nature.

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

WildEarth on YouTube

Well WE (WildEarth) have been broadcasting for a few days now. We have had some great drives ... thanks Pieter, Jan and Hayley. If you missed some of the action you can watch it again courtesy of other WildEarthers who have been recording highlights from the drives and posting them on You Tube. Please become a member of our WildEarth group on You Tube ( and add any other WildEarth videos to our list. Lets see if we can become the best, friendliest and biggest group on You Tube. Thanks for all the support and words of encouragement ... WE promise to always do our best to keep broadcasting LIVE from Djuma Game Reserve ... it's in our nature.