Australia’s most intelligent birds are revealed in a new intelligence-focused streaming service, which is available on Apple TV, Roku and other devices.
Central Intelligence, the streaming service launched last week, will also be available on the web, with a number of other streaming platforms expected to follow suit, including Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies and HBO Now.
The service is the brainchild of Andrew Rimmer, who was previously a chief technology officer at Amazon.
Central IQ is a subscription service that will also allow subscribers to watch online episodes of the show, and the content is also available on YouTube.
Rimmer said the aim was to bring the intelligence of Australian birds to the big screen, but he added: “I wanted it to be more than just birdwatching, and it’s not just a birdwatching service.”
Central Intelligence features more than 1,000 images and videos from the intelligence community and is the first Australian-made intelligence service to be produced on the internet.
It will be available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
“The internet is a very powerful medium for people to create content, so I wanted to make sure that Central Intelligence would be a place where people would be able to create and share content,” Rimmer said.
“The content is very important, it’s important for the human species, it helps us learn, it gives us the tools that we need to survive.”
The video-sharing service will allow users to share video content of interest to birds and other creatures, including bats, kangaroos, penguins and snakes.
Some of the content has already been shared on YouTube, with many viewers responding to the project with questions.
A video of an Australian bat has been viewed over 4 million times on YouTube and received more than 9.8 million views.
As part of the video-sourcing initiative, there are also three avian-inspired characters from the Australian Museum, including one named ‘Nom Nom’, whose name translates as ‘the new nomad’ or ‘nanny’.
The avian characters are named after Australia’s Indigenous people, with one of them being called ‘Nomi Nom’.
“We’ve been making a lot of videos about these animals,” Ritter said.
But he added that there were many more species to be discovered.
“We hope that the internet can be used to bring them into the mainstream and the way we view and interact with them will change,” he said.