VRV’s ‘Paradigm’

After seven years entertaining millions of YouTube viewers with very short-form science videos, YouTube’s MinutePhysics (4.2 million subs) and MinuteEarth (1.8 million) will get a bit longer – 13 minutes to be exact – this Friday, March 2. That’s when those channels’ creators will pilot a new series, Paradigms, on pay streamer VRV.

Paradigms is subtitled “How We Know What We Know.” Episode one, “The Science of Sight,” uses stick figures, animation, and puns to explain “how we got from the Ancient Greek idea that our eyes shoot out a visual fire in order to see, to our modern understanding of how the eye and the brain make vision possible.”

Let’s start with Plato:

If Paradigms goes to series, expect more in a similar vein about “how humanity – through fits and starts – came to understand everything from how evolution actually works to where the center of the universe really is.”

Paradigms is narrated and “hosted” by Derek Muller, creator of another popular YouTube science channel Veritasium  (3.8 million subs).

VRV costs $9.99 a month, following a 30-day free trial. That price gives you 13 channels: VRV Select, the service’s original content channel, along with Mubi, CuriosityStream, Dramafever, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Nerdist, Shudder, Funimation, Cartoon Hangover, Mondo, Tested and Geek & Sundry. For more info and compatible devices, visit VRV.co.


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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