Watch BBC Stories’ Documentary ‘Dirty Streaming: The Internet's Big Secret’
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Watch BBC Stories’ Documentary ‘Dirty Streaming: The Internet’s Big Secret’

How has this YouTube video got to your screen? Like most people, Beth Webb had no idea how her favorite shows got to her – so she decided to find out.

She followed the data across continents and under oceans, making a big discovery along the way: getting stuff to our screens uses serious amounts of energy. The internet is now as polluting as flying.

As Beth meets the people who run the internet, she discovers that it’s often fossil fuels that are powering our Zoom calls, Twitch streams and YouTube tutorials. Is binging Killing Eve killing… the planet?