This release, and future releases, has been brought to you encoded in h264. While this has yet to become as end-user friendly and a standard as XviD has, the higher quality presented justifies the use. You'll get better quality at a lower bitrate and the codec handles banding and dark scenes better. I've noticed 'the scene' has yet to really adopt this method of video compression but believe it's time for this to be the standard.
All that'll be required on your side to play this codec for Windows is either the Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) or a combination of FFDShow and Haali media splitter. For your convenience I'll include these with each first episode release. For a player I recommend Media Player Classic or VLC player. For Macs you'll need to either use MPlayer or VLC Player. If you still have issues install the latest version of Quicktime. You can get alternately get FFDShow at http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow and Haali Media Splitter for Matroska at http://haali.cs.msu.ru/mkv/. CCCP can be found at http://www.cccp-project.net/
Now for the actual info...
Planet Earth 1 of 11 - Pole to Pole
Encoded in h.264 at 860kbit
Audio 128kbit CBR mp3 (have not switched to AAC due to basic 2chan source and lazyness)
Visit some of the world's most breathtaking, faraway locales in this 11-part documentary series from the Discovery Channel. Shot in HD, this series is narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver and it originally aired in the UK. You will see the world like it has never before seen, this show puts you in the place where it is shooting and it will take you on a journey that you will never forget. In this never before seen footage you will be amazed at the world in its beautiful natural state, the wonder will make you tremble and the beauty will make you fall in love with "Planet Earth."