BBC iPlayer to stream Blue Planet II in Ultra HD and HDR
James R | On 05, Dec 2017
Wildlife fans can watch Blue Planet II in the best quality ever shown on the BBC from Sunday 10th December.
The final episode of the seven-part series airs on BBC One this Sunday, after which the whole season will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer in Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) – the first time the BBC has shown an episode or series in such high quality.
BBC iPlayer will also introduce a wider range of colours to the Ultra HD and HDR version. This means audiences can enjoy shades of colours never before seen in a BBC programme, bringing the spectacular animals, vibrant coral reefs and deep blue oceans of the David Attenborough programme to life like never before.
Audiences have already been wowed by the landmark documentary, which uses revolutionary camera techniques and technology to capture breathtaking scenes from oceans around the world. But the combination of Ultra HD and HDR, with a Wider Colour Gamut technology, meaning audiences with compatible TVs will see aquatic life on screen at its lifelike.
The BBC uses a type of HDR called Hybrid Log-Gamma, invented by BBC Research & Development and Japanese broadcaster, NHK. Due to the way HLG represents light, people can enjoy the most natural colours possible on their televisions at home, as if they were in the sea alongside the camera crew. It’s also is a significant step toward bringing more HDR programmes to more people, as it meets the complex needs of TV broadcasters, especially with live broadcasts.
Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, BBC, says: “As the most watched programme of 2017, Blue Planet II, has captured the hearts of the nation. The series is a prime example of the world-class work of the BBC NHU documentary makers and I’m delighted that audiences will be able to watch the series in ground-breaking quality on BBC iPlayer.”
Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer, BBC Design & Engineering, adds: “The extra quality that Ultra HD, HDR and the wider range of colours brings to audiences is unparalleled. Blue Planet II is the first programme we’ve shown in such high quality and perfectly demonstrates how the BBC is pushing the boundaries of digital innovation. Making the full series available in Ultra HD and HDR on BBC iPlayer is the next step in reinventing the BBC for a new generation, and there’s not a better place to start than with the stunning Blue Planet II.”