Dynasties: BBC iPlayer to show David Attenborough series in 4K
Staff Reporter | On 09, Nov 2018
Dynasties, BBC One’s new David Attenborough series, will be available to watch in 4K on BBC iPlayer.
The landmark documentary series starts on Sunday 11th November at 8.30pm on BBC One and follows endangered species fighting for their survival. The series promises to bring a bold, new level of real life drama to the natural history genre, revealing the complexities of power, rivalry and tenderness in animal relationships. The first of five episodes introduces us to David, a chimpanzee in Senegal trying to overcome threats to his leadership and ensure an heir.
Each episode will be available on-demand after the programme is shown on BBC One and will be available in Ultra HD. It marks the latest instalment of the BBC’s ongoing 4K trials, following Blue Planet II, the FIFA World Cup and the Wimbledon Championships. Once again, the BBC’s Ultra HD coverage will include a wide range of colours courtesy of High Dynamic Range (HDR), giving audiences some of the highest quality Ultra HD available.
This gives Dynasties an extra layer of realism and detail, perfect for following the lives of the chimpanzee, emperor penguins, hunting dogs, lions and tigers featured in the series.
Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer, BBC, says: “Dynasties is exactly the kind of landmark BBC programme that audiences want to see in Ultra HD. We’ve been trialling Ultra HD over the past couple of years as we reinvent the BBC, and it’s clear that people enjoy the increased quality. We believe our Ultra HD coverage is some of the best around – combining the higher resolution with a wider of range of colours and HDR, which really brings our world-class programmes alive.”
Dynasties in Ultra HD will be available to UK audiences with a compatible TV and a high speed internet connection. Audiences will need an internet connection of 24MBit/s for the full 3840 pixel Ultra HD or 12MBit/s for 2560 pixel Ultra HD. Footage will be played at 25 frames per second. As a result of the BBC’s trials and ongoing work with the TV industry, over 700 different devices and platforms are now supported. You can check if you’re able to get Dynasties in Ultra HD here.