BBC iPlayer to show Blue Planet II in UHD




UPDATE | Blue Planet II is to be made available in Ultra HD from Sunday via the iPlayer.

It is the first time an entire programme, let alone a full series is to be made available in UHD by the BBC to viewers in this manner.

This is part of a trial helping the BBC refine how it makes, produces and distributes the next generation of high quality TV programmes.

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 Blue Planet II to life like never before.

Glossary
  • Ultra HD programmes take advantage of higher resolution TVs so that audiences can watch scenes like the deadly Portuguese man o'war catch its prey in exceptional clarity
  • HDR - High Dynamic Range - takes this further with greater detail in the shadows and dark areas of the picture, as well as more natural and brighter highlights and mirror-like reflections
  • Wider range of colours are possible by making the most of a Wider Colour Gamut technology, meaning audiences can enjoy the most lifelike BBC TV show ever made
  • 23Mbps  The broadband speed needed to get the most out of Blue Planet II in UHD. Users on less may still benefit from improved quality.

Compatible devices connected to a fast broadband connection will be able to access Blue Planet II UHD on the iPlayer following the linear broadcast of the final episode on Sunday 10th December on BBC One.

Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer, BBC Design & Engineering, said:
“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.”

BBC LIST OF COMPATIBLE DEVICES:
Manufacturer
Year
Model
Hisense
2017
H43N5700UK
Hisense
2017
H45N5750UK
Hisense
2017
H49N5700UK
Hisense
2017
H50N5900UK
Hisense
2017
H50N6800UK
Hisense
2017
H55N5700UK
Hisense
2017
H55N6800UK
Hisense
2017
H55NU8700UK
Hisense
2017
H60N5700UK
Hisense
2017
H65N5750UK
Hisense
2017
H65N6800UK
Hisense
2017
H65NU8700UK
Hisense
2017
H70NU9700UK
Hisense
2017
H75N6800UK
Hisense
2017
HE43N3500UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE45M5020UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE49N3500UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE50M5010UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE50M6000UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE55M6000UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE55N3500UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE55N8700UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE60N3500UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE65M5020UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE65M6000UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE65N8700UWTS
Hisense
2017
HE70M9710UWTSG
Hisense
2017
HE75M6000UWTSG
LG
2016
40UH630V
LG
2016
43UH610V
LG
2016
43UH620V
LG
2016
43UH650V
LG
2016
43UH664V
LG
2016
43UH668V
LG
2016
43UH750V
LG
2016
43UW950H
LG
2016
49UH610V
LG
2016
49UH650V
LG
2016
49UH664V
LG
2016
49UH668V
LG
2016
49UH750V
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2016
49UH770V
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2016
49UH850V
LG
2016
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LG
2016
49UW961H
LG
2016
50UH630V
LG
2016
55EW961H
LG
2016
55OLEDB6
LG
2016
55OLEDC6
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2016
55OLEDE6
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2016
55UH615V
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2016
55UH650V
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2016
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2016
55UH770V
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2016
55UH790V
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2016
55UH850V
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2016
55UH950V
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2016
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2016
55UW961H
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2016
58UH630V
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2016
60UH615V
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2016
60UH770V
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60UH850V
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2016
65EW961H
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2016
65OLEDB6
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2016
65OLEDC6
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2016
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2016
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2016
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2017
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43UJ701V
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43UJ750V.AEK
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2017
49SJ800V.AEK
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2017
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49SJ810V.AEK
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2017
49SJ810V.AEK
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49UJ630V
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49UJ634V
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49UJ651V
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49UJ670V
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2017
49UJ701V
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2017
49UJ750V.AEK
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2017
49UJ750V.AEK
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2017
55SJ800V.AEK
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2017
55SJ800V.AEK
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2017
55SJ810V.AEK
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2017
55SJ810V.AEK
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2017
55SJ850V.AEK
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2017
55SJ850V.AEK
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2017
55SJ950V.AEK
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2017
55SJ950V.AEK
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55UJ630V
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2017
55UJ634V
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55UJ635V
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55UJ651V
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55UJ670V
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55UJ701V
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55UJ750V.AEK
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55UJ750V.AEK
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2017
60SJ810V.AEK
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2017
60SJ810V.AEK
LG
2017
60SJ850V.AEK
LG
2017
60SJ850V.AEK
LG
2017
60UJ630V
LG
2017
60UJ634V
LG
2017
60UJ651V
LG
2017
60UJ750V.AEK
LG
2017
60UJ750V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ800V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ800V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ810V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ810V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ850V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ850V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ950V.AEK
LG
2017
65SJ950V.AEK
LG
2017
65UJ630V
LG
2017
65UJ634V
LG
2017
65UJ651V
LG
2017
65UJ670V
LG
2017
65UJ701V
LG
2017
65UJ750V.AEK
LG
2017
65UJ750V.AEK
LG
2017
75SJ955V.AEK
LG
2017
75SJ955V.AEK
LG
2017
75UJ675V
LG
2017
86SJ957V.AEK
LG
2017
86SJ957V.AEK
LG
2017
OLED55B7V.AEK
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2017
OLED55B7V.AEK
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2017
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LG
2017
OLED55C7V.AEK
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2017
OLED55E7N.AEK
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2017
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2017
OLED65B7V.AEK
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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LG
2017
OLED77G7V.AEK
LG
2017
OLED77W7V.AEK
LG
2017
OLED77W7V.AEK
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2015
40CX680B
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2015
40CX700B
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50CX680B
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2015
50CX700B
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2015
50CX802B
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2015
55CR730B
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2015
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2015
58CX700B
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2015
65CR730B
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2015
65CX700B
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2015
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2015
TX-65CR852B
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2016
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2016
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2016
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2016
TX-65DX902B
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2017
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2017
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2017
55PUT6262/05
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2017
55PUT6262/12
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55PUT6262/12
Philips
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65POS9602/12
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65PUS6162/05
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2017
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Philips
2017
65PUS6262/12
Philips
2017
65PUS6412/12
Philips
2017
65PUS7502/12
Philips
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65PUS8102/12
Philips
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65PUS8602/12
Philips
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65PUT6162/05
Philips
2017
65PUT6162/05
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65PUT6162/12
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65PUT6162/12
Philips
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65PUT6262/05
Philips
2017
65PUT6262/05
Philips
2017
65PUT6262/12
Philips
2017
65PUT6262/12
Roku
2017
3810EU
Samsung
2017
MU6000
Samsung
2017
MU6070
Samsung
2017
MU6100
Samsung
2017
MU6170
Samsung
2017
MU6200
Samsung
2017
MU6270
Samsung
2017
MU6400
Samsung
2017
MU6500
Samsung
2017
MU7000
Samsung
2017
MU8000
Samsung
2017
MU9000
Samsung
2017
Q7C
Samsung
2017
Q7F
Samsung
2017
Q8C
Samsung
2017
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Samsung
2017
Q9F
Samsung
2017
QE55Q6Fxxx
Samsung
2017
QE55Q8Fxxx
Samsung
2017
QE65Q8Fxxx
Sky

Sky Q Platform
UHD but not HDR
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7000
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7002
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7003
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7004
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7005
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7073
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7077
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7093
Sony
2017
KD-43XE7096
Sony
2017
KD-49XE7000
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
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2017
KD-55XE7002
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2017
KD-55XE7003
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2017
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2017
KD-55XE7005
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2017
KD-55XE7073
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2017
KD-55XE7077
Sony
2017
KD-55XE7093
Sony
2017
KD-55XE7096
Sony
2017
KD-65XE7002
Sony
2017
KD-65XE7003
Sony
2017
KD-65XE7004
Sony
2017
KD-65XE7005
Sony
2017
KD-65XE7005
Sony
2017
KD-65XE7093
Sony
2017
KD-65XE7096
Vestel - Finlux
2017
43-FUB-7020
Vestel - Finlux
2017
65-FUB-8020
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
43HK15T74U
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
43HL15T74U
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
50HK15T74U
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
50HL15T74U
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
55HK15T74U
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
55HL15T74U
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
65HL16T64U
Vestel - Hitachi
2017
75HL16T64U
Vestel - Laurus
2017
PH-75SMARTUHD
Vestel - Linsar
2017
43HDR510
Vestel - Linsar
2017
49HDR510
Vestel - Linsar
2017
55HDR510
Vestel - Logik
2017
L49UE17(B)
Vestel - Mitchell & Brown
2017
JB-551811FSM4K
Vestel - Mitchell & Brown
2017
JB-751811FSM4K
Vestel - Techwood
2017
43AO4USB
Vestel - Techwood
2017
43AO6USB
Vestel - Techwood
2017
49AO6USB
Vestel - Techwood
2017
55AO6USB
Vestel - Techwood
2017
65AO6USB
Vestel - Toshiba
2017
43U5863DB
Vestel - Toshiba
2017
43U6863DB
Vestel - Toshiba
2017
43V6763DB
Vestel - Toshiba
2017
49U5863DB
Vestel - Toshiba
2017
49U6863DB
Vestel - Toshiba
2017
75U6763DB
Vestel - Walker
2017
WP-4K5517(A)
Vestel - Walker
2017
WP4K7518


Further information is available on a BBC blog post by BBC R&D.

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