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BBC UHD trial now available on SkyQ

Users of Sky's premium TV service SkyQ are able to take part in the BBC's trial of Ultra HD on the BBC iPlayer.

Earlier this month, the BBC launched a short clip of Planet Earth II in Ultra HD, in a move that is expected to lead to the eventual launch of a regular UHD service via the BBC's on-demand service.

Now SkyQ has been added to the list of devices that will support the trial, with SkyQ users in the UK with UHD/4K TVs now able to enjoy the short UHD clip in time for the holiday season.

Apart from SkyQ, a selection of recent large screen Panasonic TVs with Freeview Play and UHD support are part of the trial, which also offers a test of Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) / High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture technology. Although not yet on the BBC list of compatible devices, the Virgin V6 TiVo reportedly also supports the trial.

Planet Earth II was named last week as the most requested programme on the iPlayer this year.

At present, the BBC expects its future UHD content to be delivered online, owing to insufficient bandwidth on traditional TV platforms. On traditional platforms, a transition from SD to HD TV is a more pressing need for the BBC.

  • Article updated 19/12/2016, after the trial went live on SkyQ