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BBC to go 4K Ultra HD on iPlayer

Planet Earth II going HDR and object based audio also on the cards

by Mark Hodgkinson Oct 27, 2016 at 8:58 AM


  • The BBC is likely to launch its first Ultra HD content over the internet via the iPlayer, according to an interview at last week’s MIPCOM (Marché International des Programmes de Communication) trade show held in Cannes, France.
    Speaking with Advanced Television, the BBC’s Mike Gunton (Creative Director/BBC Natural History Unit) and Andy King (outgoing Head of Technology/Television Productions), stated that the Beeb was now working hard to get its Ultra HD productions out to viewers.

    King also said that high-profile shows, including the upcoming Planet Earth II series, were increasingly being given High Dynamic Range (HDR) treatment, helped along by the various standards bodies having agreed their specification for HDR.

    King said: “What we now need to work on is how we are going to get [these shows] to the viewer. Obviously, as an organisation we are committed to delivery on every platform. But Digital Terrestrial is going to be very difficult. However, we are very much strategically taking an ‘Internet first’ approach. So we see our first offerings with UHD/HDR, and HDR is very important, to be on the iPlayer platform. [We also need] to take a look at sound. We have moved to 5.1 but I’d really like to see some serious developments in Object Based Audio. As an industry we need not to forget the sound stuff!

    There are no scheduled dates, for now, but delivery over IP makes perfect sense and we can’t wait to clap eyes on Planet Earth II in HDR; the original series became one of the must-haves in the early days of HD and Blu-ray discs.

    Source: Advanced Television

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