BBC iPlayer first as Blue Planet II to be transmitted in Ultra HD and HDR
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The full seven-part series of Blue Planet II is to be made available on the BBC iPlayer in Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR) on compatible TVs after the final episode airs on BBC One.
The landmark documentary series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will air on 10 December, marking the first time the BBC has shown an episode or series in such high quality. Aiming to add further enhancements, the BBC says that the iPlayer will also introduce a wider range of colours to the Ultra HD and HDR version. This, it says, 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.
The BBC adds that it is using three of the latest technologies to let audiences watch the stunning footage in unprecedented quality. Wider colour gamut technology is said to offer audiences the most life-like BBC TV show ever made with the higher resolution, meaning audiences can watch scenes like the deadly Portuguese man o'war catch its prey in exceptional clarity.