Finally You Can Watch Blue Planet 2 in 4K UHD with HDR - Thanks To BBC iPlayer

By James O Malley on at

If you're anything like me, then every Sunday for the past six weeks, you've stared in awe at your TV screen as David Attenborough narrates some of the most extraordinary nature footage ever shot. From the disgusting, creepy starfish, to the disgusting, creepy octopuses, man alive, it turns out that nature is a horrifying cycle of death and misery for most creatures.

But at least the animals didn't die in vain: Their getting ripped apart by the teeth of larger fish looks beautiful in 1080p HD.

The only problem is that... well... is 1080p really enough? What about those of us who have TVs capable of displaying 4K Ultra-HD images, with high-dynamic range?

The exciting news then is that today the BBC has announced that following the conclusion of Blue Planet 2 on Sunday, it'll be uploading the entire series to the iPlayer, where you'll be able to stream it in 4K HDR for the first time. Brilliant! The colours will pop just like a shark chewing a clown fish.

The beeb has released these images simulating the benefits of HDR.

Interestingly, the streaming broadcasts will be using a type of HDR known as Hybrid Log-Gamma, which the BBC has developed in house, and which is designed so that broadcast signals can carry the detailed colour information.

Mostly though we're just looking forward to watching the penguins wander obliviously through a field of fighting walruses again.

Blue Planet 2 in 4K will go live following the end of next Sunday's broadcast.