Blue Planet II goes 4K on Sunday – here’s how you can watch it

BLUE Planet II may be coming to an finish this Sunday, but you’ll be means to revisit the whole of Sir David Attenborough’s underwater wildlife series in 4K HDR on iPlayer after the last part airs.

While streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have whole catalogues of 4K calm online, this is the first time the Beeb has expelled a whole series on iPlayer in the softened resolution.

Blue Planets overwhelming footage will demeanour even better in 4K HDR

Blue Planet’s overwhelming footage will demeanour even better in 4K HDR

It ran a 4K hearing on iPlayer last year with a brief clip of Planet Earth 2, but only expelled the series in full on 4K Blu-ray.

4K, or UHD (ultra high definition), calm has 4 times the series of pixels of Full HD, which results in a crook and some-more minute picture.

This is complemented by HDR (high energetic range), which gives the shadows and highlights of an design some-more definition, and colours some-more operation and punch.

This should make for an altogether some-more distinguished and picturesque picture. But be discerning – as with many BBC programmes, it’ll only be accessible for 30 days after promote (until 16 Jan 2018).

All 7 episodes will be accessible on iPlayer until 16 January

All 7 episodes will be accessible on iPlayer until 16 January

How do you watch Blue Planet II in 4K?

To watch Blue Planet II in 4K on iPlayer, you will need a concordant TV and a quick internet tie – 4K playback can use up to 23Mb/s of information (compared to up to 5Mb/s for HD). If you can hardwire your TV to your router, you’ll get the best, many fast connection.

iPlayer uses a chronicle of HDR called Hybrid Log Gamma. Most 2017 4K TVs from the likes of LG, Panasonic, Sony,  Samsung, Philips and Hisense support it, and even some sets from 2016 and 2015 do too.

You can perspective the full list of concordant sets on the BBC’s website.



If you entrance iPlayer by your smart TV complement and name Blue Planet II, it will automatically set the fortitude to 4K UHD.

However, if you go by Sky Q, you’ll need to manually name the UHD option within iPlayer to entrance the episodes.

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