BBC confirms Dynasties TV series as next 4K HDR iPlayer trial


Naturally, the BBC doesn’t want you to forget about its recent 4K HDR iPlayer trial achievements, which have so far included its Blue Planet II on-demand series and, even more impressively, its live coverage of the FIFA World Cup and the Wimbledon tennis in the summer.

The broadcaster has today announced that next up in 4K HDR on iPlayer will be another on-demand TV series: the BBC One’s upcoming Sir David Attenborough natural history programming, Dynasties, which kicks off with the first episode, Chimpanzee, on Sunday 11th November.

Each episode will be available on iPlayer after the programme is shown on the channel.

UK owners of a compatible TV or device (a 700-strong list of which can be found here) will be able to watch Dynasties in 4K, which will be played at 25 frames per second. The BBC suggests an internet connection of 24mbps is necessary for the full Ultra HD resolution (3480 pixels), however a 12mbps connection should still get you a 2560 resolution. 

In the BBC’s words, ‘Dynasties follows the true stories of five of the world’s most celebrated, yet endangered animals. This exciting series brings a bold, new level of real life drama to the natural history genre, revealing the complexities of power, rivalry and tenderness in animal relationships’.

The BBC’s chief technology and product officer Matthew Postgate said: “We’ve been trialling Ultra HD over the past couple of years as we reinvent the BBC, and it’s clear that people enjoy the increased quality. We believe our Ultra HD coverage is some of the best around – combining the higher resolution with a wider of range of colours and HDR, which really brings our world-class programmes alive.”

And how about its next live trial in 4K and HDR? The BBC hasn't revealed any future trial plans for live coverage, but we can be confident a ‘big event’ in the near future will feed the next trial. Glastonbury next year? Or the 2019 Women’s World Cup? The 2020 Summer Olympics and/or Euro 2020, perhaps? 

Our fingers remain crossed. But for now, the BBC is nicely tiding us over with a inevitably popular show that's sure to look spectacular. Ten sleeps to go...

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