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Seven Worlds, One Planet in UHD HDR

October 25, 2019

By Colin Mann

UK viewers will be able to experience the BBC’s latest landmark natural history series Seven Worlds, One Planet in Ultra High Definition (UHD) and High Dynamic Range on BBC iPlayer, both live and on-demand.

Beginning this Sunday October 27th in Antarctica, the series will explore the stories of each of Earth’s seven spectacular continents and how they shape the extraordinary animal behaviour and biodiversity we see today.

The HDR format used by the BBC, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) was invented by BBC Research and Development in partnership with Japanese broadcaster NHK. HLG gives viewers brighter lights and deeper blacks as well as a Wide Colour Gamut (WGC) to give viewers some of the highest-quality Ultra HD available.

This UHD trial follows on from previous initiatives that have included live sports events such as Wimbledon, the FA Cup Final and the 2018 Men’s World Cup, as well as other landmark natural history programmes such as Dynasties, and Blue Planet II.

Seven Worlds, One Planet, will mark the first time audiences will be able to watch one of the BBC’s landmark natural history programmes in UHD live, as-it’s-broadcast. Viewers watching on compatible TVs will see an on-screen prompt, letting them know that they can watch live in UHD.

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