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BBC iPlayer will offer 4K shows before the standard terrestrial BBC channels, according to the Beeb's head of technology.

Andy King said the corporation was taking an "internet first" approach to 4K content. It's hoped this will be less difficult than broadcasting the new resolution – which is four times sharper than standard high definition – via terrestrial channels.

"What we now need to work on is how we are going to get [these shows] to the viewer," he told Advanced Television. "Obviously, as an organisation we are committed to delivery on every platform. But Digital terrestrial is going to be very difficult.

"However, we are very much strategically taking an 'internet first' approach. So we see our first offerings with UHD/HDR, and HDR is very important, to be on the iPlayer platform."

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, a technology that gives the image much more depth, making it look more lifelike.

The BBC has already filmed some content in 4K, including the upcoming 'Planet Earth II'. BT, Sky, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube all offer 4K, though it's still fairly limited.

'Planet Earth II' is set to air on November 6th, so who knows, we could have a 4K iPlayer as soon as then.

Source: Advanced Television

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