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'Planet Earth II' is now available in 4K for more TV viewers. Or at least, the four-minute clip is.

The BBC recently made the 4K clip available through its iPlayer service. And it's now also available through Sky Q and the Virgin TV V6 set-top box.

Those with Sky Q should head to the iPlayer section and select 'Planet Earth II'. They'll then see an option to "Try Ultra HD". (Ultra HD, or UHD is another term for 4K, which is a resolution that's four times sharper than high definition.)

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The clip shows a jaguar stalking its prey, rain dropping on tiny animals in their habitats, and a frog in a shade of red "never before seen on a TV".

The footage isn't available in HDR (High Dynamic Range) on Sky, as Sky Q doesn't yet support the format. The Virgin TV V6 can play the footage back in HDR though, or at least a variant of it called HLR that the BBC helped develop.

HDR is a technology first used in photography. It makes for a more realistic image with far greater depth and better colours.

If you're hungry for the whole series in 4K, help is at hand. The BBC has confirmed it will release the whole of 'Planet Earth II' on 4K Blu-ray at some point "next year". Which is great news for anyone with a compatible telly.

Source: Colin Sladen on Twitter

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