BBC debuts 4K HDR test footage for acclaimed Planet Earth series

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If there was ever a match made in audiovisual heaven it was 4K video and Planet Earth — the BBC’s flagship nature documentary series. The two were destined for one another, and today, the UK broadcaster announced that it would be testing its first broadcast of Planet Earth II in 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) video. Viewers in the UK with compatible TVs will be able to watch a four-minute clip from the new series via the BBC’s on-demand iPlayer app.

“One of the clips is a frog on a leaf with lots of rain, and the reason this is so interesting is that the redness of the frog is a really deep Ferrari red that you would never get in broadcast television at the…

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