Today the BBC announced that they have kicked off the first ever consumer trial for streaming 4K video content, allowing users to watch a four-minute clip of Planet Earth 2 in 4K UHD on the BBC iPlayer service.

It is just four-minutes long, however, it is more of a research and development test for the platform, rather than bringing you 4K content.

It will also use the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) picture technology, which is similar to HDR, but provides more contrast on compatible televisions.

The trials kicked off today and it will run until early 2017, during which time anyone who has a compatible Smart TV that can playback HLG will get a notification to try it out.

Here’s the list of compatible TVs:

  • Panasonic CX680 Series
  • Panasonic CX700 series
  • Panasonic CR730 series
  • Panasonic CX800 series
  • Panasonic CR852 series
  • Panasonic CZ950 Series
  • Panasonic DX902 Series (Screen Sizes: 65, 58,50)
  • Panasonic DR852 series (Screen Sizes: 65, 55)
  • Panasonic DX802 series (Screen Sizes: 58, 50)
  • Panasonic DX750 series (Screen Sizes: 65, 58, 50)
  • Panasonic Dx720 series (Screen Sizes: 58, 50)
  • Panasonic DX700 Series (Screen Sizes: 58, 50)
  • Panasonic DX680 Series (Screen Sizes: 55, 49, 40)
  • Panasonic DX650 series (Screen Sizes: 55, 49, 40)

It will be interesting to see how long it will be until the release of 4K streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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