BT announces Europe’s first 4K channel and UHD YouView box

BT has announced it will be bring Europe’s first 4K channel to UK TV screens this year.

Dedicated to BT’s sports coverage, the 4K channel will be called BT Sport Ultra HD and will roll out in time for the new season..

The telecom giant’s programming is set to make the channel the home of European football, and will broadcast UEFA Champions League games.

Also on the menu is the Barclays Premier League, the FA Cup, and Aviva Premiership Rugby, all offered up in 4K resolution.

BT’s first UHD broadcast will be The Community Shield; that’s the charity match between the Premier League and FA Cup winners. It’s set to go live on tele on August 2, 2015.

This is a new chapter for European football on TV,” explained John Petter, BT’s chief executive of Consumer. “BT Sport will show hundreds of live matches throughout the tournament using the very latest technology.”

He continued: “Our presenters and experts will also provide the smartest insight and analysis.

These UEFA Champions League presenters include Gary Lineker, Jake Humphrey, and Rio Ferdinand.

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Of course, standard set top boxes won’t be able to handle the newly high-resolution content.

That’s why BT has also announced a new BT TV Ultra HD box that will power the 4K channel.

BT is describing the kit as its “best ever” Youview+ box, promising 250 HD hours of storage on the built-in 1TB hard drive. Of course, you’ll need a 4K TV to watch UHD content.

Unfortunately, a standard 4K TV still might not be enough. Yesterday, Sky’s chief engineer revealed many UHD TVs would not be able to handle 4K sports content.

That’s because many 4K TVs are only powerful enough to transmit UHD content at 25fps, while sports content needs to be broadcast at much higher frame rates – possibly up to 100fps.

It’s not clear which TV sets will be compatible with BT’s new 4K channel just yet.