Planet Earth 2 is the new best reason to buy a UHD Blu-ray player

The BBC has confirmed plans to release the Planet Earth 2, the corporation’s first ever 4K series, on Ultra UD Blu-ray.

A BBC representative told us that the release was be planned “for next year” and that more details will become available in due course.

The news comes after four minutes of 4K content from the series became available on the iPlayer, for those with supported TVs and set top boxes.

Related: How to watch Planet Earth 2 in 4K HDR

The corporation also plans to roll out HDR footage “in time” but sadly the footage is currently only available for owners of specific 4K Panasonic Smart TVs right now.

The reason? BBC is using a specific type of HDR called Hybrid Log-Gamma, which has been developed by BBC R&D. Currently only a few models support this tech.

The UHD BD release will enable everyone with a 4K telly and a compatible player – such as the Xbox One S for example – to watch the already legendary baby iguana chase in 4K.

In this instance superfast broadband won’t be necessary either.

In the meantime, why not check out our guide to Ultra HD Blu-ray players and movies?

Planet Earth 2 was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 5.

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Would this release convince you to invest in an Ultra HD Blu-ray player?