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How to watch the Euro 2020 final in 4K HDR for free

After weeks of matches, multiple penalty shootouts and lots of tears, the Euro 2020 final is finally upon us. Here’s how to stream the big match in 4K in the UK.

Following on from the success of the BBC’s 4K World Cup coverage, the BBC has been showing many of its Euro 2020 matches in 4K via its excellent iPlayer streaming service.

The Euro 2020 final, which pits England against Italy at 8PM BST on Sunday July 11, will be shown in 4K HDR via the iPlayer.

Those who want to watch the final on ITV will be out of luck though as the channel does not offer 4K streaming.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting iPlayer 4K set up and ready to go for Sunday.

How to watch Euro 2020 in 4K – what do I need?

You need a 4K TV, but just having a television that supports UHD resolutions on its own isn’t enough.

You’ll also need a device that supports the iPlayer app’s “experimental” 4K feature. While almost all smart TVs have BBC iPlayer built in, not all support UHD streaming.

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The BBC has a long, expanding list of compatible TVs here, but don’t despair if yours isn’t listed: various Roku devices are listed, and plug straight into a spare HDMI port. This would be a great way of adding 4K support to iPlayer without investing in a whole new TV.

You also need an internet connection with the bandwidth to deal with a UHD stream. The BBC recommends a speed of 24MBit/s for 4K or 12MBit/s for a reduced experience. If you’re bumping up against the top of that, you may want to ensure nobody else is streaming or playing games at the same time the home nations are playing.

What about HDR?

HDR requires a TV that supports the HLG standard to bring the added advantages of brighter, punchier and more realistic colours that’s the cornerstone of HDR.

All the games BBC is showing in UHD, also benefit from HDR if you have a TV that supports it.

How to watch Euro 2020 in 4K – what isn’t supported?

There are some big omissions worth flagging at this point. Firstly, you can’t watch Euro 2020 in 4K HDR in your browser, even if you have a UHD monitor. It also doesn’t support phone apps, so no broadcasting the football to your Chromecast Ultra.

You also can’t view it on an iPad Pro 2021, even though we think the games would look excellent on that Mini LED display. The latest Apple TV is also lacking support.

iPlayer on Sky Q is “not currently supported”, which is a bit of a let-down given UHD content is one of the main benefits. You’ll be stuck with standard FHD here.

How to watch Euro 2020 in 4K

Assuming you have the compatible hardware, watching Euro 2020 in 4K is pretty straightforward. Just make sure that you’ve set it up right in the settings, first:

  1. Go to BBC iPlayer Settings
BBC iPlayer, home screen displyaing a show named This country

2. Press Settings & Help

BBC iPlayer, BBC account screen

3. Select Video Quality

BBC iPlayer, Settings & Help screen

4. Choose Best Quality

BBC iPlayer, selecting preferred video quality

Obviously there are no matches on at the moment to test this with, but a search for UHD content shows a small ‘UHD’ logo above the title when you’re watching, so you should know it’s working if you can’t eyeball it.

Picture of an island from top displayed via BBC iPlayer with its logo at top left and UHD, Attenborough's Life in Colour at bottom left

That said, if the picture quality doesn’t look as sharp as you’re expecting, iPlayer may just be compensating for a weak internet connection.

If you think things should be better, do a speed test and then see if you can speed up your internet via some simple fixes.

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If you’ve previously ticked all these options things could be a lot simpler. Just load up iPlayer when a game is on and the UHD option should be highlighted on the homepage.

If you have a telly that supports Freeview Play then you’ll be able to watch all these Euro 2020 matches for free and in one place.

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