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Blue Planet 2 in 4K HDR hits BBC iPlayer — here’s how you can watch

Blue Planet 2 reached a rather necessarily depressing conclusion on BBC One last night, as Sir David Attenborough and crew chronicled the devastating human impact on ocean life.

However, if you want to relive some of the season’s more enjoyable moments, you can do so in glorious 4K HDR.

The Corporation has released all seven episodes in 4K HDR via the BBC iPlayer app, but you’ll need a compatible 4K television to get on board.

Related: What is HDR TV?

As with the 4K version of Planet Earth 2, BBC is using its own Hybrid Log Gamma HDR format.

The BBC has listed all compatible sets, and if you have a 2017 model from Finlux, Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, there’s a good chance your telly supports it.

There’s also a host of 2016 and 2015 sets that can handle the format too, so check the list here. You’ll also need a pretty fast internet connection of around 25Mbps in order to keep up.

Those TVs that are supported will see a specific screen when opening the BBC iPlayer app.

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In a post on the BBC Media Centre blog, the Beeb explains its HDR format, which was invented by the BBC and Japanese broadcaster NKH.

The firm writes: “Due to the way HLG represents light, people can enjoy the most natural colours possible on their televisions at home, as if they were in the sea alongside the camera crew. It’s also is a significant step toward bringing more HDR programmes to more people, as it meets the complex needs of TV broadcasters, especially with live broadcasts.”

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