BT will be broadcasting the champions league final in HDR for the first time next Saturday (1st of June) which will be ahead of the launch of £5/month 4K HDR service later this year.
Don’t expect eye-blinding colour reproduction from your 4K stream on your TV this time, because BT Sport’s HDR presentation for the UEFA Champions League Final will be limited to an HD resolution.
BT Sport’s 4K Ultra HD, non-HDR broadcast of the Champions League Final will still be available to BT Sport subscribers on BT Sport (channel 433) and Virgin TV (channel 532).
If you want to watch Tottenham v Liverpool final in HD HDR you will need a BT Sport subscription and the BT Sport app on a compatible HDR-supporting device, which includes smart Samsung TVs (2015 onwards), Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast Ultra streamers, Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles, and a few HDR smartphones and tablets. This will be the first time a live match coverage will be shown in HDR on a mobile device.
When you log into your BR SPORTS account with an HDR-capable device, you will be served with a tile on the homepage so they know the Champions League final is available for you to watch. HDR will be referred to in the ‘Player-chooser’ pop-up so customers know to watch in the standard player if they want it. The app will detect HDR compatibility and serve the appropriate stream’.
BT Sport is working on broadcasting up to 70 live events in High Dynamic Range every season, with the small-screen apps for (smartphones, tablets) which will be getting an HD HDR version while the large-screen apps on (TVs) will be getting a fully-fledged 4K HDR presentation.
With BT confirming the arrival of its £5-per-month 4K HDR service ‘ahead of the new football season’, it well could pip Sky to the post. Sky’s HDR service has been delayed from its original 2018 launch, but is expected to be coming to Sky Q this year.