Virgin Media will broadcast The French Open in 4K HDR UK first

Customers of Virgin Media’s V6 set-top box can now watch this year’s French Open tennis tournament in 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range) on Eurosport. Virgin will be the first UK brand to broadcast its tennis series in 4K HDR.

It will be available on Eurosport channel, by pressing the red button on the remote control when watching Eurosport 1HD (channel 521), Eurosport 2HD (channel 522) or Virgin TV Ultra HD (channel 205 and 999), and now viewers will then be switched to the 4K HDR broadcast of the event, and you must have the V6 cable box and a 4K/HDR-compatible TV. 

Hybrid Log Gamma(HLG) technology is being used by Virgin for the broadcast, so you need 4K TV that will be compatible with that HDR format to get the full benefit.
Regular 4K viewing of the broadcasts is also available.

Eurosport’s live 4K HDR coverage will be available for streaming each day for two-week on the Phillipe Chatrier court.

“We are upping our game once more this summer by broadcasting one of the most prestigious tennis competitions in the highest picture quality currently available,” says David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media. “Our customers will be able to get even closer to the action with HDR technology on our V6 box bringing the action right into the homes of our customers.”

A year ago Virgin Media and Sky Q broadcast the French Open in 4K UHD (without HDR) for the first time. The BBC also has 4K HDR broadcasts on iPlayer, including this year’s FA Cup final.

BT who announced recently that it will be broadcasting the Champions League Final in HDR, with Sky Q HDR to come later in the year. It was initially due to arrive in late 2018, but has been put back to later this year.

French broadcaster PSB France Télévisions is testing out 8K broadcasts of the Roland Garros tournament.

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