BBC films meerkats in 4K



The BBC has revealed it is filming its next major wildlife series in ultra high-definition.

The BBC has revealed it is filming its next major wildlife series in ultra high-definition.

Meerkats

The announcement comes after ultra HD, also known as 4K, stole the show at the International CES.

With resolution four times that of current HDTVs, the crop of 4K sets we saw in Vegas left us suitably weak at the knees. We were wowed by beauties from Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic and others during the CES.

And now the Beeb is filming its Survival series in 4K video, meaning it'll be capturing meerkats with four times the number of pixels as traditional HD.

Dedicated to the curious mammals and other creatures in the Kalahari and other locations, Survival will be the UK's first 4K natural history series.

Of course, those wanting to watch the show in jaw-dropping 4K will need an ultra HD TV. A number of 84-inch sets are available already, while smaller ones are expected in the summer.

Survival is being made by the BBC's Natural History Unit, and it will chart the "six ages of man seen through animal lives".

Mike Gunton, creative director of the NHU, spoke about the series being filmed in ultra HD.

He said: "There's a new reality which those images give. I think it makes the images more engaging. You feel you can almost touch them and get into the heads of the animals."

Meanwhile, the Japanese government has announced plans to broadcast ultra HD programmes from July 2014. The launch of ultra HD broadcasts in Japan had originally been planned to get under way in July 2016, however the date was brought forward by two years to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.