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BT Extends Trial of 4K HDR Video Quality for BT Sport TV App

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 (5:33 pm) - Score 3,846
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Customers of UK broadband ISP BT may be interested to know that they’ve increased the amount of devices able to harness their new UltraHD 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) video streaming quality on the BTSport TV App for mobile, tablet and large screen devices, which is a service feature that has been in trial since early 2019.

The trial announcement confirms that BT will introduce 4K HDR content to the aforementioned BTSport App “later this summer” as expected, which should significantly improve the picture quality; not that you’ll notice much of a difference when using a smaller mobile display.

The operator said that as part of this extended trial they would also be testing the airplay and casting ability via Apple TV and Chromecast to “ensure the experience is seamless.” The 4K HDR service is expected to cost £5 per month.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar spurple

    HDR: also known as “set TV backlight to 100% and move on”, only £5 extra per month. Not for me.

    I’d rather have higher framerates and bitrates for the games please, if you’re listening, BT.

    • Avatar Breed

      I think you’re doing HDR a disservice…

      Where a TV whose peak brightness at 100% is over 3x that of a normal TV. You’re also forgetting 10-bit colour.

      Having owned an HDR TV for 7 months now, I hate going back to SDR after bingeing HDR shows on Netflix. It looks dull and washed out in comparison.

    • Avatar Phil

      HDR looks fantastic on Prime, yes initially I think some of the early footage and clips were a bit in your face to show it off, and we have turned the brightness down on our TV for HDR content as you can get be a bit blinded, but then we’ve turned down the brightness on normal TV anyway as it’s always far too bright out the box where it’s set to “buy me” settings. Also it’s important to set the TV into it’s “movie” mode or equivalent which is closer to being calibrated correctly, rather than the typical “Dynamic” setting they default to.

      But UHD done right is 10bit at 60fps and looks wonderful.

    • Avatar Spurple

      Since I’m not willing to shell out for a UHD Bluray player, all my HDr content comes from online sources, primarily netflix and occasionally Amazon. I find it underwhelming. It could well be that my TV is to blame. It’s a mid-range Sony from 2017.

      BT Sport though, I think could use higher framerates because I find watching the app streams to be worse than watching it over Sky TV. I think they stream at 6mbps (not sure), which may be too low for high action sports like football.

  2. Avatar Brandon

    I didn’t even know that BT had a new logo.

  3. Avatar Brandon

    I wonder if BT Sport had a new logo.

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