Virgin Media presents Eurosport Roland-Garros in 4k HDR UK broadcast first

posted on Saturday, 25th May 2019 by Steve May

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The Virgin Media V6 set top box will become the first UK TV STB platform to present an event in 4k HDR, when Eurosport’s coverage of Roland-Garros begins this Sunday (May 26). The move follows an announcement from BT Sport that it will offer 4k HDR coverage of the UEFA Champions League final, via the BT Sport app. The BBC has also been experimenting with 4k HDR trials via iPlayer.

Virgin Media will utilise HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) to broadcast all matches that feature on the renovated Phillipe Chatrier court, in 4k UHD with HDR on its V6 set top box. Viewer need only press the red button on any of the Eurosport channels to view the action in the highest picture quality available.

Today’s announcement builds on Virgin Media’s partnership with Eurosport which, last summer, enabled tennis fans to watch coverage of the French Open in 4k UHD for the first time.

To view the action in 4k UHD or HDR, customers with a V6 box will need to press the red button on their remote on either Eurosport 1HD (channel 521), Eurosport 2HD (channel 522) or Virgin TV Ultra HD (channel 205 and 999).

Eurosport’s live 4k HDR coverage will be available on each day of the two-week long tournament on all matches that appear on 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,” 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.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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