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Live Ultra HD HDR television might be closer than you think

The next generation of television is already making its way to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, but traditional broadcast television has so far been left out in the cold. 

We recently took an in-depth look at the challenges facing the BBC in bringing HDR to broadcast television, but at least one of those challenges has just been overcome with the publication of a new Ultra HD DVB standard. 

As well as Ultra HD support, the new specification also includes support for HDR, ‘Higher Frame Rates’ (meaning framerates beyond 50/60Hz) and ‘Next Generation Audio’ which supports object- or scene-based audio. 

DVB what?

DVB, or Digital Video Broadcasting, defines a set of open standards which are used across the world to deliver digital television. 

Although the publication of this standard is a big step forward, we’ll need to wait for hardware manufacturers to integrate the technology into their receivers and for broadcasters to start broadcasting to actually be able to see the technology in the flesh. 

However, according to the DVB’s official press release, this could happen as soon as next year. 

  • Confused about all these new standards? Check out our guides to 4K and HDR.
Jon Porter

Jon Porter is the ex-AV Editor for TechRadar. He wrote for magazine and websites such as The Verge, Practical Photoshop, TrustedReviews, Inside Higher Ed, Al Bawaba, Gizmodo UK, Genetic Literacy Project, Via Satellite, Real Homes, Plant Services Magazine