Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Wedding Getting a 4K UHD Broadcast
Stephan Jukic – May 4, 2018
For those of you who might care about seeing celebrity faces in the clearest possible light, it won’t get better than the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coming up in mid-May. It’s happening on the 19th of the month and it will be broadcast by Sky, the UK satellite content subscription services company.
This is obviously a major stroke of business fortune for Sky, since the rights to the Royal Wedding are worth a fortune in terms of viewer interest and their decision to deliver the goods in the full sharpness of 4K resolution further shows their dedication to delivering the Wedding at its best. Now whoever watches will be able to enjoy Markle’s deep, dark eyes and Harry’s steadily encroaching baldness with never before seen sharpness.
The full live 4K broadcast version of the entire Sky effort will be available to a rather limited audience of Sky Q subscribers with the Sky Q 2TB box in their homes and a Sky Q Multiscreen subscription. These are of course available only in the UK, so sorry Royal Family fans overseas. You’ll be stuck with the lower-res versions of the live wedding transmissions. Sky Q has hinted at releasing pieces of their whole live 4K broadcast to a wider overseas audience but we don’t have further details on this at the moment.
One other unique and almost creepy twist to Sky’s coverage of the wedding will be the use of special and supposedly never before used software which instantly names guests as they arrive to the wedding while also detailing their relationship to the Royal couple. These will after all mostly be celebrity attendees with a very public presence but the idea of this is a bit unsettling, and impressive considering that it will be working live, in real time.
As for HDR in the live 4K broadcast, there won’t be any. Sky Q offers a large and growing library of 4K content but its numerous live ultra HD broadcasts of sports events and now this mega wedding still lack high dynamic range mastering. The addition of HDR technology is planned for some point in 2018 though.