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Forget 4K, Sharp's already pushing TVs with 8K resolution

Forget 4K, Sharp's already pushing TVs with 8K resolution | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


f you aren’t ready for 4K TVs yet, you could wait a few more years for the next big thing—8K.


Rave comments were heard in front of Sharp’s latest prototype 8K display at the Ceatec electronics expo outside Tokyo this week as the company tries to spark interest in the next level of dazzling displays.


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Blackmagic's New URSA is a Serious 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic's New URSA is a Serious 4K Production Camera | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The Blackmagic URSA was designed to be the beastly cinema camera that everyone wanted the 2.5K and 4K Blackmagic cameras to be.


After rigging them out for higher end productions, the other BMCC cameras became larger than the URSA.


As a result, Blackmagic took the key wishlist items and packaged them into a full size production camera with little compromise.


Notably, the body and components are built to be upgraded.


While the URSA is currently configured with a 4K sensor capable of delivering 60fps, the rest of the camera can handle up to an 8K sensor at 30fps.


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8K Train Can't Be Stopped

8K Train Can't Be Stopped | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


While U.S. broadcasters are wrestling with how and when to utilize 4K (aka Ultra High Definition or UHDTV) in their production workflows, or if at all, the Japanese broadcast industry is determined to move to a higher resolution level, namely 8K.


That's 16 times the resolution of 1080-line HD, or 7680 × 4320 (33.1 megapixels, 12-bit processing). Uncompressed, an 8K 60fps image produces a data rate of about 24 Gbps.

Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, plans to deploy equipment that complies with the bandwidth-hungry format at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


In January of this year, NHK's science and research laboratories said it successfully transmitted 8K television signals via a single standard UHF terrestrial broadcast channel over a distance of 27 km.


The field test, conducted on Jan. 20 was performed as a follow-up to a May 2012 demonstration in which the UHD signal was sent slightly more than four km.


For all those professionals trying to decide whether now is the time to buy a 4K camera, talk and testing of 8K systems is not doing anyone any favors.


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VGTel, Inc. Prepares to Market Its Inventory of UHD Films to International Markets

VGTel, Inc. Prepares to Market Its Inventory of UHD Films to International Markets | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Back in December, VGTel entered into agreements to finance the digital scanning of a series of 15/70mm films to an 8K digital format.


In collaboration with its production and distributor partners, the films have all been scanned, downscaled to 4Kresolution and are presently being offered for 4K or ultra high definition television ("UHD TV") broadcast and theatrical distribution.


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NHK to begin ‘Super Hi-Vision’ high-definition TV broadcasting in 2016

NHK to begin ‘Super Hi-Vision’ high-definition TV broadcasting in 2016 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


NHK, Japan’s national television broadcaster, has revealed plans to begin transmissions in 2016 using the new Super Hi-Vision format, which features a resolution 16 times higher than the current HDTV standards.

Having been in development in part by NHK for the last few years, the 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels resolution was given its first trial broadcast during last summer’s London Olympics.

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4K TV comes to the Winter Olympics, but you won't be able to watch it

4K TV comes to the Winter Olympics, but you won't be able to watch it | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Over the last couple of months murmurings swirled that electronics companies and TV networks were teaming up to record and show the Sochi Olympics in 4K.

After a bit of digging, TechRadar learned that the Olympics would indeed be shot in 4K and even 8K.

However, these UHD Olympic takes won't be viewable to the general public save for those visiting NHK-sponsored public viewings in Japan.

Otherwise, most of the footage will only be shown at special press viewing parties and other private events, making Sochi's 4K a more closed-off affair than the Super Hi-Vision (SHV) cinemas hosted by the BBC for the 2012 London Games.

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8K Ultra High Definition Endoscope Offers Unprecedented Video from Inside Body

8K Ultra High Definition Endoscope Offers Unprecedented Video from Inside Body | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


High definition video endoscopes with a resolution in the range of 1080p are still relatively new to the market.


They allow for significantly improved visualization of the body’s interior, helping doctors to perform a variety of procedures with confidence and precision.


Beyond 1080p HD video is the 4k standard that’s already showing up on electronic store shelves, but soon we should see 8K video coming out, which has the resolution equivalent to 16 1080p screens


In Japan there’s already an endoscope capable of transmitting 8K video for a truly unprecendented look inside the body.


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Japan's NHK tests long-distance 8K TV broadcast signal

Japan's NHK tests long-distance 8K TV broadcast signal | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Japan’s public broadcaster has successfully broadcast long-distance digital terrestrial signals for its Super Hi-Vision 8K format, sending massive amounts of data over UHF airwaves, but despite this test it’s unclear if many Japanese will be watching 8K TV by the time Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020.


Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Science & Technology Research Laboratories conducted the test from its bureau in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, in southern Japan, and managed to send the 8K Ultra High Definition TV signal to a receiving station 27 kilometers away using a single UHF channel.


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Sharp Unveils New 8K Television Systems

Sharp Unveils New 8K Television Systems | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Every year at CES, companies are eager to push the limits to technology and have never been shy about unveiling new television products.


For those who don’t need 4K or want something bigger, well Sharp has something in store for you guys with their pair of 8K television sets.


Yup, you heard that right, according to Sharp, “4K today, 8K tomorrow.”


One of these 8K devices will be a glasses-free 3D television and was created together with Philips and Dolby to help deliver a very high-resolution glasses-free 3D viewing experience.


Given that 4K has yet to be the standard, we can only imagine the sharpness one might experience with 8K.


As we said earlier, not all these products are for sale and with Sharp’s 8K offerings, they are meant to be a “glimpse into the future”.


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Ultra HD at CES: 'The Chicken and Egg Have Left the Barn'

Ultra HD at CES: 'The Chicken and Egg Have Left the Barn' | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


This week at the International CES, there’s been plenty of comments that the “Ultra HD train has left the station,” while others warn there’s still a “chicken and egg” dilemma and success is dependent on the right combination of factors including set penetration, a delivery infrastructure and available content.

But speaking on one of several panels produced by the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society, Stephan Heimbecher, head of innovation and standards at Sky Deutschland, got a big laugh when he summed up, “The chicken and egg have left the barn.”

Andre Bontems's insight:


Very interesting article and ... here again referring to the upcoming 8K!

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Samsung Glorious 8K QUHD TV Will Show You the Meaning of Infinity

Samsung Glorious 8K QUHD TV Will Show You the Meaning of Infinity | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Samsung’s showing of a prototype of a 98-inch LED 8K television at CES.


I leaned in and tried to see the pixels on this fantasy screen and my brain lost in the detail.

My mind tried do the math of how many pixels were assembling the heads of the tiny people in the screen.


I got dizzy.


This is infinity.


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World's Smallest 8K Camera Moving Forward

World's Smallest 8K Camera Moving Forward | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

Astro Design's 8K camera is moving forward as Japan looks to broadcast in UHD 8K by 202.


Based on a design similar to the Sony F5 and F55, the camera is essentially a head, or brain, that records directly to an external recorder via an optical output with XLR connectors for audio.


The chip is huge, too, at 2.5 inches. 


The recorders are being developed in tandem and compresses at 1 over 6 to be recorded. 


It can record at 60p with plans for frame rates up to 120 fps. 


Currently, there’s only a prototype, but Astro Design is expecting the 8K camera to run about $300,000.


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For Japan, TV technology is a high priority

For Japan, TV technology is a high priority | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


While many TV makers are working on developing 4K technology, Japan is looking beyond to 8K, trying to get a lead.


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Japan aims for ubiquitous 8K in time for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Japan aims for ubiquitous 8K in time for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The government of Japan is working with cable operators, broadcasters, TV manufacturers and a number of other constituencies with the goal of establishing ubiquitous 4K services across Japan's TV industry by 2016, and broad 8K services in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.


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Japan commits to 8K/Super Hi-Vision

Japan commits to 8K/Super Hi-Vision | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


While many of the world’s leading TV companies start thinking about transmitting 4K/Ultra-HD-1 as the industry’s ‘next step’ in its evolution from black & white, to colour, to digital TV and high-definition TV, it seems the Japanese remain committed to their Super Hi-Vision/8K broadcasts.


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intoPIX Demonstrates First TICO Lightweight Compression Running on FPGA Hardware - NAB 2014

intoPIX Demonstrates First TICO  Lightweight Compression Running on FPGA Hardware - NAB 2014 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Without any usage of external memory and with an incredibly low footprint, TICO FPGA IP-cores provide a lightweight visually lossless compression up to 4:1, with a fixed latency of few pixel lines for HD, 4K or 8K.


This new advanced image and video compression algorithm is designed to efficiently and invisibly tackle important cost and bandwidth challenges faced by our industry.


NAB 2014 intoPIX Booth:  C5243

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U.S. Broadcasters Diss 4K - While Japan Sees 8K Future

U.S. Broadcasters Diss 4K - While Japan Sees 8K Future | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The march towards Ultra HD seems to be taking two paths - 4K and 8K, but with some U.S. Broadcasters expressing doubts about 4K, is Japan's 8K Super Hi-Vision initiative even viable?


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NHK tests 8K at Winter Olympics

NHK tests 8K at Winter Olympics | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has a small technical team at the Sochi Winter Olympics testing and recording events in 8K, Super Hi-Vision.


The engineers have built a special theatre in the main Olympic complex at Sochi and equipped it with a Panasonic 145” display, plus 22.2-channel surround sound.


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Sochi 2014 Winter Games to be broadcast in Super Hi-Vision for first time

Sochi 2014 Winter Games to be broadcast in Super Hi-Vision for first time | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Action from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will broadcast in Super Hi-Vision digital format for the first time, which has 16 times the resolution of HDTV with 22.2 surround sound, according to Games organisers.


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NHK Broadcasts 8K Video Over the Air

NHK Broadcasts 8K Video Over the Air | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Japan’s NHK says it has successfully transmitted 8K “Super Hi-Vision” television signals via a single standard UHF terrestrial broadcast channel over a distance of 27 km.

The field test, conducted on Jan. 20 was performed as a follow-up to a May 2012 demonstration in which the UHD signal was sent slightly more than four km.


Additional Content:


8K Passes Major Milestone in Japan
http://www.redsharknews.com/m-production/item/1438-8k-passes-major-milestone-in-japan

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Forget 4K, it's an 8K TV you Want!

Forget 4K, it's an 8K TV you Want! | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

4K has been the talk of CES and looks likely to go big in 2014, but is it needed?


Invest in 4K now and you can be sure that it'll only be a few years before a more expensive 8K set, with 8K movies, seems necessary.


Such is the rate at which formats evolve now that HD TV is pretty much still a teenager by TV standards.


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Samsung 8K Telly Is Apparently Designed Just To Depress 4K Early-Adopters

Samsung 8K Telly Is Apparently Designed Just To Depress 4K Early-Adopters | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Samsung has decided to mess with everyone still marvelling over the benefits of 4K TVs - you know, those ultra-high res displays that you've been staring at in awe for years - by producing one that's even better.


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Samsung, others demo ‘Super Hi-Vision’ 8K

Samsung, others demo ‘Super Hi-Vision’ 8K | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Just in case you think that the 4K resolution (3840*2160) is a thing to last for a long time, think again since 8K (7680*4320) technology may be approaching faster than expected.


The fact that not only Samsung, but also Sharp TVs (actually, Sharp has been demonstrating prototype 8K screens for a couple of years now to show off advantages of its IGZO display panel technology) and Philips are showcasing prototype 8K devices implies that the technology is not that far away from commercialization.


In Japan, 8K UHD TVs may become available as early as in 2016, then it will take another year or more for other markets to get their first televisions with 7680*4320 resolution.


Mass availability of 4K and then 8K TVs and displays will greatly depend on the price of UHD panels.


Once quality 4K screens hit mainstream price-points, the high-end of the market will likely move on to 8K.


Some additional Insight:

For Japan, TV technology is a high priority
http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/usatoday/article/4041099


Andre Bontems's insight:


8K is on the horizon and closing fast. It is the biggest threat to 4K!


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Sharp offers up an 85-inch 8K 3D TV... yes, 8K!

Sharp offers up an 85-inch 8K 3D TV... yes, 8K! | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Sharp has just unveiled a beautiful new high-resolution TV, that makes 4K whimper in the corner.

Sharp's new 85-inch 8K TV is 3D-capable, with the company collaborating with Philips and Dolby to offer users a "lifelike 3D picture" without the need of glasses.


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For Japan, TV technology is a high priority

For Japan, TV technology is a high priority | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


While many TV makers are working on developing 4K technology, Japan is looking beyond.


In June, more than 20 competing Japanese manufacturers and broadcasters - including Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Panasonic, NTV and the NHK - put aside their differences and joined forces in a government-backed collaborative forum called "NexTV-F."


Their goals are simple: promote the development and adoption of UHD TV, and ensure that Japan is first in the world to broadcast in 8K.


8K - known as "Super Hi-Vision" in Japan - boasts four times the resolution of 4K, and 16 times that of current full HD.


The U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) finalized the standard last year, and some in the industry have suggested it may be the highest practical resolution for consumer displays.


Andre Bontems's insight:


... Some insight on this article:

Sony’s Bread and Butter? It’s Not Electronics.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/business/global/sonys-bread-and-butter-its-not-electronics.html?_r=0



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