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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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Comcast to use Winter Olympics to promote 4K Ultra HD programming

Comcast to use Winter Olympics to promote 4K Ultra HD programming | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Comcast has announced that it was partnering with Samsung to deliver 4K programming through an app it will introduce this year for Samsung Ultra HD TVs.

In addition to delivering over-the-top 4K video to connected TVs, Comcast will also deploy new customer premise equipment capable of decoding 4K video that is compressed using HEVC (high efficiency video coding technology).

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Billions to watch Sochi Olympics in new Super Hi-Vision format

Billions to watch Sochi Olympics in new Super Hi-Vision format | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


For the first time in Olympic history the Games will be shot in the Super Hi Vision format which provides twice the better resolution than in movie theatres and sixteen times more pixels than current HD.


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Tokyo 2020 will be the world’s first 8K Ultra HD Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020 will be the world’s first 8K Ultra HD Olympic Games | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it



NHK is one of the world’s few broadcasters to have an NHK roadmap, and has decided to ignore the halfway-house of 4K being pushed by TV manufacturers, which will be used at next year’s FIFA World cup in Brazil.


Plans are already drawn up to develop 8K coverage across Japan via satellite, before starting terrestrial broadcasts on Japan’s equivalent of Freeview.


Other public broadcasters may follow NHK’s lead, allowing 8K technology to develop before taking the expensive step of upgrading from HD.


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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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Elemental gears for 4K Olympics and Ultra HD programming tiers

Elemental gears for 4K Olympics and Ultra HD programming tiers | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


A top executive at encoding technology vendor Elemental Technologies said he expects several broadcasters to deliver 4K Ultra HD programming from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and that multiple providers worldwide will launch 4K programming tiers in the second half of 2014.


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The Olympics of the Future

The Olympics of the Future | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The futurists envision wireless charging stations everywhere, flexible displays that will turn a variety of surfaces into information hubs and television featuring “super hi-vision” that is 16 times the level of detail of current high-definition TVs.

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Cate Briggs's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:29 PM

I think this is a good improvement. Even if people are not at the stadium, they will know how it feels to be there. Last year's Olympics were not as high death as I thought they would be, so I'm excited to see what it will be.