Japanese Network NHK Begins 8K Broadcasts

4K, also known as ultra-high definition, is growing more popular as a resolution when streaming videos and movie from the Internet, although it has not yet achieved much fame in the US cable industry. It’s likely that we’ll start seeing TV channels broadcast in 4K in the years to come. However, there’s also companies looking at what comes beyond 4K.

That will likely be 8K, which has a resolution of 7680×4320 pixels. This gives videos four times the resolution of 4K videos. At this resolution, it’ll be difficult for the average user to notice any difference in quality unless they have a really large screen, like a movie theater. This is partially why some of the industry has been investing in HDR and similar techniques that would give a noticeable difference to more families.

In Japan, the broadcasting company NHK has begun airing content in 8K, although it’s not clear how many users will actually be able to watch it. The company has set up public areas to view in lieu of a lack of consumer access.

They’ll be airing a mix of old and new content, both concerts and events from this year’s Olympics.

While the technology is still far away, it’s interesting to see what’s coming and what to expect. Although NHK is pioneering in this area, there will likely be a number of changes to the standard and implementation by the time this technology is ready. What do you think will be coming next in video tech? Let us know in the comments below.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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