Japan to Broadcast 8K Resolution footage for Rio Olympics
Its a drastic change in a technology that a decade or two, we have progressed from High-definition resolution to 4K and now, to 8K. Japan's public broadcaster NHK has begun broadcasting In its 'Super Hi-Vision' test channel, that was launched on August 1, will broadcast content in 4k and 8k resolution. The channel broadcasts from 10 am-5pm. But since almost no one has even 4K viewing equipment at home, the Japanese broadcaster has installed viewing stations around the country for public viewing in Tokyo & Osaka.
8k resolution is four times as sharp as 4k and a massive 16 times as sharp as 1080p. 8K is the latest highest UHD resolution in digital television. It is slated to become the new standard in TVs by 2017, replacing the 1080p Full HD which is the current mainstream.
The 8K content being broadcasted are J-pop concerts, highlights from the 2012 Olympic Games, A footage of Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa in a Beethoven concert.Is there any need of broadcasting in 8K when 4K hasn't diffused into the mainstream completely, yet?
That's because the NHK has a tradition of pioneering new viewing formats. Back in the 80s, the NHK started broadcasting in HD, almost two decades before HD televisions became common.