Super Hi-Vision 8K TV standard approved by UN agency

So just as everyone has finally gotten everything upgraded to HD, the new kid appears on the block.

Today, the new format which has been called Super Hi-Vision was approved by the UN’s communication standards setting agency.

This format is 8k, which has a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels, which is roughly 32 megapixels – and if that was not enough it is captured at 120fps (frames per second) – BBC only currently broadcast HD at 25fps.

A Japanese broadcaster had been showing off the technology in London during the Olympics, where audiences said it gave them a sense of being at the events. To display the gigantic image they used a 145 inch prototype display, which had been co-developed alongside Panasonic.

“The experience of viewing and listening to live sports and entertainment coverage is dramatically enhanced by Super Hi-Vision, and Ovum envisages it representing the logical next step in TV transmission technology, following on from regular HD,” wrote the consultancies analyst Jonathan Doran in a report.

So when will we be seeing this sort of technology emerging into our lives? Well, a while yet however, LG have recently announced that they have created the largest 4k display, costing $22,000 (around £14,000).

The Japanese broadcaster is aiming towards it’s first experimental broadcasts to be in 2020.

Other uses for this technology apart from TV could be photographers, who are already taking photographs at these resolutions but as yet there is no way to display them in their full glory.

What are your thoughts on this, do you think that it will be a while yet before consumers are really wanting to try this out? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jordan Cook

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  1. John Chorley says:

    Oh o…. Thats sony’s PS4 plans out the window. They were going to make a console that could output a 4k resolution.

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