For some people, technology moves at a speed faster than most can catch up with. Nowhere is this truer than probably in Japan where the government and TV manufacturers are planning to launch the world’s first Ultra High Definition television broadcast by next year.
Ultra High Definition, which is also known as 4K, refers to images with four times the resolution of regular High Definition or HD. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Japanese TV manufacturers such as Sony and Panasonic went into full gear, showcasing their 4K capable television sets, some of which are being sold in the United Kingdom already. Panasonic has also revealed a 20 inch Windows 8 tablet capable of 4K displays, to be used primarily for creative work such as art and photography. But as with many advanced electronics, content that takes advantage of the devices’ capabilities is still mostly missing. Japan originally aimed for a 4K broadcast in 2016 but is moving the schedule two years ahead to July 2014. Perhaps just in time for the World Cup in Brazil.
But Japan won’t be leaving the year 2016 empty. National broadcasting company NHK has revealed that they are planning to begin transmissions in 2016 of a Super Hi-Vision format that it’s been developing for years now. Also called 8K, the format has eight times the resolution of regular HD, supporting 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels. The 2016 broadcast is once again two years ahead of the original schedule, so who knows what to expect by 2018.
[ via CNet ]