Spectacular 8K TV’s Tipped For Late 2017 Launch In OZ
I first saw one of these TV’s at CES last year and it was seriously impressive.
8K technology was primarily developed by Japanese developers and NHK’s Super Hi-Vision system is already being tested at major sporting events such as the Soccer World Cup and the upcoming Rugby World Cup in the UK.
The 2014 with World Cup matches were beamed to sites in Japan and Brazil in 8K.
8K content was also shot during the 2015 Women’s World Cup with some observers claiming that organisations like Fox Sports could get a major lift in subscribers if they invest in 8K technology.
8K is 16 times sharper than current HDTV’s, the level of detail is beyond anything I have ever seen on a display screen.
Where 8K seriously steps over the line is in the delivery of high quality sound.
8K audio leave 5.1 channel sound for dead.
Super Hi-Vision delivers 22.2-multi channel sound. If you were watching cricket the crack of the bat, the ball hitting leather, anything properly miked on the field reaches through the set and grabs you.
The same applies to Rugby where you hear every grunt and thud, Ouch!
8K could also lead to the advent of 22 speaker sound bars for the home.
NHK does say it is “researching and developing ways for people to enjoy the 22.2-multichannel sound experience in limited audio environments, such as those with fewer speakers.”
TV tech expert George Winslow, pointed out recently that research shows just how far poor 1080p current programming labelled as “HD” often falls short when it comes to delivering a truly good vision experience.
In Australia we have an even bigger problems with TV Networks such as Ten, Nine and Seven refusing to buy spectrum that allows them to deliver 1080p content to air.
Games such as State Of Origin which are shot in 1080p are put to air at 720 resulting in viewers having to watch games that look substandard when compared to the 1080p going to air on a Foxtel Channel.
Right now 4K sales are starting to grow in Australia with GFK reporting a significant increase in sales over 2014.
CEA projects unit shipments of 4K UHD displays to hit 4.4 million in 2015, a 210% increase from ’14, with revenue more than doubling, to $5.3 billion. Not chicken scratch, but far from revolutionary.”
At IFA 2014 in Berlin last year LG unveiled a 98-inch 8K TV (7680 x 4320 pixels) boasting 16 times the resolution of a normal 1080p HD television and four times that of the latest 4K sets that few people own yet.
Right now LG is pushing the edge of the tech envelope in preparation of unleashing 8K televisions on the masses in the not-too-distant future. They were recently the first Company to deliver a curved OLED 65″ TV in Australia.
The level of detail this TV was producing is hard to overstate. Pixels were all but invisible from as close at 15 centimetres and completely invisible from 182 centimetres. The result is a picture that comes as close to reality as we’ve ever seen, due in no small part to the sense of depth that is created by the intense resolution.
LG is tipped to be one of the first to deliver an 8K TV despite the market not being ready for 8K television, and neither is the film or broadcast industry.
According to Advanced Television, Japan will begin 4K satellite broadcast tests in earnest in 2016, right around the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. By 2018, 6 broadcasters in total are expected to be broadcasting a dedicated 4K channel.
NHK already has an 8K camera in action, and rumor has it the company has been busy recording 8K footage. Sony and Red Digital Cinema Cameras are also rumored to be working 8K sensors and cameras. For now, the real advantage to filming in 8K is sharper, richer 4K images. But with 8K cameras on the horizon, 8K televisions can’t be far behind, and LG’s latest bombshell is evidence of that.