Looking at 8K Ultra HD as the future of sports television
AwfulAnnouncing.com reports that this past weekend, Major League Baseball and Japanese TV network NHK partnered on a test of the next generation of high definition television at Yankee Stadium. It was not a logical jump to the next step of HDTV which would be 4K, but one above that, in 8K. NHK is developing 8K high definition with the hopes of having it in place for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Another factor in fast tracking 8K while 4K is just beginning to take hold with consumers is that the Japanese government is making 8K the standard for all televisions in that country by 2020.
8K ultra high definition offers 16 times the picture and clarity of 2K HD. NHK says 8K broadcasts in 33 megapixels with 22.2 multichannel sound. For the test at Yankee Stadium, NHK audio engineers placed microphones around the field allowing for better sound off an 8K monitor.