Olympics confirms VR and 8K
Advanced-Television.com some of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be covered in 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ (for Japan), and there will be 4K Ultra HD versions created for testing and comparison purposes. The 8K versions for Japan will include ‘immersive’ audio using what Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) describe as “3D 22.2 channel audio surround sound”.
Some 130 hours (out of a claimed 7,000 hours of actual TV coverage) of 8K Super Hi-Vision will be beamed from Brazil to Japan, including live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as Swimming, Judo, Athletics, Basketball and Football. In addition, an ENG camera crew will capture select sports at other venues, “including the Olympic spirit and atmosphere” for re-play later.
OBS will also capture 4K Ultra HD of the same events which will be down-converted from the 8K signals. However, it is not likely that these 4K signals will be seen by consumers during the Games. While in some cases the signals are available to the main client broadcasters of OBS, again for test and evaluation purposes, there are no plans to broadcast these signals to the public.