The world’s first 8K TV broadcasts are now live — here’s what that means for you
TechInsider.io reports that Japan’s NHK has started to broadcast TV in 8K resolution ahead of this weekend’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The public broadcasting organization is sending the extremely high-resolution video to its “Super Hi-Vision” satellite test channel, which launched on Monday and also includes 4K content.
The channel isn’t available for Japanese residents to watch at home, so NHK has set up six public viewing stations across the country for those interested in the tech. It’ll broadcast footage from Rio Olympics, highlights from the 2012 London Games, and various concerts, among other things.
NHK has been preparing this test for years. The larger hope is to implement the technology nationwide in time for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The 8K spec itself broadcasts at a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels. That’s about four times the resolution of most 4K TVs, which are still not fully ubiquitous today, and 16 times the resolution as 1080p HDTVs. The “Super Hi-Vision” format is also capable of advanced 22.2-channel audio — that’s bigger, deeper, better surround-sound audio.