You might not need 8K ultra-high-resolution solutions right now, but you definitely need to start thinking about it pretty soon! 8K is coming fast down the track – it’s not quite ready for prime time just yet – but it is getting closer.
The History Behind 8K
Here’s the back story…… It all began almost 12 years ago in October 2007 when, unnoticed by many in the industry, the 8K format was standardised by SMPTE (The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers). The actual signal interface was then standardised three years later in August 2010.
In 2012, 8K was recommended as the international standard for television by ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R). Since 2012, development teams have been working tirelessly on new hardware that can make the most of the impressive 8K aspect ratio…..
In 2016, VESA released the DisplayPort 1.4 standard, which allowed for the use of 8K. In 2017, the HDMI Forum announced HDMI 2.1 with support for 8K and in May of 2018, the European satellite operator SES broadcast an 8K television signal from its satellite system for the very first time at the SES Industry Days conference in Luxembourg.
Currently the biggest limitations relate to the infrastructure needed to accommodate 8K signal paths. These signals will need a network of ultra-high-speed cables in place.
Another limitation is the availability of 8K-ready content. Generally speaking, content isn’t in short supply and the producers will soon catch up.
It’s exciting times ahead with the first 8K broadcast being planned for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The world awaits!
Benefits of 8K
The single biggest benefit of 8K is the dramatic increase in the level of detail. 8K resolution provides four times the pixels of 4K, and therefore four times the possible detail – 16 times more than 1080P FHD! Thanks quite a jump by anyone’s standards!!!
8K provides a significantly higher pixel density so viewers are able to get up close to a display without noticing any pixilation on the screen.
As with any other new technology to launch it can be a bit daunting to get your head around it and decide how you can implement it effectively.
Understanding what 8K is capable of is the first step in preparing for it. Also making sure you get the right advice on how your business can benefit will be crucial.