What is Ultra High Definition Television?

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Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) is a new digital format that has been developed by the Science & Technology Research Laboratories.  It is a very high resolution digital format which contains 16 times the number of pixels of the currently popular high definition televisions.

Ultra High Definition Television is also known as UHDTV, 4320p or 8k.  The format is still highly experimental but it is widely believed that mainstream consumers will be using televisions incorporating this technology within a decade.

NHK researchers have been designing UHDTV cameras which capture large volumes of information used by UHDTV since 2003.  NHK have refined their camera designs every year since then.

In 2008, Aptina Imaging announced the introduction of a new CMOS Image sensor specifically designed for the NHK UHDTV project.  In the same year a number of companies working together demonstrated a live transmission of UHDTV.

Japan’s NHK, Italy’s RAI, BSkyB, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic Corporation, Sharp Corporation, and Toshiba have all gotten behind UHDTV technology and claim it is the television technology of the future.

On May 19, 2011, SHARP demonstrated a direct-view 85″ LCD display capable of 7680 x 4320 pixels at 10 bpp.

The final goal is for UHDTV to be available in domestic homes, though the timeframe for this happening varies between 2016 to 2020 (mainly based on technical reasons concerning storage and broadcast distribution of content).

The BBC intends to trial UHDTV during the 2012 Summer Olympics, erecting 15 m display screens at two or three locations!

Watch this short video further explaining Ultra High Definition Television: