Japan's NHK rolls out test 8K broadcasts from Rio Olympics

By Jim O'Neill on Aug 02 2016 at 8:00 AM
Japan's NHK rolls out test 8K broadcasts from Rio Olympics

Executing on a promise to have the first 8K Olympics in Tokyo’s 2020 Games, Japanese public broadcaster NHK is test broadcasting 8K ultra high-definition content from the Rio de Janeiro via satellite.

NHK started the tests Monday and is planning to broadcast music and arts shows, as well as most of this week’s schedule – including the opening ceremonies along with swimming and track and field – from Rio in 4K and 8K. Also on tap are 8K highlights from the London Olympics.

But potential viewers will be limited, since the broadcasts are only going to a few public venues in Japan. While 4K sets already are on the market – and dropping in price – the 8K version has yet to go public and is expected to be significantly more expensive (how’s $130,000 sound?). The sets deliver a massive 7,680x4,320-pixel picture, four times as much detail as a 4K set delivers and 16 times as much as HD.

While it may be a while before you can watch 8K, an increasing number of OTT platforms and satellite providers have begun to stream and broadcast 4K content.

Stay tuned.

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