Whether we are already there as a consumer is the question, but manufacturers and TV providers are only too happy to start the next revolution in the field of resolution. 8K Ultra HD TVs are already on sale and the first official 8K Ultra HD TV channel is about to be launched.
The Japanese NHK, a broadcaster that more often takes the lead in the field of TV innovation, starts December 1, the world’s first 8K TV channel. This channel will broadcast movies, NASA content, concerts and more in 8K Ultra HD. NHK has been working on the development of 8K since 1995, with the aim of broadcasting the 2020 Olympics in high resolution.
On the launch date, 1 December, NHK will release 8K content from NASA on TV, including images from the earth shot from the International Space Station. In addition, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will be broadcasted in a remastered 8K version. This version is made from the 70mm film, in collaboration with Warner Bros.
Now you might say that this is interesting for those with a 8K television from Samsung or Sharp, but unfortunately these devices are not compatible with the 8K/60 video format that NHK uses. These devices go up to 8K/30. In the future NHK even wants to switch to 8K/120 HDR. Incidentally, the latest 8K TVs are not even equipped with HDMI 2.1 which is also necessary for optimal transmission. So there is still a long way to go.