Ultra-High Definition Television Coming as Early as 2017

Posted Tue Nov 3, 2009 at 03:00 PM PST by Mike Attebery

In-Stat, a market research company that specializes in electronics, reports that Ultra-High Definition television could start broadcasting in as few as eight years.

Back when television debuted for the home, many saw it as the death of the cinema, so theaters responded with a variety of tactics including new wide screen formats. Now with 16:9 high definition displays in homes, theater owners are stepping up their game by adding 2K and 4K projectors. In-Stat says television will be striking back with Ultra-High Definition programming in the next decade.

Featuring a resolution of up to sixteen times that of current high def standards, and twenty two channel audio, UHD is the next step forward for television. UHD, like HD, will come in two different resolutions. The lower resolution of 4K – 3840 x 2160 – is four times that of 1080p, while 8K – 7680 x 4320 – offers sixteen times the resolution.

While the projected date for five percent household penetration in Europe is as far off as 2021, In-Stat expects Ultra-High Definition television to be offered much sooner than that. They suggest that after consumers experience digital cinema for themselves, they’ll want it in their home and “ultimately, broadcasters will start offering UHD content to an addressable market of UHDTVs, between 2017 and 2022.”

Source: Broadcast Newsroom

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