Super Hi-Vision 8K TV Standard Approved, Price Major Hurdle
First it was 3D TV which has had a not so impressive run in the markets so far as its acceptance by consumers goes. Name any manufacturer of a device and they had invested into 3D expecting it to hit an all time high and turn into the standard format for viewership all over the world. We are yet far away from anything of that sort happening in reality. If that was not enough to learn from so far as technology acceptance and utility goes, BBC have recently mentioned about the UN and its ITU communication standards being set at 8K standards. One must also remember that 4K is something that has not become mainstream as yet.
8K translated into pixels stand for a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels. That sort of resolution would only be required by NASA for their celestial photographic ventures. Not in television sets by any chance would that sort of resolution make any impact upon the viewer. The cost of such a television set would also be so high that no consumer would ever find it worth the spend. There is also the issue of content that could be available in such hi definition format. NHK, a Japanese broadcaster did showcase a demo of their display at the London Olympics. The footage that she showed on the 145 inch screen was taken by a Super-Hi vision camera from Panasonic of which there are just three in the world as on date.
Yet the ITU has accepted this as its standard for reasons best known to them or as they say accepted for it was unknown to them.
That 3D and large screens which are required to display hi definition or format images would be out of any individuals pocket is quite evident from the product that LG recently showcased which is a 4K capable set of 84 inch screen dimension with a price tag of $22,000. With 2012 CEDIA Expo event about to happen there are chances of such products being taken out. BBC however have mentioned that it would not be anywhere before 2025 that one can expect 8K capable TV sets to be in price range of below $10,000.
The industry went berserk over 3D with the release of the 3D Avatar by James Cameron. That deviation seems to have hit 4K is a bad way for the industry otherwise would have concentrated on 4K for the consumers and would have made its place in mainstream entertainment by now.
As of now there is not much of original 4K leave alone 8K. So there is not much sense in purchasing such costly sets only to see converted versions of normal 2D programs.
Note: Image shown above is that of a Samsung 4K 3D TV.