First 8K TV screen to be put on sale by Sharp in October

16 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sharp’s 8K TV Will Set You Back Only $133,000.

8K, also called Super Hi-Vision, packs a resolution of 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels — equivalent to 16 times that of today’s high-definition TVs, and the picture has to be seen to be believed.

Despite a relative lack of 4K content, Sharp has introduced an 8K, 85-inch monster that will cost around $133,000 when it goes on sale at the end of October. While it’s being positioned as a monitor for businesses and professionals — it’s being sold through Sharp’s B-to-B sales channel — the fact that the LV-85001 has a tuner technically makes it the first production-level 8K TV ever. Work on the format can be traced back to as early as 1995—several years after regular HD broadcasting began in Japan but long before most homes had HD TV sets. Of course, if you don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars and plain-old Ultra-HD is fine with you, you can check out the Sony XBR-65X950B — our current pick for the best 4K TV on the market — for a modest $5,500.

To realize 8K, every element of the production chain has had to be developed, from the cameras that shoot images to studio equipment that has to deal with the massive bandwidth required by uncompressed 8K video to transmission systems and, finally, TV sets.

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