Sharp has announced it will begin limited sales of its 8K television at the …

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sharp is selling the world’s first 8K TV for $133K.

8K, also called Super Hi-Vision, is shorthand for a resolution of 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels—16 times that of today’s high-definition televisions.Japanese electronics company Sharp is planning to release the world’s first commercially available 8K television in October and it can be yours for 16 million yen ($133,000). 8K refers to the television’s resolution, which is even sharper than 4K or ultra-high definition (ultra-HD). 8K delivers 16 times the resolution of full-HD (high definition). Falling under the catchy name ‘Full Ultra-HD’ the monitor was originally proposed at the Consumers Electronics Show 2012, and will be available for businesses to buy on October 31st in Japan.

It might not be time to ditch the 4K quite yet though, the only footage available to display in 8K is test footage shot on cameras that are yet to go on sale. The 85-inch LV-85001, as its called, boasts a crazy 7,680 x 4,320 pixel resolution, which — let’s be frank here — won’t mean much to anyone as 8K content is impossible (well, nearly) to find right now. BT Sport, a U.K. bundle of television channels, broadcast a soccer match this year in 4K and has one ultra-HD channel that shows matches occasionally. Don’t expect to buy one anytime soon, though—the first sets (model LV-85001) will be offered to TV broadcasters and video production companies beginning October 30. Well, besides bragging rights, you’ll be prepared for the future; Japanese broadcaster NHK will start testing 8K streams in 2016, and commercial availability is expected in 2018.

The extraordinary TVs are a small part of a broader push by Japanese companies to ramp up the quality of broadcast television ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. And if you want to check out Sharp’s new TV in person without coughing up all that cash, there is a way: it will be displayed at Sharp’s booth at CEATEC, a trade show at the Makuhari Messe in Japan, which starts on Oct. 7.

To realize 8K video, the entire pipeline behind it must also upgrade: the cameras that film the content, the computers that process and store the video, the transmission systems that bring it to businesses and homes. Sharp, Samsung, and LG each showed prototype 8K displays at CES in Las Vegas in January; Sharp also plans to show an 8K model at Ceatec Japan 2015, a major electronics expo, in early October. But Sharp has not announced any partners that it is working with to create 8K content, whereas both LG and Samsung have said they are talking to movie studios and streaming services to release 4K programming.

LG has struck a partnership with Amazon to allow users to stream some of the U.S. e-commerce giant’s original programs such as “Transparent” in HDR quality.

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