Sharp’s new TV has over 7000 pixels – but there’s nothing to watch

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sharp has announced it will begin limited sales of its 8K television at the end of next month.

Boasting a screen resolution of 7680 pixels by 4320 pixels, 8K is so detailed it surpasses the quality of most cinema screens and can also make images appear 3D. Despite being commercially available from October 30, it is unlikely the general public will be racing out purchase the 85-inch devices as they will retail for $AU186,000. Tech consultant Chris Green said he believed the televisions would be limited to professionals looking to test the broadcast capabilities of the format. “8K screens could offer a very interesting video alternative to today’s shop window and billboard displays — which show static advertising — because their extreme clarity means they can show lots of text and would be as readable as a poster.” As it currently stands, broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming services are only just managing to offer small amounts of 4K content, so it would seem as if 8K is a while off yet.

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. And even if there was content available in 8K, viewers would need to have four HDMI inputs coming from the media server just to use its full capabilities.

According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, local television network NHK has already received orders for dozens of monitors from Sharp so they can prepare for broadcasting to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the format. 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.

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.

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