The future of HD broadcast technology

With the rapid rate of advances in technology, you have to wonder what comes after HD.

Well, it could be Super Hi-Vision, a potential successor currently under development in Japan.

Although the format is not expected to come to fruition until 2025, there is the growing demand for higher quality displays at increase sizes, even in the home.

That future might not be the living room though but public spaces, the board room and lecture halls.

Masuru Kanazawa, a research engineer at NHK’s Science and Technical Research Laboratory, told delegates at the BBC’s Festival of Technology that the format might not be suitable for the average viewer.

“It requires a screen size of at least 60 inches which means there are limits on the usage of the system. It will depend on the viewing situation,”

The average size of a TV in the home has increased, especially in recent years, from the 12 inches seen in the 1950s, with Panasonic recently debuting their 150″ plasma at CES in Las Vegas.

The broadcaster, NHK, is working with such manufacturers, and the technology could also be used for big screen broadcasts of concerts and sporting events.

Super Hi-Vision – or Ultra High-Definition TV as it is sometimes known – carries some impressive statistics with a screen resolution of 7680×4320 pixels, 16 times greater than current HD.

(ref. BBC)

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