Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) is one step closer to being made when authorities reached an agreement on the technical characteristics of the new standard for the device.
The experts, including engineers and scientists, at the ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service (ITU-R Study Group 6) have announced that they have reached an agreement on most of the technical details of the new television set.
While products that use the technology will take years to be available to the public, broadcasters and other companies have been working on the technology for some time now. This represents a major leap forward in picture quality and image resolution.
Japanese broadcast network NHK has provided a demonstration of the UHDTV earlier this month. The screen displayed a massive 33 million pixels, compared to the two million pixels (max) that can be displayed by HDTV screens.
Last month, a trial UHDTV link was arranged between Amsterdam and London, and reports say that there are plans to cover the 2012 London Olympic Games in UHDTV for screening at a number of venues worldwide.
“The ‘relationship’ that a viewer has with television viewing is linked to the overall experience of the picture and quality of sound,” said David Wood, chairman of the ITU Working Party in the Broadcasting Service Study Group. “The extremely high quality of UHDTV will have a definite impact on our lifestyle and on our engagement with the programs we watch.”
An important application for the larger resolution might be glasses-free 3D viewing, which requires a large number of pixels to accommodate different angles of viewing.
Is it practical to create a new standard for televisions at this point?
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Is it just me or are the resolutions on TVs getting silly? Surely and normal viewing distances you are not really going to notice a difference compared to 1080p? I can understand if you want to get up close and personal with what is being displayed but apart from that isn't this just another way to get consumers to pay out more money.
It's similar to the digital photography world. There has been a mega pixel race for a long time and consumers have bought kit based on more being better. However, most would be hard pressed when printing something and viewing it at a normal distance to be able to tell the difference between 6mp and 20mp.
What to others think, will it really make our TV viewing pleasure much better?