8K Ultra High Def TV Format Developed by Japan's NHK set to be Next Global Standard

JVC 4K Camcorder - H 2012

JVC 4K Camcorder - H 2012

Public broadcaster NHK to get international approval after public viewing demonstrations of the new format at London 2012.

TOKYO - Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) or Super Hi-Vision, an 8K system that delivers 16 times the resolution of current HD (high definition) technology, is set to be approved by the International Telecommunication Union as the next generation global television format.

NHK successfully demonstrated Super Hi-Vision in collaboration with the BBC, at public viewings during the 2012 Olympics of selected events in London, Tokyo and Washington D.C.


Developed by public broadcaster NHK at its award-winning Science & Technical Research Laboratories, along with electronics manufacturers Panasonic and Sharp, test broadcasts are scheduled to begin in Japan by 2020.


The new format can deliver images with 33 million pixels through 7,680 horizontal lines and 4,320 vertical lines, refresh rates of 120 frames per second, as well as 22.2 channel multi-dimensional sound.

With 4K televisions hitting the market, and content virtually non-existent, manufacturers will now have to begin aiming at the new 8K format, which is believed to be at the limit of what the human eye can process.

An NHK spokesperson declined to comment on the reports of approval of the new format by the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency.