The future of TV as seen in Super Hi-Vision



Nippon Housou Kyoukai, better known as NHK, is much more than Japan’s public service broadcaster — it’s a national institution that seeks to push forward major advances in televisual technology worldwide. This month the NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories is exhibiting prototype examples of the innovations it expects to see in our living rooms in the 2020s, 30s, and beyond, ranging from impossible leaps in screen size and resolution to breathtaking breakthroughs in 3D imagery. It’s a head-spinning display of the presently unattainable that leaves us decidedly unimpressed with our own 1080p 3D sets. Read on to find out exactly how you’ll be watching TV in the future.




Wow that’s amazing hardware! :eek:

It’ll be a very long time before it’s available and affordable though.



8K should become the standard format for the late 2010s, but not even the 4K by 2K is coming anytime soon. Double the frame rates and dual terrestrial lines to transmit signals all sound good. Screen size is important, but of course it needs to vary and adapt as mass-producing 10 billion or more 8K monitors and TV’s will prove too costly especially if the consuming population replaces a unit every six month.

Though it is 16 times the resolution of the 1080p HDTV, we have had 25601600 30-inch computer monitors for long and a cheap 2012 Mac Book Pro laptop has a 28801800 15-inch display. 4320 vertical pixels are just a little more than twice as many as 1800 vertical pixels. But it’s all about broadcasting standard for national broadcasting companies which is extremely conservative (and backward however leading in available technologies.)