said by pnh102:Exactly. I wondered the same thing when HD came about. A really good double-layer DVD with anamorphic encoding still looks pretty good on a moderate (<= 42") sized TV. Why don't we work on decreasing the compression levels a bit before worrying about upping the resolution.
... the demonstration itself required the use of an Internet2 connection, and even after compression the NHK/Sharp prototype television still required 360Mbit/s to display the 8K signal.
Cable companies already compress the heck out of HD... and while I don't know if off air broadcasters do the same, there's is definitely a noticeable quality difference between the off-air signal and the cable display of the same channel.
If compression is used... what's the point?