Comcast, NBC Demonstrate Ultra HD
Which You Won't See for a Very Long Time
Comcast and NBC this week demonstrated their new Super Hi-Vision (aka Ultra-HD and 8K) technology they claim will someday offer users 16 times the resolution of today's HDTV technology. In a private demonstration to selected members of the media
, Comcast and NBC sampling of Summer Olympics coverage from the BBC that was shot with Super Hi-Vision cameras, each of which pump out video data at 48Gbit/s. Obviously it will be some time before our networks, codecs and broadcast techology can handle such bandwidth -- 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.
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As long as BBC keeps making nature documentaries, I'll keep buying higher resolution TV's.
Bob Costas is just as boring at 8K.
We don't lack in technology, we lack content and nessesary subject matter .