TV Answer Man
What's Up With the 8K TV?
Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2013)
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Q. I've been hearing
about these new 4K TVs, but what about the 8K TV? Isn't that
coming soon? And isn't it much better than 4K? -- Yardley,
The 4K TV, which is available now
in select models at prices ranging from $1,400 to $40,000,
offers a resolution four times greater than today's current
1080p HDTVs. The resolution
is 3840 x 2160 pixels.
The 8K, which is still in the testing stage, offers a resolution
of 7680 x 4320, or 16 times the resolution of the 1080p HDTV.
Yes, that's right. 16 times.
While display experts are
divided over how much picture
improvement you can see in a 4K set, there's little doubt that
the 8K TV will pop eyes and alter minds when it finally hits the
But when will that happen?
Sharp, which has exhibited 8K prototype sets the last two years
at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is estimating it
could be four years. And if that's true, it could be at least
another two years after that before the sets become affordable
for the average person.
But the 8K TV is coming -- and its ultra-clear picture promises
to have a dramatic impact on the technology and entertainment
including yours truly, as chronicled in
this 2003 TV Week column, have noted how
High-Definition has changed how people view certain performers
and TV journalists because their facial imperfections are
visible through the crystal-clear HD lens.
Well, just think what will happen when viewers can see those
performers on a TV screen that offers a resolution...16 times
Look out, Hollywood.
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