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What's Up With the 8K TV?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

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, Boston, Massachusetts.

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 marketplace.

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 industries.

Many analysts,
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 better.

Look out, Hollywood.

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