ITU adopts two ultra-high def TV specs
4K and 8K both get UHDTV moniker
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has “agreed a draft new Recommendation on the technical details for ‘Ultra High Definition Television’,” but has decided that both 3840x2160 tellies, and future 7680 x4320 screens, both get the name UHDTV.
You'd think the ITU would have learned from global confusion around just what constitutes a 4G network, but the respective respective resolutions will be known as 4K and 8K respectively. And just to make sure there are more chances for confusion, the 4K standard packs a resolution of eight megapixels and the 8K version is 32 megapixels.
Christoph Dosch, Chairman of ITU's R Study Group 6 said in a statement that “This is clearly a major achievement for ITU-R Study Group 6 of which we can be proud. The Recommendation means that organizations around the world can safely begin work to make UHDTV a reality.”
It's hard to imagine tellie-makers among those “organizations” aren't slavering at the prospect of a roadmap that offers them the chance to sell two new generations of screens to Reg readers and other punters,
Perhaps that's why David Wood, Chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), which developed the draft new Recommendation, allowed himself to be quoted as saying “This is the dawn of a new age for television that will bring unprecedented levels of realism and viewer enjoyment. It’s a historic moment. Some years will pass before we see these systems in our homes, but come they will. The die is now cast, thanks to the untiring efforts of the international experts participating in WP6C.”
The recommendations must still be signed off by “Administrators”. No details of niceties like frame frequency, colour depth or sound schemes are mentioned in the statement, or offered on the ITU's website. ®
Frame frequency and so on.
Honestly, they could use this opportunity to once and for all bin the whole NTSC/PAL thing. Those standards are old hat leftovers from a bygone era.
Pick a single standard framerate, colour depth, etc and leave it at that for the whole world. There is no practical reason there needs to be local differences and any legacy content should be able to be converted to display regardless. My PC can display all kinds of formats, framerates, bit depths, etc on a progressive scan screen at 60hz refresh with on-the-fly rescaling and it looks fine.
Re: oh great
Nobody is stopping you from reading books, you grumpy old git.
Re: Already Noted
ITYM 720p, not 768p. (I know I'm being a pedant here but I hate the way those PC parameters keep creeping to places where they don't belong.)