With technological developments, you must have heard of 8K TV. Now, you might wonder what it is and how different it is from 4K.
Here is an article to guide you through. It discusses everything you need to know about 8K TV.
What is 8K?
In simple terms, here, 8K is four times the 4K. When we talk of TV screen resolutions, it is the vertical and horizontal lines. Therefore, according to that logic, 8K is 7680×4320 pixels. Thus, 8K is 16 times the HD pixels and four times the 4K.
It is like four 4K TVs in a 4 x 4 grid. We wonder at the clarity of HD TV then, imagine the clarity if the images were 16 times sharper.
Note that 8K TV can be perfectly noticeable on larger displays, even from close quarters.
Background of 8K
It was 8K TV, which appeared at the time when 4K TV was becoming popular. It was CES 2013, which exhibited the first 8K TV with a fantastic 85-inch model.
During that time, it was a struggle on the part of the content providers, even to provide 4K content.
However, it was in 2016 that the Japanese broadcaster NHK first time transmitted 8K satellite broadcasts. It shot and broadcasted parts of the Rio Summer Olympics (2016) in 8K, later in the year.
However, no one could view it at their home, but this screen resolution was available at selected theatres.
What About The 8K Content?
There is always a question that pops up, and that is what to watch on the 8K TV? Imagine you bought an 8K TV, but what will you watch on this as there is no proper 8K content available.
But there is a catch! The 8K TVs are capable of upgrading the 4K content into 8K. You can easily experience the difference in clarity.
Samsung experimented and proved this. They kept two 8K TV side by side (85 inches). Here one displayed 4K content, and the other displayed the upscaled version of the 4K into 8K.
There was a recognizable difference in the clarity between the two. The one with upgraded content to 8K was superior.
There is an AI design in the 8K TV to upgrade the 4K content.
Therefore, it is not too far to reach 8K. We already have 8K cameras. Thus, there can be 8K contents to be broadcasted regularly.
The same happened with the 4K as well. The 8K is compatible with ATSC 3.0. However, the content creators are prone to provide 4K contents as of now.
Thus, gradually, when 8K TVs gain ground, there will be enough 8K contents.
Some Demerits of 8K TV
The broadband speeds are not able to stream 8K properly. It calls for an enormous amount of bandwidth that can burden the cable provider.
The Need For 8K TVs
You do not have proper 8K contents, and that the price is also extremely high. In such a scenario, is it really necessary to have an 8K TV?
It is maybe there are a craze and demand for larger screens. It is the resolution that limits the TV size. Moreover, pixel density is an essential factor as well.
Samsung has already introduced 85 inches 8K TV. LG introduced 88 inches 8K OLED TV. There is Sony in the queue as well with their 8K TV. Moreover, there are many more to come.
TV screens ranging from 120 – 150 inches inspire the broadcasters to capture the entire football pitch into a single frame. If you sit close to the 150 inches screen, you will feel the ambiance of watching the match from the stadium.
Thus, when you can experience such, then why not demand so.
The Ideal Size and Frame Rate for an 8K TV
For 8K TV, the minimum size would be 80 inches.
Now, coming to the frame rate (frame per second), it is critical in TV transmission technology. The more per second, the smoother the image gets.
The ideal fps for HD TV is around 24-25. Thus, it should be nearly 50-60 for 4K TV. Therefore, coming to 8K TV, it should range from 100-120 fps.
Though there is nothing internationally accepted as such but anything below 100-120 is of no use.
Is 8K TV The Future?
Whether 8K TV is going to be the future or not is still questionable. We had other technologies like curved TVs or 3D. But you can now consider these as dead technologies.
People worldwide have accepted and enjoyed the 4K. Therefore, it might be they love 8K as well. Yet, it is still questionable.
The drawbacks of the 3D technology or the curved TVs pulled them down where they are considered dead technologies.
In the case of 3D technology, it is uncomfortable for the viewers to wear special 3D glasses to watch. Also, the problem with glasses breaking and losing was another drawback.
In the case of the curved TVs, it is difficult to watch actions from different angles. You need to sit in the center to enjoy the best view.
Thus, to sum up, we can say that till the time when the possible drawbacks of 8K are not getting eliminated. It is better not to invest. Wait till the drawbacks vanish to some extent.
We hope to guide you well. For any queries, drop them in the comment section.
Santanu Bit Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of REVIEWCIRCLES. He is Bachelor of Science has experience of 5+ years in Technology Blogging, Consumer Behaviour study and his expertise area includes Heavy To Large Appliances and Consumer Electronics.