Toshiba and NTT look to debut 8K broadcast tech at 2020 Olympics

As the rest of the world is slowly easing its way into the idea of 4K TV’s, devices, and content, Japan is already on to much bigger and better things. Toshiba and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone have both been developing technology that will push the boundaries of resolution by unleashing software that will allow smooth broadcasts of 8K-resolution video.

While each company is working independently, they are both developing software with the intention of showcasing it at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Japan is known for its technological prowess and the prestigious event will be a perfect platform to showcase its strength.

Toshiba has developed an inexpensive software that will be able to compress 8K video transmissions in real-time. This will allow broadcasters to utilize the software for live events. Since the software is inexpensive and efficient, Toshiba has plans to commercialize the software, first for 4K, then later for 8K. 

NTT has also developed software but relies on an accelerated data processing feature that speeds up delivery rates by 40%. Although the deliver rate is increased this is done without sacrificing the quality. This 40% increase in processing is accomplished by having the software process the foreground and background separately.

Source: Nikkei | Image via Wikipedia

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Movie theaters are only at 4k at this point. There is no need for 8k. Why not improve the black levels instead. That has been a big problem with digital camera and screen.

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Movie theaters are only at 4k at this point. There is no need for 8k. Why not improve the black levels instead. That has been a big problem with digital camera and screen.

I love my 4k monitor at home... I would love an 8k. Them doing this would help solve chicken/egg problem for 4k and 8k - getting content creation started.

That setup looks a bit unwieldy :p

Would be pretty cool if I could watch it on an Ultrascreen or Imax where I could appreciate that kind of resolution for what it is...

Not quite breaking news. I distinctively remember watching something on NHK (in Japan) a number of months ago that mentioned they were experimenting with 8K, and stating being ready for the 2020 Olympics being the goal.

[Edit] Here's an article from September of last year: http://www.gizmag.com/nhk-8k-shv/29076/

This is really cool. It's the idea that 8k is not intended for any tv now, but instead for future generations to appreciate the 2020 Olympics in all their glory. Why should we limit our recording simply by our output?

And with the way net neutrality is going we will be lucky if we can afford to stream anything in 1080 in 6 years... Granted this may be cable broadcasting but my point remains =).