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October 2, 2010

BBC makes historic Super HD broadcast

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by Darren Allan

The BBC has come up with a broadcasting first, streaming Super HD footage – a technology developed by Japanese broadcaster NHK – of a Charlatans gig from the UK to fans in Japan.

The so-called Super Hi-Vision picture makes HD look like a poor cousin in comparison, coming with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 – sixteen times sharper than HD.

Of course, there’s no TV that can actually display this in its full glory which exists at the moment. The Beeb had to downscale the feed to display it in an adjacent room on a 103 inch plasma (also developed by NHK). Although the BBC reports that the Tokyo audience enjoyed it on a somewhat bigger set (streamed at 350Mbps).

The Beeb hopes that the 2012 Olympics might feature some of the events on giant public screens using Super Hi-Vision. However, Super HD won’t be a reality in terms of broadcasting in general until more like 2020, NHK reckons.

There are currently only three cameras in the world which have the custom-built lens required to be able to capture Super HD footage.

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  1. We will look back in 2020 and think how crap HD looks.

    Comment by Burner — October 3, 2010 @ 1:26 am

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