Japan targets 33-megapixel broadcast by 2015

That's 16 times the resolution of today's 1080p panels.

Crave Asia

Even before full-HD reaches mainstream, the Japanese government is already embarking on an ambitious joint project to develop the next-generation high-definition TV system. Dubbed Super Hi-Vision or 8K, this new visual technology boasts 7,680x4,320-pixel or 33-megapixel clarity. That's 16 times the resolution of today's 1080p panels and a fourfold enhancement over the latest commercial 4K displays. The latter, in fact, is barely making its presence felt in Asian cineplexes with Spiderman 3 being one of the first 4K movie releases.

Japan's communication ministry is expected to inject 300 million yen ($2.7 million) into research and development, leading up to a scheduled 8K broadcast as early as 2015, Engadget says. But the real question is whether there's a need for such resolution on our average 40- to 50-inch TVs. Perhaps everyone will have a 100-incher in their living room by then.

FormatResolutionPixel countPixel count
Standard definition720 x 480345,6000.3
High definition1,280 x 720921,6000.9
Full high definition1,920 x 1,0802,073,6002.1
4K4,096 x 2,1608,847,3608.8
8K / Super Hi-Vision 7,680 x 4,32033,177,60033.2

Pixel count at a glance

(Source: Crave Asia)

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