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Japan targets 33-megapixel broadcast by 2015

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

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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.

Format Resolution Pixel count Pixel count
Standard definition 720 x 480 345,600 0.3
High definition 1,280 x 720 921,600 0.9
Full high definition 1,920 x 1,080 2,073,600 2.1
4K 4,096 x 2,160 8,847,360 8.8
8K / Super Hi-Vision 7,680 x 4,320 33,177,600 33.2

Pixel count at a glance

(Source: Crave Asia)