Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” will serve as a launch title this weekend on BS8K – the world’s first super high-definition 8K television channel which is being transmitted by Japanese broadcaster NHK.
NHK reportedly asked Warners to scan the original film negatives in 8K, four times the resolution of 4K and 16 times that of HD TV, for its new channel. BS8K will broadcast programmes for about twelve hours a day.
Currently very few people have the necessary television or equipment to receive the broadcasts. As well as improved picture resolution, broadcasts can include 24 channels of audio for immersive surround sound experiences. The plan is to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games using the new format.
The launch comes as Samsung and LG have announced 8K-capable television sets, but those are prohibitively expensive for widespread adoption and are still dealing with compatibility issues – namely the lack of TVs with the HDMI 2.1 standard enabled for true 8K broadcasts.
Source: BBC News