The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has agreed a new draft recommendation on the technical details for Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) standards, which will see image quality leap by a factor of four from current HD transmissions.
The recommendations by ITU-R Study Group 6 lay out the quality standards for UHDTV in two steps, with the first increasing the resolution of current HD pictures to what will be known as 4K UHDTV (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) and the second increasing picture quality to what will be known as 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels).
David Wood, Chairman of ITU-R Working Party 6C (WP 6C), commented: “This is the dawn of a new age for television that will bring unprecedented levels of realism and viewer enjoyment. It’s a historic moment. Some years will pass before we see these systems in our homes, but come they will. The die is now cast, thanks to the untiring efforts of the international experts participating in WP6C.”
Last year at the IBC 2011 trade show in Amsterdam, Japanese broadcaster NHK demonstrated its Super Hi Vision technology with a live picture feed transmitted from the BBC’s Television Centre in London, displayed in 4K resolution.