Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Always look for the 'Super Hi-Vision-ready' sticker

EE Times Asia reports: [edited]

The people at the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) see their ultrahigh-resolution broadcasting, which they have labeled Super Hi-Vision, as the next generation of consumer TV.

The specs are impressive. Super Hi-Vision's resolution is 7,680 x 4,320 pixels - 16 times that of today's 1,920 x 1,080 pixel HDTV. NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, has demonstrated it at several venues over the past two years using 600 inch screens.

Based on their experience with HDTV, NHK officials said it takes about 30 years for a broadcasting system to be developed and accepted. NHK began working on HDTV in 1969, and it was the first to start HDTV broadcasting in 1989.

It took 31 years, until 2000, for NHK to start satellite digital HDTV broadcasting in Japan. Terrestrial digital TV broadcasting, in collaboration with some private TV stations, followed in 2003. And by last December, coverage of the terrestrial digital HDTV service had spread to all corners of Japan.

Based on that 30-year-cycle theory, since NHK started working on Super Hi-Vision in 1995, the technology should be ready around 2025.

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