Is 8K Gaining Traction?

TOKYO--Japanese public broadcaster NHK has announced that it will begin broadcasting a new 8K channel via satellite by December. The network announced earlier this year that it had intended to do so in advance of its plans to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics in the high res format. This follows speculation that Samsung will debut its first 8K consumer TV set at IFA later this month.

NHK is dubbing the format—which delivers 7680x4320 pixels with 22.2-channel audio—“BS8K,” a version of what it used to call “Super High Vision” which it had demonstrated at industry trade shows for the past decade. The network covered the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games in 8K earlier this year and plans on providing approximately 12 hours of 8K content per day, according to RedShark News.

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Meanwhile, speculation is that Samsung plans to unveil its first 8K QLED consumer set at the German consumer electronics trade show IFA according to Tech Radar which added that the company had announced earlier this year that it had plans to launch 8K sets in 65-, 72- and 82-inch sizes. At the International CES earlier this year, Samsung demo-ed an 85-inch 8K set that uses artificial intelligence to deliver the high resolution format. 

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (, the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.