Is 8K the Future of TV Technology?

4K or 8K TV, what Samung, LG and others are doing?

We have all heard of 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition). But what about 8K? A recent technology exhibition in Germany saw the likes of TCL, LG and Samsung exhibit its new range of 8K TV sets. 

The event posed as a stark reminder of when the 4K launch was introduced in 2013. Back then, we were all coming to terms with the introduction of HD (High Definition) picture quality. 

Viewers of HD and those lucky enough to have HD-ready boxes were quick to remark on how the subject was exposed to us with all their wrinkles, lines and eye bags visible – despite the obvious application of studio make-up. 

Then, we are informed of a new kid on the block; one that arrives at a time when we are still getting our heads around HD TV technology – it is suddenly: bring on the 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition). 

The burning question is: Is 8K the future of TV technology? The short answer is probably yes, but certainly not yet. Should you throw out your 4K set and invest in 8K now? No way, it is way too early to do such a thing. Moreover, it is years and not months before we can start to factor in 8K as standard TV technology.

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But – you may well be asking yourself – if Samsung has exhibited its glorious 8K QLED TV technology, and announced its intention to mass market this; and if LG has already showcased the 8K OLED TV and proven its intention to drive this out and market it as the next generation of television viewing experience, then why must we be wary of calling out 8K as the new kid on the block? 

The next level of TV technology (8K) will not be introduced without some complications. And this is where it gets interesting. Because 4K has its own variety of formats, and so too will 8K. Although many of us would have been unaware of that fact. 

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But for the sake of simplicity, we will be looking at the most commonly used and marketed format of 8K – that being, 8K UHD. Incredibly, 8K UHD features a mind-blowing 33.2 million pixels. Although it might not mean a lot to some, the resolution rate is a staggering 7,680 x 4,320. To those technophiles who love a good high quality image, these figures will truly drop a few jaws out there.

The Problem with 8K and its future is obvious. Apparently, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Remember when you saw your first ever 4K UHD video or football match? You had to get up real close to the screen to feel the difference. 

Unfortunately for 8K, the same rule is going to apply. Furthermore, getting up too close to 90-inch TV set is simply not going to cut much ice with most of us. Even if 8K TVs were out there on the market and within our pricing range, it will be a long time before you will be able to see and view native content.

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