Japanese broadcaster NHK is planning to go super hi-tech for its coverage of the TV technology 2020 Olympics.
The games will be offered in Super 8K – 16 times sharper than high definition televisions and microphones that can zoom in on sound anywhere in the stadium.
And so again in 2020, the Olympic Games might serve to push forward television technology.
While TV makers are currently promoting “4K” or “Ultra HD” sets, which offer four times the level of detail of current HDTVs, Japan’s national public broadcaster NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) is close to beginning trial service of a system with 16 times the level of detail. Called “Super Hi-Vision” or “8K,” the technology has been under development for years and test transmissions are due to begin in 2016.
By 2020, NHK hopes it will be able to cover the Olympic Games using the new system. Super Hi-Vision already received a limited trial at last year’s London Olympics, where NHK and the BBC produced several hours of programming per day and beamed it to public viewing sites in each country, so the chances are good that NHK will meet its plan.
BBC Click’s Dan Simmons went to see the technology in action.