The world’s first regular TV satellite broadcasts in 8K resolution — four times as sharp as 4K and 16 times as sharp as 1080p — launched Monday in Japan. The Verge reports that the Japanese public broadcaster NHK launched the “Super Hi-Vision” test channel with a mix of content in 4K and 8K resolution.
At 7680 x 4320 pixels, 8K is four times as sharp as 4K and 16 times as sharp as 1080p, while also allowing for 22.2-channel audio.
“8K content on the schedule for today includes a concert by J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, highlights from the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and footage of famed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa in a Beethoven concert,” The Verge reports.
The test channel is on the air from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., but the equipment to receive 8K at home has not yet become available. So NHK is placing viewing stations around the country.
The report notes that NHK has a history of getting ahead of new broadcast technology, having started HD broadcasts way back in the 1980s — well before the technology went mainstream.