Japan Launches 8K Resolution Broadcasts Ahead of Rio Olympics

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The 2016 Rio Olympics are days away (the Opening Ceremony kicks off on August 5), but Japan is already planning for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. According to Engadget, Japanese broadcaster NHK recently began Super Hi-Vision broadcast tests, which allow for live feeds to be sent via satellite in 4K and 8K resolutions with 22.2 channel sound. With the Rio Olympics as a trial run, the plan is to have everything running smoothly by 2018 for the Olympic Games.

Because most citizens don't have 8K televisions yet, NHK will host tests at public locations in Tokyo and Osaka during the Rio Games. The group will broadcast a live stream of the Opening Ceremony and other pre-taped 8K footage shot at the London 2012 Olympics.

Seeing is believing, when it comes to 8K resolution. It's hard to accurately picture what the feature looks like without the right equipment, but you can check out CNET's breakdown of the differences between existing resolutions.

[h/t Engadget]

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