ITU meets to begin work on 4K and 8K TV standards

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While Australia's free-to-air networks insist on showing shows from the '60s, '70s and '80s on our high-definition channels, the International Communications Union (ITU) has met to begin nutting out the standards governing 4K and 8K broadcasts.

Although some manufacturers and broadcasters have been experimenting with 4K devices — like the recent prototype 4K projector by NHK and JVC — critical matters, such as the exact resolution, method of carriage (either terrestrial or satellite broadcast), frame rate and colour range, have yet to be decided.

Without some form of agreement, a standards war could break out, with the likeliest tussle on the horizon being between quad HD (3840x2160) and 4K/2K (4096x2160).

According to Advanced Television some form of ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) will be trialled during the London Olympics at number of public outside viewing areas.

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