What’s next? 16K. Then 32 and 64K. But Why?

In Australia, most television shows are broadcast in HD (1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high)…
Pay TV has a few select (read: you have to pay even more) channels that are dedicated to ultra high definition (4K, which is 3840 x 2160 pixels). Some people have 4K televisions or monitors to enjoy this higher resolution, but even before it has become widespread, many retailers are offering 8K displays. Not only is this rapidly-increasing definition primarily done to milk consumers of their money, the human eye is incapable of noticing the difference from even a few meters away. Hollywood productions are still primarily captured in 4K (or at least downsampled to it), for example, and they are shown on huge movie screens. What’s the point to all this? The exponential increase in bandwidth required to broadcast higher and higher resolutions is barely mentioned, while have little or no benefit in a real-world setting.

They sound fancy, but take extreme resolutions with a grain of salt.

Fair enough, if you can afford a huge television that will be out of date in a year or two, by all means go for it. But here in Australia you’ll still be watching 4K at best.

Tim’s Gear

My equipment is 4K, but it’s not the technical specifications of what you are using that ultimately matters. As they say: it’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it.



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