A Japanese broadcaster has had its Super Hi-Vision (SHV) system approved by the International Telecommunication Union - meaning we’re a step closer to getting 8k televisions in our homes.
SHV provides a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, which equates to about 16 times greater than current Full HD TVs.
Broadcasting corporation NHK trialled its SHV system during the London 2012 Olympics in conjunction with the BBC and having seen it first hand Pocket-lint can confirm the results are stunning.
Super Hi-Vision TVs will also make it possible for displays to handle more colours, while motion-rendering will be made smoother with 120 frames per second for live broadcasts. Sound quality could also be improved, with talk of introducing 22.2 channel speaker systems.
But before we get too carried away, 16k TVs are unlikely to become commonplace until 2020. LG has only just begun rolling out its 84-inch 4k display TV, admitting “the 4K display market is still in its infancy”.