May 30, 2006
I just ran across an article that perfectly illustrates my don’t sweat it attitude when it comes to 1080p and beyond. I don’t mean to imply that resolution doesn’t matter but I have to chuckle a bit when I see folks arguing over what is or isn’t “full” or “true” HD, instead of just enjoying what we have now.
Think that new wobulating Samsung 1080p, rear-projection television is the cats meow? It may be today but tomorrow is always up for grabs in the consumer electronics world.
Japan’s NHK (the fathers of HDTV) recently ran a test transmission of their ‘Super HiVision’ broadcast protocol at 7680×4320 lines of resolution. Yeah four thousand three hundred and twenty lines of vertical lines of resolution….
While the virtual broadcast relied on a hardwired fiber-optic connection for signal transmission, NHK has access to Japan’s experimental 21GHz satellite band and feels that they can easily transmit these Super HiVision signals at 250Mbps. To give you some perspective on the bandwidth NHK is using, typical HD signals transmit at 20Mbps or lower.
Ok of course there aren’t any commercially available sources that are capable of providing anywhere near 4k lines of vertical resolution but the same could be said of 1080p, at least until Blu-ray hits the streets. My point is there’s always something better in the pipeline, don’t let that stop you from enjoying HD today.
Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HDTV