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December 8, 2021

8KA Releases New Report: The State of Live 8K Video Production

The 8K Association (8KA) has released a new report titled: The State of Live 8K Video Production. Produced by the members of the Association’s Encode/Decode committee, the report covers:

  • 8K Broadcast standards
  • Coding standards
  • Encoders
  • Decoders
  • Demonstrations of live 8K video production

A free webinar discussed the findings on December 8 conducted by lead author Mauricio Alvarez-Mesa, CEO of Spin Digital Video Technologies GmbH.

View recording of webinar HERE

Get Webinar slides HERE

Download the free report HERE

The report confirms that after many years of development, trials and demos, 8K live production is practical today using the HEVC codec. Already over a dozen encoders can support 8K contribution and/or distribution needs. Such encoders have been realized using a variety of hardware solutions including ASIC, ASIC in GPU, FPGA, software running on CPU, or hybrid configurations in cloud or on-premises instances.

Plus, newer codecs like VVC, AV1 and AVS3 are being developed and evaluated for roll out in the coming years to support 8K video services. These codecs are now being evaluated by DVB and the Brazilian Next Generation TV committee for such services.

Most importantly, these codecs and encoders can support broadcast formats like transport stream, or streaming formats like HLS or DASH. Hardware decoding of HEVC and AV1 is available in 8K TVs now, setting the stage for service providers to consider rolling out 8K channels.


Established in January 2019, the 8K Association has grown to encompass a broad membership of leading companies that represent all parts of the 8K ecosystem. From 8K content creators and technology suppliers that enable 8K production to display semiconductor makers, panel manufacturers and the world’s biggest TV brands – 8KA member companies are at the forefront of delivering the most impressive images from lens to living room.

The organization’s mission is to grow appreciation and awareness of 8K products which will provide an even higher level of large screen entertainment. Our activities include development of TV performance and interface specifications, compliance logo programs, education and coordination with 8K ecosystem developers to help build the 8K market. The 8K Association is composed of over 30 member companies who represent global leadership in consumer electronics, display manufacturing, ingredient technology providers as well as content and distribution.

The 8K Association site for industry professionals is available at:

Find 8K Association Certified products and learn about how 8K can be enjoyed at home at the 8K Association site for consumers:

Companies interested in contacting the 8KA for additional information may reach us at:

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