We are currently in a transition from FHD (1080p) resolution to 4K or UHD resolution, so some may ask: Do we need 8K? The answer depends on where you sit in the value chain.
- Display Makers – see value as 8K offers higher image quality for their customers
- Component suppliers – Like 8K as it demands higher performance components and subsystems
- TV brands – see value as 8K is the next big innovation in TVs
- Content creators – like the archival value of 8K captured content
- Content distribution – see 8K as new opportunity for OTT delivery
- Consumers – see value in the increased immersive impact of 8K images
But there are concerns. For example, some will say:
- You can’t see the additional resolution
- The production costs are too high
- There is no native 8K content
- 8K requires more bandwidth for distribution
And, there is some truth to all these concerns. But in reality, these are nearly the same benefits and concerns that were voiced 5-6 years ago as we started down the UHD transition path. Clearly, these concerns were overcome. We see many parallels to the move to 8K and foresee the concerns being addressed just as they have been for UHD. Ultimately, the adoption of 8K seems inevitable. One can argue if it will be as fast as the UHD transition (you can’t hardly buy a FHD TV today), but it will happen.
The 8K Association is dedicated to helping communicate the benefits of 8K and to helping the value chain address the challenges the transition will require. We can and will find the answers – but a little help can’t hurt.