When we reported on the immanent release of LG's new 4K 3DTV yesterday, some of our readers noted that there is yet to be an official standard for the broadcast of content beyond 1080p FullHD.
When the Olympics aired, however, Japanese BBC equivalent, NHK, took the opportunity to perform the first ever live broadcast of its Super Hi-Vision standard, airing 8K footage to venues and large screens throughout the UK and Japan. Super Hi-Vision is a UHD (Ultra High Definition) standard that the NHK has been working on since 2003, capable of both 4K and 8K resolutions at a variety of frame-rates.
Word on the Nikkei wire is that the NHK is close to having this standard, which has now performed successful world-wide live field tests, approved as an official ITU (International Telecommunication Union) standard. Should the approval go ahead, Super Hi-Vision will become the international successor to HDTV and will provide a target for equipment and TV manufacturers and to work towards for making broadcast 4K and 8K resolutions a reality.