ITU Study Group Agrees on Ultra HDTV Standard

Submitted by lalit on October 21, 2011 - 12:41pm.

Experts at ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service announced that they have reached agreement on pertinent technical issues for a new UHDTV (Ultra High Definition TV) standard. The new UHDTV standard will have 16 times the resolution of HDTV standard with over 33 million pixels compared to about 2 million pixels on HDTV screens today. The standard at 16:9 aspect ratio will offer 7,680 x 4,320 resolution with 12 bit color depth. The standard will also support 22.2 channel audio at up to 96kHz sample rate.

"UHDTV promises to bring about one of the greatest changes to audio-visual communications and broadcasting in recent decades," argued Christoph Dosch, chairman of the Broadcasting Service Study Group. "Technology is truly at the cusp of transforming how people experience audio-visual communications."

With its higher pixel count UHDTV standard will be great for glasses free 3D, as one of the main difficult in development of glasses free 3D has been the large number of pixels needed on a screen to accommodate different viewing angles.

Trials of UHDTV standard have already been started and plans are underway for part coverage of upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games in UHDTV for screening at public venues around the world. However, even though the UHDTV trials have started it won’t be coming to your living room anytime soon, as there are many factors that need to ironed out before UHDTV becomes a general broadcasting standard. [Via B&C]