Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel

Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will help start the world’s first super-high definition 8K TV channel on Saturday.

Japanese broadcaster NHK speak it had asked Warner Bros to scan the original film negatives in 8K for its new channel.

Super-high definition 8K pictures offer 16 times the purpose of HD TV.

However, few people currently have the compulsory television or equipment to receive the broadcasts.

Super hi-vision

NHK says it has been progress 8K, which it calls super-hi vision, since 1995.

As well as better picture resolution, broadcasts can include 24 channels of audio for immersive near sound experiences.

It is hoping to show the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games using the new format.

Television manufacturers counting Samsung and LG have declare 8K-capable television sets, but they are still prohibitively high_cost for widespread adoption.

NHK’s new channel BS8K will broadcast programmes for about 12 hours a day.

The first schedule at 10:00 local time (01:00 GMT) will be an information broadcast, focus future shows on the channel.

The channel will also broadcast live from Italy to showcase “popular tourist attractiveness from Rome, as well as food, culture and history”.

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NHK said it had chosen to broadcast 2001: A Space Odyssey on its start night so that viewers could like a “masterpiece of film history”.

while many movies are shot on 35mm film, 2001: A Space Odyssey was shot on 70mm film, which was the highest standard available at the time.

Warner Bros was able to scan the original film negatives, restore scratches and issue an 8K version of the film that captures the “power and beauty of the original”.

“The many famous scenes become even more vivid, with the notice to detail of director Stanley Kubrick show in the exquisite images, creating the feeling of really being on a trip in space, allowing the film to be love for the first time at home,” NHK said in a statement.

In March, the channel will show My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn, which was also shot on 70mm film.

A new strategy

Japanese electronics-maker Sharp began selling its first 8K television in 2015. At begin it cost $133,000 (£104,000). Currently, a Samsung 8K television costs about $15,000 (£11,700) to buy.

Viewers will also need an 8K-capable satellite receiver. Sharp build one that costs 250,000 yen (£1,750; $2,200). It requires four HDMI cables to receive the pictures into a Sharp TV set, and another cable for sound.

Since 8K televisions and receivers are not still owned by many people, NHK propose to showcase equipment in venues around Japan.

It hopes live occasion will tempt people to tune in, but will also repeat programmes regularly.

“8K is at the moment root around view at the time of broadcast,” it said in a statement. “We plan to increase the number of chances to watch through rebroadcasts.”

“Content has always been crucial for a new TV technology to take off,” Joe Cox, editor-in-chief of high tech news site What Hi-Fi, told the BBC.

“The begin of the world’s first 8K TV channel is great news, even if it is  in Japan. But realistically, mass market adoption is still a long, long way off.

“While the likes of Amazon and Netflix have charged head first into 4K this year, the BBC is  at the trial point, and others are still struggling to stream HD, so 8K remains a pipedream in the UK.

“But with TV brands suggesting 8K resolution screens can improve 4K and even HD pictures, expect to see plenty more 8K TVs in 2019, even if the content doesn’t come so fast.”


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