South Korean tech giant Samsung and satellite broadcasting provider KT SkyLife have jointly announced their collaboration in successfully testing 8K resolution broadcasting that employed the cutting-edge H.265 data compression standard, according to a report by ZDNet.
Using the country’s Cheollian satellite to facilitate the trial, KT SkyLife broadcast its compressed 8K video data on the satellite’s Ka band, which transmitted the signal to a TV antenna that received and converted the signal to be displayed on an 82-inch Samsung QLED TV.
The data was compressed using H.265 standard, said to be 50% more efficient than the previous H.264 standard, to enable transmission of large file sizes over DVB-S2x satellite digital broadcasting standards.
The result was a stunningly high-resolution video broadcast that demonstrated the feasibility of 8K broadcast for commercial purposes.
Samsung was the first TV manufacturer to promote commercial 8K resolution with its Q900R model launched in 2018. Meanwhile, Samsung’s domestic rival LG is set to roll out its 8K OLED TV soon.
Tech firms are reportedly concentrating on rolling out their 8K technology in time for next year’s Olympics which will take place in Tokyo, Japan. It is speculated that the event will give the industry major momentum for pushing 8K resolution standards to market.
8K resolution refers to an image or display resolution with a width of approximately 8,000 pixels. 8K UHD (7680 × 4320 pixels) is the highest resolution defined in the Rec. 2020 (UHDTV) standard.
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