Panasonic, NHK Show Off 145” 8K Plasma Television

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2012 - 09:46 PM |
Tagged: UHD, tv, plasma, Panasonic, nhk, 8k, ultra hdtv

Over the weekend I saw a post over at Tom’s Hardware that made my jaw drop. Panasonic and Japanese TV broadcaster NHK have managed to create a 145” plasma with an 8K resolution(!). The massive television’s 7,680 x 4,320 pixel resolution conforms to the Ultra High Definition specification.

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Other specifications of the TV include an RGB vertical stripe phosphor array, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, and 60Hz refresh rate. Pixel pitch is .417mm horizontal and .417mm vertical. In a video demonstration by DigInfo (seen below), the companies reported that the TV uses a new method for updating the pixels that eliminates flickering. Such flicker would be caused by the TV updating the picture at 60Hz and having to update 4,320 vertical lines of pixels! Panasonic has developed a new way of driving the pixels that scans and updates multiple lines in each frame at a time.

Panasonic will be showing off the 8K plasma at the SID International Symposium from June 3 to June 8, and Institute of Technology from May 24 to May 27. Consumers have heavily invested in 1080p televisions and now 4K is starting to be common on the content side of things. This 8K resolution is a neat proof of concept but it will likely be quite a while before content creators move to recording in 8K and consumers get their hands on it. Even so, that doesn’t stop me from drooling over this TV (and dreading how much the video card that can drive such a display at native resolution will cost)!

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April 30, 2012 | 09:47 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

In other words, Do Want!

April 30, 2012 | 10:58 PM - Posted by timmyisme22

Want very do yes... sorry, the TV destroyed my brain for a second there.

May 1, 2012 | 02:36 PM - Posted by Humanitarian

That's one crazy TV.. And probably a crazy price tag to go along with it.

May 1, 2012 | 02:42 PM - Posted by mark (not verified)

even talking about the concept of 8k is new. I actually am more interesting in the anti flicker technology then the resolution itself.

May 1, 2012 | 03:16 PM - Posted by Branthog

I'm not exaggerating when I say that reading that sent a shiver down my spine. I want one, so bad. Unfortunately, until they get to the $5k range, I'm not going to buy one. Also, it's unfortunate that we're probably twenty years away from any game console even coming close to considering possibly maybe sort of vaguely supporting 8k resolutions (which, again, would be AMAZING).

Too bad people are stubborn. A huge portion of the population is only now starting to move to 720/1080 and dumping their CRTs. I don't think you'll see 8k's in your neighbor's house in the next decade. Nor the 4k. In fact, I doubt 2k sets will even be found outside of the most hard-core A/V nut's home.


May 1, 2012 | 07:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You do realize that 1080p is jus a few pixels under the 2k standard, right?

May 1, 2012 | 07:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Then there's the matter of digital delivery. It's 3 GB/s raw. Bytes not bits.

May 1, 2012 | 07:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Like you said that's raw though. Have a little faith in compression technology. And it's a bit too cynical to think people won't be using 4k displays this decade.

May 2, 2012 | 01:01 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

heh, yeah I have a feeling that as far as normal consumers (not techies and early adopters) are concerned we'll see a move from 1080p straight to 4K and skip right over 2K.

May 2, 2012 | 02:19 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

I like it but do they make it in a bigger size?

May 2, 2012 | 02:22 AM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

The irony of trying to watch a video of an 8k resolution plasma tv at 720p on YouTube, all the while getting pauses, is not lost on me.

June 9, 2014 | 08:53 AM - Posted by Fabiano Gaary (not verified)

This will change the derivation of television sets and will provide a whole new experience of viewing. High definition sets are so rare business phone systemsand it is really a big thing to introduce a big one like this. Price is what may be a point of concern for the consumers. Great!!

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