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Understanding Ultra High Definition television

Written by Warren Kelly | Published in
First published: 02-04-2015
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Create DateMay 11, 2015
Last UpdatedMay 15, 2015

Ultra high definition television (UHDTV) combines 4K resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rate (HFR) and wide color gamut (WCG). At the same time, it poses some of the biggest questions about the future of the broadcast industry. Should we use 4K resolution, or do we need to wait for 8K resolution? Is some form of enhanced HD with HDR and WCG more likely to be commercially viable than 4K? What will have consumer appeal? Ultimately, will UHDTV be successful?

The Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB) has taken the technical standards of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) (ST 2036-1) and a number of International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Recommendations and produced a tiered practical commercial approach to enhancing television services beyond HD, known as UHD-1 Phase 1, UHD-1 Phase 2, and UHD-2.

To keep things simple, this white paper will use the term UHD-1 when referring to the standards and 4K TV when referring to the actual services and televisions.

Understanding Ultra High Definition Television

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