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RAI to begin 8K broadcasts


Italian broadcaster RAI says it will begin broadcasts in both 4K and 8K, coinciding with the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. RAI already has a 4K channel. It is the first European broadcaster to announce plans to offer coverage of the Olympics in 8K.

RAI director of technology Luigi Rocchi announced the plans at a conference in Rome. He showed previews of programming, including a production featuring the fifteenth century Leonardo da Vinci mural painting The Last Supper, which will be available in both 4K and 8K ultra high definition.

8K pictures, at 7,680×4,320 pixels, are 4 times the resolution of 4K and 16 times the resolution of high-definition television.

RAI already has a 4K Ultra HD channel available on the TivuSat satellite television platform and has worked with Eutelsat to present programming in Ultra HD, including drama series, movies, documentaries and football matches, starting with the UEFA EURO 2016 football championship in France. RAI has also tested DVB-T2 terrestrial transmissions in 4K in the Valle d’Aosta region.

Japanese broadcaster NHK launched the first 8K service in the world in December 2018, in preparation for the Olympics and Paralympics which take place in Tokyo in July and August 2020.

The Olympic Games are often used as an opportunity to promote new television and video technologies. NHK has been gearing up to deliver the Olympics in 8K since Tokyo was selected as the host city in 2013.

Back in 2012, informitv saw the trial 8K coverage of the London Olympics produced by the BBC and NHK. There was limited 8K coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, shown in theatres in Japan. The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 will have more comprehensive 8K coverage, which will also benefit those watching in 4K and high-definition.

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