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Part of 2016 Olympics to be shot in 8K, preparing for Japan

Part of 2016 Olympics to be shot in 8K, preparing for Japan

8K isn't even a thing yet, even among most of the TV makers in the market. But maybe in four years' time, the landscape might be different already. The Olympic Broadcasting Services apparently isn't going to sit still on that front. When the 2016 Olympics kick off in August in Brazil, it will be shooting a very small portion in 8K resolution. Since the rest of the event won't be in that hi-res quality, this is most likely just a test in preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

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DisplayPort 1.4 will let devices output to 8K via USB-C

DisplayPort 1.4 will let devices output to 8K via USB-C

The rest of the world is just catching up with 4K and yet display and TV makers are already starting to get the ball rolling on 8K. Well, that still unborn market has already gotten the thumbs up from an industry standard. The Video Electronics Standards Association, more popular known as VESA, has just released version 1.4 of the DisplayPort specification. Among other things, the new spec makes provisions for driving video output from a computer or mobile device to an 8K screen, over a still young USB Type-C connection.

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LG starts CES 2016 big with 98-inch 8K TV and more

LG starts CES 2016 big with 98-inch 8K TV and more

Picked up a 4K television yet? If not, you're now even further behind the curve, with LG bringing a 98-inch 8K TV to CES this year. Billed by the company has its first production-ready 98-inch 8K SUPER UHD TV, the unnamed set isn't actually scheduled to hit stores until the second half of this year - presumably to give you time to save up - but there are plenty of Ultra HD models to tide you over.

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Japan Display unveils a 17-inch 8K LCD panel

Japan Display unveils a 17-inch 8K LCD panel

It seems limits are just an afterthought when it comes to display resolution these days. Manufacturers are just now starting introduce more 8K-compatible screens, but at sizes like 85 inches. Japan Display has said "no, that is not adequate," and somehow managed to cram an 8K LCD module into a meager 17.3-inch screen. If you're already trying to do the math, we'll save you the time: the resolution measures 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, with a mind-boggling 510 pixels per inch.

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Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Do have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket? Like a whole lot? Well, it probably still won't be enough to afford Sharp's just announced 8K TV. Announced in Japan, Sharp seems to be just jumping past the whole 4K thing and will begin selling the 85-inch LV-85001, said to be world's first production 8K TV, next month. The price for this ultra-high resolution beast? An incredible 16 million yen (about $133,000).

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One of YouTube’s first 8K videos is almost impossible to watch

One of YouTube’s first 8K videos is almost impossible to watch

Just in case 4K video isn't cutting it for you, one of the first uploads to YouTube in 8K has been made recently. Google says that footage of that quality has been supported since 2010, but only earlier this year was a 8K/4320p label added to YouTube. Ghost Towns, from user NeumannFilms, was uploaded to the site less than a week ago, on June 7th. The interesting thing is, there's very few people with computers powerful enough to play something of this size.

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