How We Got To 8K Resolution And What That Really Means

How We Got To 8K Resolution And What That Really Means
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    The king of resolutions has arrived,
    and it's called
    8k.
    8K. That is a lot of K's.
    But can you ever have enough
    K's?
    Low definition is used to describe videos of
    a resolution that's below 480,
    which honestly makes me want to vomit just
    thinking about it.
    This type of video was in its heyday as
    recently as the mid to late 2000s.
    That's because of how weak early computers
    and Internet technology was.
    Streaming video puts massive strain
    on bandwidth, and when there isn't enough to
    go around, the easiest way to have
    smooth playback is,
    unfortunately, to degrade the quality of the video.
    480 is considered to be standard
    definition.
    It creates an image that's pretty fuzzy
    and appalling, but it's not
    impossible to see things.
    Cathode ray TVs,
    which became a standard in the 1960s,
    actually had 480 resolution.
    Most VHS'
    and even those DVDs you got in the
    late 90s and early 2000s were
    also 480.
    But here's something truly bananas -
    when YouTube finally upgraded
    to 480p,
    you were considered to be watching videos
    in "high quality" mode.
    And when did high quality mode
    become an option on YouTube?
    2008!
    That's right. Just 10 years ago
    480 was considered to be top notch
    video consumption quality.
    Now it's considered offensive -
    repulsive even -
    and something only to be use when
    you have like,
    1 bar of 4G service,
    and any higher quality video
    is causing way too
    much. buffering.
    By the later 1990s,
    a few select channels began to broadcast
    in 720 HD.
    "Here's an example of what HDTV looks
    like compared with our current television."
    But most people couldn't experience
    this as they didn't have HD capable
    TV sets.
    And on the internet,
    720 streaming was still a heavy
    strong due to bandwidth.
    It was a while before people started uploading
    content to fit that resolution.
    In 2009,
    Popular Mechanics wrote an article breaking
    down what 1080 was
    because, people didn't know back then.
    They suggested it to be the new gold
    standard.
    It's about 33 percent larger than
    720, and that 33 percent
    makes a huge difference.
    With it comes more detail,
    sharper lines,
    and more colors.
    But, they debated upon the realism of
    you watching it,
    because no channels were broadcasting
    in full HD.
    Later in 2009,
    youtube updated its player to support 1080
    video.
    Blu ray discs also had enough space
    to play 1080 video,
    but that didn't matter to most people
    until full HD TVs
    became a standard in 2015
    without Blu ray.
    Without blu-ray, you're HDTV is just a TV.
    And then came 4k.
    4 times higher death than full
    HD.
    AKA: Is this TV
    a portal into real life?
    Because I feel like I can
    put my hand through it.
    YouTube updated their player to playback
    for 4K video in 2010.
    Most people don't have 4K TVs in their homes,
    and virtually no networks broadcast
    in native 4K.
    This is still considered an ideal to strive
    towards in terms of home entertainment.
    But now there's 8K.
    Damn son,
    how many pixels do you need?
    It's twice the resolution of 4K,
    and eight times the resolution
    of 1080 full HD
    - which is like,
    almost unnecessary.
    LG, Dell,
    and many other TV
    and computer manufacturers have displayed
    8K TVs at events
    like the Consumer Electronics Show.
    And now, Samsung is set to release
    the first consumer 8K TV
    this year.
    So what then?
    How much clearer can he get than 8K?
    Well apparently a lot.
    In 2017,
    Stewart film screen Home Theater
    Systems suggested that an unbelievable
    16K will be made
    available in our lifetimes.
    An unbelievable 16
    times more HD,
    than full HD.
    In fact its hardware is already
    capable of handling this much resolution.
    Stewert Film Screen Home Theater Systems
    is confident they will even go beyond
    16K.
    But the real question is,
    do all those extra Ks actually make a difference?
    Well, there are a lot of factors that go along
    with that - such as how big of a screen
    you're watching,
    and how far away you are when
    you are watching.
    And then there's the thing called pixel density.
    More pixels you pack onto screen,
    the sharper the detail.
    But after something like
    125,000 pixels per inch
    we start getting into a place called pixel
    overkill, where we can't even tell
    with difference anymore between one resolution
    and the other.
    But the truth is we won't really know the answer
    until we see it.
    Comment down below what you think 8K
    is going to look like.
    Is it going to be that much better than 4K?
    What 16K going to look like?
    And where do you think you go from there?
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