8K Association announces TV performance specs

The 8K Association (8KA) is a cross-industry group focused on “facilitating the growth of the 8K ecosystem,” and has announced that performance attributes for 8K televisions have been defined. Performance criteria have been created with the association’s membership, which include consumer electronics brands, panel manufacturers and leadership companies within the 8K arena.

Presently, the newly released tech spec includes 8K input paramaters (bit depth, frame rate, chroma sub-sampling), display performance (resolution, peak brightness, black level, color gamut, white point), and the interface & media formats (High Dynamic Range, codec). Resolution is defined as 7680 x 4320 pixels, input frame rate as 24p, 30p and 60p frames per second, display luminance as more than 600 nits peak, codec as HEVC, and interface as HDMI 2.1. Additional performance and interface specs are available to members only.

“Defining the key attributes for an 8K TV specification demonstrates the 8KA’s focus to quickly define a critical step in the growth in next-generation video technology,” noted 8KA Executive Director, Chris Chinnock. “To reach this milestone is a great testament to the cooperative spirit the members of the 8K Association enjoy along with our shared enthusiasm for the 8K ecosystem expansion.”

8K is the latest and highest-resolution standard for content creation, distribution and TV displays, and features 33 million pixels of resolution. The 8K TV spec itself includes recommended performance levels for color and HDR, and interface requirements for consumer satisfaction. The organization says that a compliance test will be developed by its members, with the result that an 8KA logo will appear on TVs that meet the newly defined standards.

8KA’s newly-acquired members are experts in video capture, television chipsets, AV, and video entertainment creation, and include such authorities as Xperi, Hisense, Intel and Samsung Display.

You can find out more at 8K Association.



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  1. 4K has not been out long enough and IMHO they need to slow down! There is not enough 4K content and they want to crank out 8K displays already, enough already! And as far as video projectors go there are not alot of actual native 4K projectors out there so how long will it take them to come out with native 8K projectors? And I will not be replacing any 4K content with 8K versions! I see native 8K being good for the cinemas but then who is going to start shooting in 8K resolution and even try to render special effects in 8K, do not see it happening. Where is this all going to stop? I might be willing to get an 8K display but nothing under 100" and the price needs to be reasonable.

  2. Not only is there no current 8K content, there's also no back catalogue. The only stuff that could even remotely take advantage of 8K are films shot in IMAX 15/70 and a few dozen 65mm productions.

  3. My Fair Lady received an 8K scan for it’s restoration and maybe Gone With the Wind but I honestly do not know if it actually did. But your right other than maybe a few films getting 8K master scans there really is not a catalog yet. And do we really need to be pushing 8K right now when we do not have enough films on 4K and the TV’s and format have not been out long enough. Technology will end up hurting the film industry as far as home releases if they do not slow down. My receiver will have the ability to have an HDMI upgrade so it will be able to do 8K switching in the near future but why would I run out and spend more money on replacing 4K blu-rays with 8K? And is there even anyway to get 8K on disc? I can say I am not sure if the current 4K blu-ray is compatible with 8K resolution or if a new disc would have to be designed or if it is even possible at this time. Besides so many people in this country not having internet there are many who actually do not even have the bandwidth for 4K or in some instances even HD streaming. Those in major markets meaning living in major urban centers do not have that problem but what internet speed would even be required to stream 8K? And would 8K be a online streaming only kind of format? We are finally getting some older films like It’s A Wonderful Life and Wizard Of Oz in 4K resolution so IMHO pushing 8K displays is pushing it. The only thing 8K will end up doing is upscaling 4K content and be good for screen sizes close to 100″ to 120″ and how many consumers are ready to hang a 100″ + screen on there walls? I am very pro tech and have always built my own pc’s and have adopted everything from laserdisc, dvd, blu-ray, hd-dvd and now 4K. I have supported all that even going from ability to decode dts, dd, dd+, dts master, dolby true hd and now dolby atmos and dts-x. But I am not sure I even want to get into 8K to be honest with you and maybe the only thing eventually would be a 100″ 8K display. But since I got my Sony 4K OLED at the begining of the year I am in no hurry to go 8K at this time!

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