[Satellite TODAY 05-25-11] The move to Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) took a step forward after the ITU announced a new recommendation (standard) May 24. The ITU-R Study Group 6 has now agreed a draft new recommendation on the technical details for UHDTV, which is now being submitted to administrations for approval.
The ITU-R Recommendation lays out the quality standards for UHDTV in two steps. The advances made with each of these quality steps are roughly similar to the step from the old standard definition television to high-definition television (HDTV). HDTV pictures today have the equivalent of between 1-2 megapixels. The first level of UHDTV picture levels has the equivalent of about 8 megapixels and the next level comes with the equivalent of about 32 megapixels.
“UHDTV is an earth-shaking development in the world of television. Watching UHDTV in the near future will be a breathtaking experience, and I look forward to it,” said ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré.