first_imgFive years from now, your 1080p HDTV may look just as antiquated as your old analog set does now. Ultra HDTV looks to be the next step in the evolution of displays, and its technical standards have just been laid out by the ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service.If you thought our current television displays were as advanced as they will get, consider the 33 million pixel set that was demonstrated in 2008 by Tokyo broadcast NHK. That’s roughly 16 times more pixels than what a 1080p set offers. This increased count figures to be the key figure in defining ultra high-def TV (UHDTV).If that sounds like pixel overkill, there are further advantages to the boost besides offering über-sharp images. Glasses-free (stereoscopic) 3D displays currently require too many pixels to work well in a TV set. Unlike handheld devices, like the Nintendo 3DS or the EVO 3D, a glasses-free 3D TV would require a wide array of viewing angles to be covered. There are other technologies (involving face-tracking) that allow current-generation 3D TVs to go glasses-free, but UHDTV would offer a more effective solution to the viewing angle problem.The technology, however, is still years away from being widely available. Official standards being agreed upon means that it’s coming, but don’t expect to replace your current TV with a 33 megapixel set anytime soon. A UDHTV trial link was set up last month between London and Amsterdam, and plans are underway to broadcast parts of the 2012 London Olympic games in UDHTV. But as nobody will have the sets yet, only those in designated public areas would be able to feast their eyes on all of those pixels.In order for UHDTV to have any relevance, cameras will need to get some boosted specs, as well as common internet speeds. As more of our content is internet-based, the ability to stream UHDTV feeds will be crucial. We’re talking 24Gbps download speeds (potentially) needed to stream video in the new resolution. Needless to say, that’s more than a couple years away.via Engadget, B&Clast_img read more