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Remarkably Advanced Image Processing: Ushering in an Era of 8K

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May 31, 2023

Ushering in the Future of Television with 8K

Over the last decade, 4K UHD televisions have revolutionized our entertainment experience, offering improved resolution and audio quality. However, we are now witnessing an even more impressive evolution as 8K UHD televisions supersede their 4K counterparts in terms of state-of-the-art capabilities.

The Ascendancy of 8K

First introduced to consumers in 2019, the adoption of 8K televisions has been gradual but steady. From a humble 100,000 8K units sold in their debut year, the numbers reached 1.3 million last year, with predictions of 2.1 million for 2023. By 2026, Statista predicts annual global shipments to hit nearly 4.5 million.

Unraveling the Magic of 8K

8K televisions have four times the resolution of 4K displays and sixteen times that of full HDTV, providing an unparalleled visual experience. And, they are becoming increasingly affordable. Today, you can buy some 65-inch 8K displays for under $2,000 — a price comparable to high-quality 4K televisions in 2020.

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The Ultimate Entertainment Experience

8K televisions, with their larger display sizes and wider viewing angles, provide a truly immersive entertainment experience, particularly for those sitting close to the screen.

Overcoming the Content Gap

A common critique of 8K has been the lack of content currently available in this format. However, thanks to sophisticated circuitry and AI, the vast amount of 4K and HD content can be upscaled to create remarkable 8K visuals. And as the production of native 8K content increases, 8K television owners will be primed to enjoy its full splendor without delay.

Enhanced Visual and Audio Quality

8K televisions offer support for HDR, ensuring visibility of details in both dark and bright portions of a scene. Additionally, many models feature Dolby Atmos and other high bitrate object-oriented audio formats, recreating a cinematic audio experience.

8K Connectivity

With 33 million pixels, HDR, HFR, and immersive audio, 8K televisions are data-hungry. Ultra High Speed HDMI® Cables, defined as part of the HDMI 2.1a Specification, provide the necessary connectivity to move this wealth of data between 8K system components.

Guaranteeing Performance with Authentic Products

Consumers and contractors installing 8K systems must ensure the cables and components they purchase are from licensed HDMI Adopters to avoid counterfeit products and guarantee peak performance.

For the ultimate television experience, 8K is the future. Not only do they ensure homeowners are prepared for future technology developments, but thanks to AI-driven upscaling, 8K televisions also offer the best viewing experience for HD and 4K content today.


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Image Processing, Sophisticated Up-Res Circuitry Deliver Exceptional 8K TV Viewing Experience

Whether it’s watching TV shows and movies, playing games or experiencing eSports nothing tops 8K immersion.


It’s hard to believe, but 4K UHD televisions have been enhancing the entertainment experience of viewers for just over a decade. In that time, they’ve made higher resolution and better audio quality table stakes for big screen flat panels. More recently, 4K televisions have upped their game with newer models delivering support for features like high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate (HFR) as well as wide color gamut (WCG) and object-based immersive audio.

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8K, 4K, Full HD, HD Standard Television Resolution Size

While remarkable, these televisions are beginning to cede their position at the pinnacle of the television pyramid to 8K UHD televisions, which take the state-of-the-art in UHD television far beyond the capabilities of 4K.

First available to consumers in 2019, 8K televisions have seen slow but steady uptake with worldwide unit growth climbing from 100,000 8K televisions that year to 1.3 million last year and a forecasted 2.1 million in 2023. By 2026, annual worldwide shipments are expected to hit nearly 4.5 million, according to a forecast by researcher Statista.

Why 8K?

It’s easy to understand the building momentum given the remarkable capabilities of 8K TVs.

When it comes to pixel count, 8K televisions offer four times the resolution of 4K displays and 16 times that of full HDTV. That’s 7,680 x 4,320 pixels compared to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels for 4K and 1,920 x 1,080 pixels for full HD. In the aggregate, that’s 33,177,600 (8K) vs. 8,294,400 (4K) vs. 2,073,600 (HD) pixels.

Another key factor contributing is affordability. For example, some 65-inch 8K displays are now available for under $2,000—essentially the same price of some a top-notch 65-inch 4K televisions in 2020.

However, pixel count and price are only two parts of a larger story. Other factors contribute to making 8K television the best-in-class alternative for those seeking the highest-level television experience available today.

With larger display sizes and wider viewing angles, 8K televisions produce an immersive entertainment experience—especially for those sitting close to the screen.

8K Content

If there’s one knock on 8K, it’s that at the moment little content originates in 8K. However, thanks to advanced circuitry and AI, upscaling the abundance of 4K and HD content that’s available today produces remarkable 8K imagery—video that takes full advantage of each of 8K’s 33 million pixels.

Plus, as the catalog of native 8K content grows, viewers with 8K televisions will be ready to enjoy its full visual majesty without delay.

To accelerate 8K content production, the 8K Association this year launched an initiative to raise the awareness among producers and other content creators about ongoing 8K content initiatives.

Enhancing video quality further, 8K televisions support HDR, which ensures details in dark portions of a scene are visible—not lost in a muddy blur—and that the brightest portions of the scene remain clear and detailed—in other words, without bloom.

Dolby Vision, HDR 10 and HDR 10+ are among the HDR formats supported.

HDR also brings the widest available color space to 8K, meaning that when 8K content supporting the latest color space standard becomes available, 8K TVs will be able to reproduce far more colors than today.

Immersive sound is another important benefit. Many models feature Dolby Atmos and other high bitrate object-oriented audio formats to recreate the sound experience moviegoers expect in theaters.

8K Connectivity

With 33 million pixels, HDR, HFR and immersive audio, 8K televisions are data hungry. Moving all that data between 8K system components demands connectivity up to the task.

Fortunately, Ultra High Speed HDMI® Cables are more than up to the task. Defined as part of the HDMI 2.1a Specification, Ultra High Speed HDMI® Cables support bandwidth of up to 48Gbps.

Homeowners and home theater contractors putting 8K systems in place, however, should be certain the cables and components they purchase are from licensed HDMI Adopters. These companies are authorized to use HDMI Specifications, trademarks and logos.

Therefore, when buying HDMI Products always look for the HDMI Logo and make sure you are buying only from HDMI Adopters or authorized resellers to avoid knockoffs and guarantee top performance

While HDMI® Licensing Administrator Inc. (HDMI LA) regularly works with customs organizations in countries around the world to identify and seize counterfeit products before they reach retail shelves and regularly conducts retail audits to ensure the authenticity of products for sale, it’s always smart to look for the Ultra High Speed HDMI® Certification Label on the cable packages. A certification scanning app is in place to allow consumers to verify certification.

If viewers want the very best, 8K television is what to get. 8K TVs not only ensure homeowners are beyond future-ready, but also thanks to the AI-driven upscaling these televisions enable them to enjoy utmost viewing experience when it comes to HD and 4K content.

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