Ultra High Definintion TV Standard Moves Forward [Broadband Reports]
High definition television could be getting an upgrade in the next several years. A working group of the International Telecommunications Union has reached agreement about the standard for what they are calling Ultra High Definition Television, or UHDTV. The experts on the working group have agreed upon the basics - "most of the pertinent technical characteristics" necessary for the standard.
Based on demonstrations of the first draft of the standard, viewers can look forward to an upgrade from 2 million pixels in the picture of the most advanced HDTV currently available to a television capable of displaying 33 million pixels with UHDTV. It's roughly the same resolution as an IMAX movie.
Don't expect to see those UHDTV sets on shelves soon, though. There's a lot more work involved before the standard is finalized. After the standard is set, manufacturers will engineer and create televisions, programmers will create new UHDTV content and cable providers will look to include that new programming on their lineups for their customers.