8K coverage of Winter Games 2022
July 18, 2018
By Chris Forrester
It is well-known that Japan has made a considerable commitment to produce its Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 8K, at least for viewers in Japan. Now it has emerged that the 2022 Winter Games, scheduled for Beijing (February 2022), will also be dominated by 8K coverage, according to sources speaking at the recent Insight Media event (QLED & Advanced Display Summit) sponsored by Samsung, in Hollywood.
Michael Heiss, a CEDIA fellow and writing in his HiddenWires blog, refers to Samsung’s commitment to introducing a range of 8K displays and likely to appear at IFA in Berlin this autumn. He states that China will make a “big push” for 8K coverage of its 2022 Olympics.
The upcoming MIPCOM programming market will also be showcasing 8K content. NHK will screen many 8K programmes (although down-converted to 4K) as will Italy’s Magnitude Films which is making ‘Bernini, an 80-minute extravaganza and which reminds us; “No artist defined 17th-century Rome more than Gian Lorenzo Bernini did, working under nine popes and leaving an indelible mark on the Eternal City.”
As to other content, there are already a number of production companies using 6K and 8K in their productions especially in the factual and documentary sectors.