8K TVs are set to achieve modest success over the next few years, according to research from Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home Devices service. The report will be published to coincide with this month’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, where 8K will be one of the dominant themes.
Strategy Analytics’ consumer technology adoption models predict that 56 million homes worldwide will own an 8K TV by the end of 2025. The US will be the most successful market, with 8 per cent of households owning an 8K TV by this time. 8K TVs have only been introduced in recent months, and the research finds that global sales in 2019 will reach 0.5 million units. Compared to the US, where super-large displays have long been accepted, 8K TV will struggle in most other regions. The report concludes that 8K TV will be good for TV vendors, but less meaningful for the content industry.
Other key findings from the report include:
“8K TV is likely to attract a lot of attention this year,” says David Watkins, Director at Strategy Analytics. “TV manufacturers and video technology vendors are all keen to promote the idea that 8K is a logical and inevitable upgrade to today’s 4K. This makes sense, up to a point, and 8K will achieve a foothold in the market where demand for the largest screen sizes is strong.”
“The availability of true 8K content is going to remain extremely restricted for some years,” advises Michael Goodman, Director, TV & Media Strategies. “Many content providers and distributors are still migrating to 4K from basic HD and will see little justification in investing in 8K when so few viewers will see any benefit for many years. Instead, they should focus on other important image enhancement technologies such as HDR (high dynamic range) and HFR (high frame rate).”
The report is less enthuisatic than Market&Market’s report on 8K tech from earlier this week.