Ultra HD Forum: ‘2019 year of maturity’
April 5, 2019
The Ultra HD Forum (UHDF) – the global organisation defining industry best practices for the introduction of technologies to facilitate ultra-high-definition (UHD) viewing experiences – is bringing a significant update to its Guidelines to 2019 NAB Show.
“For the first time, we are releasing a unified guidelines document, illustrating UHD maturity,” advised Madeleine Noland, Senior Advisor, Technology and Standards for LG Electronics, and UHDF Guidelines chair. “In it, we describe ‘foundation’ UHD technologies, as well as ‘enhancements’ that are backward compatible so they will add value to setups that support them, but still, look and sound great on foundation equipment.”
The Forum acknowledges 8K development as a promising future technology and plans to work on its inclusion within future versions of the Guidelines. UHDF president Thierry Fautier stated: “8K is not at the same state of maturity as 4K, and not widely deployable without further development and advances in the ecosystem. Our immediate interest is in 4K and HD resolution-based services and technologies, but the Forum continues to monitor the development of 8K video as it may relate to television production and distribution, including leveraging 8K production and display technologies within a 4K distribution system. We will update media and analysts on the booth at NAB Show.”