ITU Closes In on Ultra HDTV Standard

The ITU has announced a new recommendation for "Ultra High Definition Television" or UHDTV. The ITU's Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standard -- or recommendation -- in collaboration with experts from the TV industry, broadcasting organizations and regulatory institutions in its Study Group 6. ITU-R Study Group 6 has now agreed on a draft new recommendation on the technical details for UHDTV, which is now being submitted to administrations for approval.

The ITU-R recommendation lays out the quality standards for UHDTV in two steps. The first level of UHDTV picture levels has the equivalent of about 8 megapixels (3 840 x 2 160 image system), and the next level comes with the equivalent of about 32 megapixels (7 680 x 4 320 image system). Ultra high definition picture quality is accompanied by improved color fidelity and options for higher numbers of pictures per second than for today's TV systems.

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