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2012 Retrospective: Display Size Matters
Looking back over the year, the speed and scale of change within in the broadcast industry, in particular display technology, has surpassed that seen in the past decade... By David Kirk Contributing Editor

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ark Twain once described the years he spent editing a local newspaper as the most difficult of his life. Lacking real news, he had either to make it up or delve into such turgid detail that only the subject’s immediate family would be likely to take an interest. Twain might have been a lot happier editing InBroadcast or any publication tracking the progress of an electronic-related industry. With the television sector, the past 12 months have seen faster and more ambitious changes than typically occur over the course of a decade.

Bigger Pictures
24 Thirty-three years have elapsed since NHK first demonstrated the basis of today’s worldwide two megapixel HD television standard (1920 x 1080 pixels). Outside Japan – a special case given the exceptional importance of electronics to the national economy – the actual introduction of satellite-based HD broadcasting services was delayed until 1996 in the USA and 2004 (Europe). The first terrestrial HD service (Freeview HD in the UK) commenced only three years ago, in December 2009. The 30year delay in implementation of HD was primarily due to the long catch-up time needed by display screen manufacturers to deliver correspondingly high resolution screens at mass-production prices. 2012 saw the first serious push

for the adoption of an 8.3 megapixel (3840 x 2160 pixels) ‘ultra high definition’ transmission standard, not least by the European Broadcasting Union, on the assumption that correspondingly large displays would eventually attract consumer interest. At NAB in April and IBC in September, manufacturers such as JVC, Panasonic and Sony demonstrated their ability to produce cameras to this standard. It is now only a matter of time before infrastructure manufacturers implement eight megapixel versions of all the other parts of the content delivery chain. At IBC in September, SES demonstrated the practicality of transmitting 8.3 megapixel content via satellite from its Luxembourg playout facility. This was reproduced using an 84-inch television display on the Sony stand. It all looked very clean. In the normal course of events, the 8.3 megapixel proposal would be given a few years to become established as a transmission standard before the inevitable

SES and Sony demonstrated live 4K transmission at IBC

introduction of even higher definition: one step at a time. But broadcasters are also being invited to adopt the 33.2 megapixel (7680 x 4320) production and transmission standard which NHK has been promoting since 2003. NHK quite reasonably views the 8.3 megapixel format as an irrelevant young upstart. Current industry consensus is that 33.2 megapixels is a step too far and that 8.3 megapixels has a much better chance of being adopted even if only as a bridge format, optimised for two metre high domestic viewing screens. It is tempting to dismiss the 8.3 megapixel format as an interim standard heading for the same short reign as the nominally one megapixel (1280 x 720) format which was used by manufacturers and dealers to offload interim-resolution displays under the highly misleading ‘HD-ready’ banner.

is the future could depend on developments at the opposite end of the scale. The Apple iPhone 4, introduced in 2010, incorporated the fi rst commercially available ‘retina quality’ image display: 960 x 640 pixels resolution on a 3.5 inch LED-backlit screen. Even when eyeballed at normal mobile-phone close-up, the pixels were invisible. On 28 February 2012, Apple carried this concept across to its iPad. The version 3 iPad has a 3.1 megapixel (2048 x 1536) resolution, 9.7 inch, 4:3 screen at 264 dots per inch. If this technology were extended to a 27 iMac, the resolution would be over 20 megapixels (6000 x 3400 pixels) which is well ahead of 8.3 megapixels and starts to make sense of 33.2 megapixels. In context, very few stills photographers would today be content with a mere 8.3 megapixel camera resolution. These developments may well impact the future of television
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Contents
InNews: Harris Corporation Agree Sale of Broadcast Communications
InNews: Grass Valley Opens Solutions Center in Boulogne Office
InSound
InFocus
InStudio
InPlay
InFile
InTest
InMedia: Evolution of the Broadcast Systems Integrator
InMedia: Swedish Film Institute Chooses Divarchive 7.0
In Broadcast - January 2013 - Intro
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In Broadcast - January 2013 - Contents
In Broadcast - January 2013 - InNews: Harris Corporation Agree Sale of Broadcast Communications
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In Broadcast - January 2013 - InNews: Grass Valley Opens Solutions Center in Boulogne Office
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In Broadcast - January 2013 - InMedia: Evolution of the Broadcast Systems Integrator
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