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A Deep Dive Into UHD Technology
For over half a century, from 1941 (the original NTSC TV standard) through 1995, the resolution of TV screens remained basically unchanged. Then, in 1996, two new HD standards (720p/1080i) were approved. But HDTV was slow to ramp, only gaining real market traction in 2007. And, before HD could fully supercede SD, it was itself superceded in 2013 by two new Ultra-High Definition (UHD) standards (4K/8K). Suddenly, the lifespan of a resolution standard had dropped from over a half-century to less than a decade. What is going on? Will one consequence of the "digital revolution" be an unending parade, every decade or so, of ever-higher resolution standards? Is 4K/8K fated to be followed, in turn, by 16K/32K? This paper argues that 4K is the last stop on the resolution upgrade line. Digital technologies need to stop expanding, not after they exhaust all possible bits, but when they finally meet all possible uses.
Telairity Deep Dive Series 2: Digital Video Coding
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