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Published on Sep 8, 2008
JVC is launching some super slim LCD TV LT42DS9, the Sophisti Design Audio DVD System, showcasing the upcoming 4K2K technologies using 4K2K video cameras, 4K2K LCD TVs and 4K2K projectors. Those 4K2K technology demos were one of the IFA highlights in my opinion. The quality is totally amazing, it is showing about 10 million pixels per frame, basically that is 10 megapixel video. Sure 10 megapixel video requires really high bandwidth, but with advanced H264 encoding, a 10 megapixel 4K2K video can fit in 50mbit/s, and 50mbit/s can be delivered over Fiberoptical Internet connections and probably that you would be able to fit a 4K2K stream on a Blu-ray disc which has a 48mbit/s bandwidth limit. At that bitrate, a 2 hour 4K2K movie could fit on about 43GB, so it can perfectly well fit on a dual-layer 50GB Blu-ray disc.
Considering small and cheap processors that can decode 1080p, which amounts to about 2 megapixel, have been available for at least a couple of years, according to Moore's law, the next generation processor to embed in affordable 4K2K televisions, just need to be 5 time more powerful then 1080p hardware. Which amounts to about 4 years of technological development after the introduction of 1080p as the mass market standard. Which according to my guessing could mean we would all be able to buy 4K2K LCD TVs and 4K2K projectors within the next couple of years at mass market consumer prices. That is of course if the broadcasters and movie industry let us have that kind of quality at home. Cause 4K2K technology might also be a differentiator that digital cinemas would want to have for themselves.
Just when you thought 1080p was the best one would need, just wait till you see a 4K2K demonstration, the quality is just insane, it's even more like really being there.