8K TV Shipments Already Rocketing High!

This artist rendering released by Japan Sport Council shows the new National Stadium, the main venue Tokyo plans to build for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The futuristic 80,000-seat main stadium will be the centerpiece, touted by organizers as one of the most advanced in the world. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it will go up on the site of the Olympic Stadium from 1964, the last time Tokyo was host. The Japanese capital, selected Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 over Istanbul and Madrid to host in 2020, will also reuse three venues from the 1964 Games, demonstrating a commitment to its Olympic legacy. The main stadium, which will have a retractable roof, is expected to be finished in time to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (AP Photo/Japan Sport  Council)

Was it the advent of 8K broadcasting in Japan for the 2020 Olympics that’s spurring a new round of resolution increases, even though shipments have not yet started in serious commercial volumes?

According to IHS, shipments of 8K ultra HD resolution TVs (that’s 7,680 x 4,320 pixels) are expected to increase from 2,700 shipped worldwide in 2015 to 911,000 in 2019. The IHS 8K TV forecast hinges on the 65″ screen size, which has by far the highest volume in production and will account for almost 80% of 8K TV shipments in 2019.

“The biggest inhibitor to the growth of 8K TV will be consumer screen size preferences,” said Paul Gray, principal analyst for IHS. “8K requires a very large screen, or the higher resolution becomes invisible at normal viewing distances. The average screen size in the TV market has grown by an inch each year over the past decade, but it is still a long haul before sizes over 70″ become commonplace.”

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