Yes, 8K is not the stuff of legend. As we learned earlier this year, the HDMI 2.1 spec is preparing for 8K and beyond thanks to advancing broadcast technology--the same technology that is already being deployed for the Super Bowl this coming weekend.
As reported by 4K.com, Super Bowl LI will be the most advanced sporting event ever attempted thanks to a complex mix of multiple 4K and 8K cameras, fiber optic technology and specialized semi-simulated viewing angles to bring viewers into the action.
To accomplish this, Fox Sports will have 38 ultra HD cameras scattered all over the stadium in strategic positions, allowing the broadcast team to deliver augmented reality with next-generation statistics and graphics to those watching the game remotely.
Michael Davies, senior vice president of field and technical operations for Fox Sports, explained: “With the NFL and most other sports, we’re used to seeing replays and on-field action being broadcast from the outside in. But the ambition has always been to get those perspectives from the inside out. With ‘Be the Player’ and some other enhancements we’re utilizing this year, such as pylon cameras, we’ll be able to bring the audience down to the field and offer the viewpoint of a player at the critical decision-making moment.”
This is just one more argument for incorporating fiber into our audio-visual installations. Many 4K formats, and certainly 8K formats, require a signal distribution network that exceeds a 10G data rate--hence the adoption of fiber on-field for the Super Bowl broadcast team.
However, fiber and fiber transport electronics are just as relevant in the places where 4K (and 8K) are meant to travel--our homes.