Sharp's 8k televison delivers 16 times the resolution of full-HD .
By ARJUN KHARPAL, NBC News
(NBC News) - Japanese electronics company Sharp is planning to release the world's first commercially available 8K television in October and it can be yours for 16 million yen, or about $133,000.
8K refers to the television's resolution, which is even sharper than 4K or ultra-high definition (ultra-HD). 8K delivers 16 times the resolution of full-HD (high definition).
Sharp says the TV will go on sale on October 30 and will be an 85-inch set.
But should you rush out and buy this future piece of tech? Probably not, as there is no 8K content to watch.
Japan's public broadcaster is testing long-distance 8K television broadcasts, but isn't aiming to deploy it until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Most companies are only just discussing 4K. BT Sport, a U.K. bundle of television channels, broadcast a soccer match this year in 4K and has one ultra-HD channel that shows matches occasionally. Netflix and Amazon both have a small amount of content in 4K.
And earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its first ultra-HD Blu-ray player. At the same time, Samsung announced that its current "SUHD" brand of TVs would begin supporting high-dynamic-range imaging (HDR) content. LG also unveiled a HDR-capable 4K TV -- seen as the near-term future in the industry.
Sunday, August 20 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-08-20 19:11:20 GMT
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