- Nausea. This basic side effect would be the result of sitting too close to a TV screen broadcasting at 8k. The more complex reasons are because the movement on an Ultra High-Definition DVD is faster than we have now--hence tampering with a person’s perceptions and potentially throwing off their equilibrium.
- In technical terms, it means Ultra High-Definition broadcasts at 60 frames-per-second, a movement that most people can’t handle in large doses. Watching a movie at home on an Ultra High-Definition DVD at this movement rate could also potentially be psychologically damaging with the intense realism. Ultimately, it depends on how big your TV screen is.
What other countries are bringing an Ultra High-Definition international standard?
Japan isn’t the only country experimenting with this technology. Great Britain also started giving demonstrations at conventions in the last few years. Italy has also, and all three are teaming up to set up an international standard to make Ultra High-Definition a reality before 2015.
Setting up an international standard, though, is about as challenging as it was back in the day when the thought of a higher resolution DVD seemed out of reach. But the immense compression rates that Ultra High-Definition needs to have in order to become a reality is already on a shorter road to reality than anything before. The problem of how much power it would take (approx. 2400 Giga Operations per Second) to sustain a TV broadcast or watch a movie on DVD in the format gets the exclamation point of being impossible.
Nevertheless, the confidence is there that it’ll be usable in media by the second decade of the 21st century.
Would consumers ditch Blu-Ray for Ultra High-Definition?
The answer to the above is dependent on the economy in America and the world. At the time of this writing, the world economy doesn’t look rosy, so an adamant push of Ultra High-Definition by three major countries seems more a pipe dream. That doesn’t mean it won’t become reality and evolve into a major push by its creators and retailers to get consumers to switch over to Ultra High-Definition discs.
When it comes to persuading consumers to switch, the high-definition industry knows that the public isn’t necessarily afraid to shelve any prior format for the sake of having a profound and collective experience with entertainment.