BBC Takes Part In "Historic" Super HD Transmission

BBC has teamed up with Japanese broadcaster NHK to deliver a Charlatans gig performed in the UK to an audience in Tokyo at a super high resolution.

Not surprisingly, the technology, pioneered by NHK and called Super Hi-Vision, is way better than Full HD, reaching a whopping resolution of 7680x4320 pixels, more than 33 megapixels, 16 times better than 1080p and at least twice that of some professional digital cameras.

The retransmission was the first intercontinental broadcast of its kind and the feed had to be downscaled because there's currently no television set capable of displaying this type of resolution.

Indeed, the Beeb used a prototype 103-inch Plasma television set from Panasonic, which is even better than the £38K TH103PF100 model that is currently one of its biggest models.

Panasonic also has a 152-inch monster screen that can display 4k by 2k resolutions but for some reasons, the BBC hasn't used it.

Even the recording equipment that the beeb used is in development stage, one of only three such cameras worldwide we're told, capable of capturing and transmitting 24Gb (3GB) worth of data per second, that's the equivalent of around two DVDs worth of content every three seconds.

Arguably, some clever algorithms are used to compress the data to a more manageable amount, 350mbps in this case but this is still significantly more than any current network (let alone ISPs) can handle.