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Olympics to Be Broadcast in Super Hi-Vision in Some Cities

It feels like just yesterday that we were caught up in all the excitement of the Winter Olympics, but almost two years has passed since the 2010 winter games, which means it's nearly time for the Summer Olympics to take the stage. Set to take place in next year, the venue for 2012 is London. However, for those of us that can't make it to London to watch the games live, there's going to be plenty of options for taking in the action. One of which is super hi-vision public screenings for select cities in the U.S., Japan and the United Kingdom.

For those unaware, Super Hi-Vision is an ultra high definition format that, according to Engadget, won't hit homes for another few years. That said, the Olympics is a rather special occasion. Engadget reports that the NHK and BBC have confirmed that there will be some SHV public screenings select UK, Japanese and US cities. At the moment, it looks like there will be four locations in the UK and three in Japan but just one in the U.S., in Washington D.C.

It's a pity we're not going to be getting more than one screening. Then again, we're willing to bet people will travel from out-of-state to see their favorite sports in 33-megapixel video and 22.2 channel surround sound. Roll on, 2012.

  • I remember.. something like this already happened in china / japan couple of years ago.
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  • assasin32
    Hmm time flies I remember watching the winter olympics like it was yesterday. And the summer olympics hoping that Phelps would bring home another gold. We're already talking bout 2012 olympics now, speaking of which I think I need a new calender mine still says November...2009.
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  • alidan
    higher than 1080p wont be hitting home market for 10 ish years (aside from computers) just wondering, if you are to view the tv this will be brodcasted on, would it realistically be any better than 1080p? because im guessing you will be 30-40 feet away at best.
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  • icepick314
    how about getting webcast easy FIRST then worry about super duper HD broadcasting?

    not EVERYONE will be glued on front of a TV...it would be awesome to watch the games while at work, coffee shops, or even local library's wifi?
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  • dreamer77dd
    It sounds like a beta test. I rather super high def TV then 3D. It like looking threw a window when you see 8k definition. You can be up close and not think it is a TV. Video games would be amazing. I want the resolution to pass my PC monitor so I have the same resolution in my living room and play my pc games with amazing graphics, and just grin with joy.
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  • torque79
    How about we eliminate 3/4 of the 1000 TV channels on a typical provider so there's enough bandwidth for them all to broadcast HD exclusively? I'm so tired of HD being a "premium service" when it's just the new standard, like colour vs black and white. Even "HD" channels in Canada still broadcast lots of SD material, it's maddening.

    The Olympics are really the perfect broadcast to show off HD. I was so impressed by the quality of the broadcasting in 2010. Hopefully it helps further adoption.
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  • back_by_demand
    alidanhigher than 1080p wont be hitting home market for 10 ish years (aside from computers) just wondering, if you are to view the tv this will be brodcasted on, would it realistically be any better than 1080p? because im guessing you will be 30-40 feet away at best.Public screening tend to be on mahoosive screen anyway, so it will be the same as watching 4K cinema
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  • clonazepam
    Ultra High Definition huh? So first pony up the $1k to $5k for the LASIK procedure, then invest in the hardware... hehe... Maybe this tech will make LASIK more popular and more affordable. It's worth every penny. I was blind as a bat before having custom Lasik, and rose up off the table with 20/15 in less than 3 minutes procedure.
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  • mcd023
    22megapixel. ooooooo. isn't 1080p 2.2MP? sounds great!! wish I could go see that
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  • Catsrules
    33megapixel? what resolution is that compared to 1080p? Like around 7680x4320 resolution?

    So I would just need to get 4 30" 1080p monitors to make up my 60" tv, at 7680x4320 then just use a computer with some nice video cards to watch the Olympus.
    22.2 surround sound, crap I don't think I could even fit 24 speakers in my tv room. :)
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