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.
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?
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.
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. :)