In-Stat analyst Michelle Abraham predicts HDTVs will be replaced by Ultra High-Definition TVs within 8 to 13 years. The TV industry has proposed two UHD resolutions: 7680 x 4320 pixels (33.1MP) and 3840 x 2160 (8.2MP), considerably higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixel (2MP) resolution offered today. Besides four to sixteen times the resolution of 1080p HD, the new standard will also enable 22.2 multi-channel three-dimensional sound.
“UHD formats provide between four and sixteen times the resolution of Blu-ray or 1080p high definition as well as 22.2 multichannel three-dimensional sound. This is a vast improvement over the currently available end user viewing experience in the home,” said Michelle Abraham, an analyst with In-Stat market research firm.
Just like high-definition did several years ago, UHD will require a brand new infrastructure consisting of new TV-sets and monitors, video players and projectors, audio receivers and speaker systems and, perhaps, even a new optical format to distribute UHD content. Still, it will take a lot of time between HD will be challenged by UHD: the timeframe for the emergence of the latter is believed to be between 2017 and 2022.