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NHK reveals plans for ultra-thin 8K displays

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has unveiled plans to develop a new ‘ultra-thin’ OLED-based 8K display technology at IBC.

The broadcaster is showing a 1mm-thick lightweight OLED display on its stand which it said would ultimately be developed as a plastic rollable screen designed for consumers to pull down and watch 8K images in the home.

An NHK spokeswoman described large, ultra-thin lightweight displays as “the key to 8K in the home” with plans to offer the public pull-down 8K OLEDs, which differ from regular screens by being based on emissive organic light-emitting diode technology with light created by electrical current.

The plastic OLED technology is still in development, with the broadcaster showing 8K footage of this year’s Rio OIympics on a 130-inch display composed of 4×65-inch 4K ultra-thin glass OLED panels.

NHK has also fast-forwarded its plans for 8K broadcasting to 2018 with the PSB currently trialling 8K broadcasts via satellite between 10:00 and 17:00, available in NHK local bureaux, which are open to the public.

The aim is for the 8K satellite broadcast technology from acquisition to post to be rock solid in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.