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A million 8K TVs to ship worldwide by 2019

IHS reveals insight suggesting 8K TV shipments will experience significant growth in next four years

Global analysis firm IHS has released insight indicating that there could be up to a million 8K Ultra HD TV sets being shipped globally by 2019.

The intelligence sees the 8K broadcasting of the 2020 Olympics in Japan as the major catalyst for a “new round of resolution increases”, despite the fact that “shipments have not yet started in serious commercial volumes.”

Indeed, shipments of 8K UHD resolution (7680 x 4320 pixels) TVs will grow from the current (2015) annual level of 2,700, to a more than significant 911,000 by 2019, with the majority of take-up being seen in China. “We can be confident that a combination of enhanced local panel production and consumers eager for the latest technology will make China the driving factor in 8K television growth,” said Paul Gray, principal analyst for HIS in an official release.

“The biggest inhibitor to the growth of 8K TV will be consumer screen size preferences. 8K requires a very large screen or the higher resolution becomes invisible at normal viewing distances. The average screen size in the TV market has grown by an inch each year over the past decade, but it is still a long haul before sizes over 70 inches become commonplace.”