The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are to be covered in 8K, with footage also captured for Virtual Reality (VR) users.
Parts of the Games will be covered in 8K for Japan,which, considering the lack of 8K sets on the market, is expected to be a trial run, with hopes to provide UHD coverage of Tokyo 2020.
Select events will also be shot in 4K. Down-converted from 8K signals, the footage will be made available to client broadcasters of the Olympic Broadcast Committee (OBC) for testing and evaluation of 4K broadcast feasibility.
It is, however, unlikely that the 4K signals will be shown to consumers.
In total, around 130 hours of 8K footage will be viewed in Japan, and will include the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as some coverage of judo, football, swimming and basketball.
OBC also plans to experiment with Wider Colour Gamut ad High Dynamic Range technologies at the Games.