A new standard for UHDTV or 4K TV has been approved, meaning that we are now closer to getting 4K broadcasts sent across the UK.

The newly approved standard has been dubbed the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification, which has now been approved for Europe by the DVB Steering Board, and will allow for over the air transmission in a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution.

These new broadcasts will also allow for broadcasts at 60Gz, with a colour depth at 10 bits per pixel rather than 8/

This means that there will be a better picture quality, with a new range of colours, higher frame rates, and of course double the resolution.

The new standard will also use HEVC as the compression system, which is the same as Netflix, and is already supported by the latest generation 4K TVs, and will offer double the compression rate when compared to MPEG-4/H.264.

Finally the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification will be delivered to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, which is a not-for-profit body that is expected to formally standardise the new spec.

The Blu-ray Association will also be working on a new standard that will fit 4K files onto discs by the end of this year.

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