NHK to provide Tokyo 2020 coverage in 8K: The organizers have decided to use helicopters equipped with 8K cameras to broadcast both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 games in 8K UHD. The live telecast of the 8K will be available for the everyday event from 24th July to 9th August (Olympics) and 25th August to 6th September (Paralympics).
The Tokyo 2021 Olympics Summer and Paralympics Games will be telecasted live by Japanese broadcaster NHK in 8K across all seven disciplines.
The seven Olympic events – Athletics, Swimming, Judo, Football, Table Tennis, Badminton, and Volleyball will be covered by NHK.
Four Paralympics events – Athletics, Swimming, badminton, and Wheelchair rugby will be telecasted in 8K. It will be for the first time, the games will be covered in 8K format.
A statement released by NHK states “We are preparing the highest standards of broadcast and service for our viewers.”
Also, speakers from NHK at the SMPTE 2019 mentioned, how the broadcaster had developed its own 8K camera system to showcase the event in high resolution. It is for the first time in the history of the Olympics, the entire event will be broadcasted in 8K. Also, it was at the Rio Olympics, NHK showcased the world’s first 8K TV broadcasts, testing its ‘Super Hi-Vision’ technology.
The ongoing corona virus pandemic is likely to affect the broadcasting, as according to the New York Times reports, World Health Organizations (WHO) have held discussions with Olympic Organisers over the possibility of commencing the games without any audiences attending at the venues. Japan’s Olympic minister is of the view that the games could not be canceled and the chances are they can be postponed as long as Olympics games are held in Tokyo.