The World Stage

Virtual reality (VR) and 8K is taking center stage as the world turns its attention towards the upcoming 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio. According to recent announcements, the most anticipated sporting event of the year will be partially shot in the aforementioned.

Tower Bridge with the 2012 Olympic rings. Credit: Jolene Creighton/Futruism

For those lucky enough to own an 8K TV, this means they will be able to enjoy watching the Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies (and even some of the most popular sports, such as swimming) in immersive, super high quality (7680 x 4320) with “3D 22.2 channel surround sound.”

In relation to virtual reality, expect most of the major sporting events to be available on this new platform, whether live or on-demand.

This will be the first time the Olympics will be shot in VR, allowing anyone with a compatible headset to enjoy the games and be "virtually transported to the heart of the Olympic action with VR coverage including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and one key event per day,” as OBS, the broadcaster for the event, asserts.

Moving Forward

For the 2016 Rio Olympics, an estimated 7,000 hours of video will be recorded in total, and we will have the addition of approximately 130 hours of VR and 8K quality TV in highlights.

While 4K content is just entering the market, opting to shoot in 8K, despite only currently having one consumer 8K TV available (the Sharp LV-85001, which happens to have a hefty price tag attached to it) implies that they are testing a technology that will be far more accessible in the near future—possibly allowing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to shoot the entire event in remarkably high quality.

Most of the games will be broadcast in 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound around the world.


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