Sports high definition

HD television has an illustrious history since its introduction in the late 1990s. Though news channels were the first to use it, sports broadcasters quickly adopted it for premium sporting content. Most dedicated sports and pay-per-view channels now use it to transmit their exclusive programs due to its high resolution.

What is HD (High definition resolution)?

HD is the term digital technology experts use to describe content that fits more than 480 pixels high when displayed. Typically, the word HD denotes a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The term 720p is the short form for this type of display. The brighter version of HD, also known as Full HD (FHD), has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is denoted by 1080p. Both HD and FHD display sharper images than the Standard Definition (SD), which has a resolution of 640×480 pixels.
Below is a comprehensive list of the full range of HD resolutions available on the market.

5K 5120 x 2880
4K 3840 x 2160
Ultra HD (UHD) 3840 x 2160
Quad HD (QHD) 2560 x 1440
2K 2560 x 1440
WUXGA 1920 x 1200
Full HD (FHD) or 1080p 1920 x 1080
HD or 720p 1280 x 720

Most screens come with a preset resolution, which they cannot exceed. You should always buy display devices whose resolution matches that of the HD content you want to watch. For best results, always buy screens that are FHD. Also, note that most computing and mobile devices come with a 4K screen resolution so they will display highly refined images.

Why you should watch sports in HD

If you love sports, then you should watch them on HD channels because it is the best way to enjoy sporting content. The first national broadcast using HD was Super Bowl 34 on ABC in 2000. Since then, many sporting channels adopted technology to improve the quality of content they delivered to viewers.

Today you can watch premium sporting content on TV using a high-resolution device. If you are into streaming, there is plenty of HD sporting content to sample. From match highlights on YouTube to live streaming services such as NBC sports, HD provides an unrivaled viewing experience.

In the past, it was cinema that debuted the most revolutionary video formats such as the VHS. However, sporting content has since replaced movies in introducing video innovations. Therefore, it is likely that the next version of Ultra HD will be used to broadcast a live sporting event. As a sports fan, you are well placed to be among the first to witness the next digital revolution.

The future of HD

Today the most entrenched HD display is the 4K, which is used by major sport streaming channels such as Sky Sports. Currently, broadcasters transmit 4K signals at 50 frames per second (fps). However, live sporting content will likely be broadcast at 100 fps rising to 150fps as the demand for slick images increase. Such content will need to be captured with ports that are better than the HDMI 2.0 used on most TV sets. Already NHK of Japan has experimented with 8K Ultra HD format, which is 16 times more detailed than Full HD. They plan to use it at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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