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What is 8K? 8K TV Really Better than IMAX?

Workers of film and television filming have always been taking great efforts on stunning visual effects. From the groundbreaking Star Wars to the sensational Avatar, then 2012, Gravity to Furious 7, George Lucas, James Cameron and other Hollywood directors all devote themselves to provide us with a visual feast, constantly revolutionizing Hollywood's visual effects. And cinema attracts more and more attention from customers. Moviegoers, that's what we call them.

Well, how about TV producers? Any move? First of all, they released the 4K TV, being on par with IMAX. That's just the very beginning. Recently, Japan announces that they set about to carry out 8K digital TV signal in 2024, which ensures us that what we see on 8K display TV is even sharper and better than IMAX in cinema. What is 8K? Does 8K TV really excel IMAX with respect to visual effects?

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Part 1-What is 8K? (8K vs 4K vs 2K vs FHD

What is 8K? What is 8K TV? It's too boring to explain 8K with various professional specifications for you, for it's really hard to understand. So I prefer the comparison method to illustrate you "What is 8K". Just as the old saying goes, comparison tells you the difference. Here I compare 8K with 2K, 4K, Full HD 1080P, majority of which are familiar to you so as to better digest the newcomer 8K.

8K vs 4K vs 2K vs 1080P
8K vs 4K vs 2K vs 1080P

Take away the part of 8K resolution history, and let's cut to the chase. When you watch movies or TV shows on a full HD TV with 1080P, you can see the image with 2.07 million pixels; you will watch the video picture with 2.21 million pixels for the traditional digital cinema with 2K resolution; and you can enjoy the much sharper image with 8.85 million pixels in IMAX 4K cinema. More incredibly, 8K resolution (7680×4320) is 16 times bigger than 1080P FHD and 4 times as many as 4K UHD. See the picture on the right.

What is 8K and 8K Advantage Compared with 4K 1080P?

Here I shows you the basic specifications of 8K TV, some of which might not be your cup of tea. If you are not interested in my rant, scroll down to where you want to stay for deeper understanding about what is 8K resolution.




1080P FHD

Official name

ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020

ITU-R Recommendation BT.2020

ITU-R Recommendation BT.709


7680 x 4320

4096 x 2160

1920 x 1080

Aspect Ratio




Color Space

Rec. 2020

Rec. 2020

Rec. 709

Frame Rate





Only Progressive

Only Progressive


Audio Channels




PS: Rec. 2022 shows more tolerance to Ultra HDTV, allowing frame rates of 120p, 60p, 59.94p, 50p, 30p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, and 23.976p. One more thing: only progressive frame rates are allowed.

8K vs 4K vs 2K vs 1080P: Another Advantage of 8K

Another advantage of 8K high definition display is to have each pixel be indistinguishable from another to the human eye from a much closer distance. Based on the NHK, the ideal viewing distance is 0.75x the height of the display and the viewing angle for 8K is 100°, which brings much more exciting effects than 2K 4K with 55°viewing angle. (Below the table will show the specific distance according to the 8K TV size.)

8K TV Size

42 inches

65 inches

85 inches

100 inches

240 inches

600 inches

Viewing distance (inches)







Viewing distance (feet)







Best 8K Video Downloader to get 8K Resolution Contents

No matter 8K TV is better than IMAX or not, now it still needs some time to enter our ordinary people's life. So the common way we access to 8K content is YouTube 8K video, which we can easily get downloaded from YouTube and watch YouTube 8K videos, 8K movies on iMac 8K, iPhone iPad Android under the assistance of a solid 8K video downloader - MacX Video Converter Pro. This video downloader for 8K can free download 8K videos with world's fastest speed (Intel QSV supported) and lossless quality reserved, not only from YouTube, but also Facebook, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vevo, Metacafe, etc. over 300 video sharing sites.

Part 2-Where to Download 8K Videos Movies?

download YouTube 8K videos
download YouTube 8K videos

Even if 8K Ultra HD is extraordinary, there is no 8K content like 8K movies, 8K videos, and the existence of 8K is meaningless. So for common customers, where to download 8K videos movies and enjoy 8K content is the key point. Until now, YouTube is the paradise for you to watch 8K videos online or download 8K videos offline, where you are free to get any 8K videos, short films download and also upload your own 8K videos if possible.

To free download 8K videos from YouTube, MacX Video Converter Pro is the best of bunch to accomplish this task, with 30 seconds to end the YouTube 8K video download mission. In addition, it also acts perfect as a 8K video converter to convert 8K videos to MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, MP3, iPhone Ringtone or directly to your iPhone XS/X/8/7/6S/Plus/6/6 Plus/5S, iPad mini 4/Air 2, all Android Microsoft Google devices without affecting any quality.

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Part 3-What is the Purpose of 8K Resolution?

What can 8K resolution be used for? In the first place, it can be widely used in TV. See, in 2013, Sharp has already announced the world's first 8K resolution LCD TV in CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Besides, 8K UHD can also be applied in projector, like JVC DLA-VS4800, which produces a fascinating screen effects, quite impressive. But it costs a lot, up to $0.261 million, a startling number to ordinary consumers. Last, we can image than its application can also be accessible to cinema screen, computer monitor, outdoor displays or even mobile screen, etc.

Watch 8k videos on Mac/Windows
Watch 8k videos on Mac/Windows

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Part 4- Development Prospect of 8K Resolution

The advent of any new technology will endure a long time to be accepted widely and thoroughly. 4K TV has been through this, and so does 8K TV. Since 8K resolution has advantages in screen effects, it represents the development direction of the next TV video technology. So 8K resolution will replace the dominating position of 4K UHD and has a bright future. Meanwhile, there is still large room for current 8K for growth.

    high price of 8K products
    high price of 8K products
  1. Related 8K products are high in price. The rarer a thing is, the more it is worth. Nowadays, 8K products is far away from mass production so that the related 8K products are very precious and also expensive.
  2. Lack in photographic equipment. The real 8K videos or movies are generated by the professional 8K camera and other 8K movie editing tools. Yet, the relevant photographic equipments are resource-poor, which results in the shortage of real 8K videos movies.
  3. 8K video storage space
    8K video storage space
  4. High demand in storage space. We found that the 1-min length 8K video will capture 194 GB storage space when using JVC Super Hi-Vision camera to capture 8K video. It's no doubt an incredible challenge for no matter Blu ray disc, or TV signal.
  5. High standard on bandwidth. I has upgraded my bandwidth from 8M to 20M and try to download 8K video with 8GB file size, guess what? It takes me over 1 hour to finish the 8K video download task. So if you wanna download 8K videos movies, speed up your network as much as possible.

If you patiently read this whole article, I bet you have a basic understanding about what is 8K and 8K TV. Of course, it's impossible to cover all the information about 8K resolution in just one post, and providing you wanna make some supplementary, welcome to contact us and share with us.

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Candice Liu

Candice's particularly skilled in writing and sharing video-related contents. Her guides cover from deep-seated video/audio parameters, to media entertainment on different platforms. She also enjoys shooting and processing videos by herself for a more reliable basis of informative info with her articles, which are never at the expense of eliminating an entertaining read.