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    South Korea has like 6 or 8G phone service. The Olympics will be filmed and shown in 8K while 4K is barely known here.

    The Rio Olympics open this weekend, and Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, will for the first time broadcast some events in 8K. While the technology to view “Super High Vision” content at home isn’t commercially available just yet, public viewing events will be held around Japan and Brazil.
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    The 2016 Olympic are being shown in USA in 4K in USA on directv.
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    • #3
      Didn't read the article, but if there are two countries that are heavily enmeshed in tech of the video variety, Japan and S. Korea would be on the list. That is a large industrial base for those countries, and to the extent proliferation of advanced "tech" requires government cooperation or involvement, I would think they would have it. Here, standards setting alone is an arduous process, right? Content providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, big data, all have a say. Plus, we are way larger geographically. Some cities in the States have mega-pipes for Internet, others, still DSL? Cable is still dominant in the US, though that will change, largely b/c the consumer is fed up w/ paying the price for stuff they don't want, not because the companies are innovating: those set-top boxes are basically old designs with added software that are kiudgey as hell. The Amazon Fire TV (or any of those streaming boxes) can deliver far more ergonomic interaction/user interface in a package that is not much bigger than a remote control itself. But, you have to have a connection to the Internet. So, you either get the all in with phone, TV and Internet for, say $100 (really much more). Or just Internet for 99.95. (Plus tax and surcharges, of course).

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      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        We just seem to stuck in the LCD category. Wasn't always like that for technology. And remember a lot of the cost for the conversion to HD was underwritten by Sony, Mitsubushi, etc.

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      Given sufficient funds, infrastructure development is more readily attained with strong central government planning. For a variety of reasons, US central govt is not so strong as that in certain Asian countries. Witness the development of sophisticated rail systems in China/Japan and elsewhere. Only way I see for US infrastructure to scale up is to have central govt view said infrastructure as military in nature and thus supporting the #1 US national business of militarism. We all remember the Interstate highway system as having its roots in national defense, don't we? The USA infrastructure problem is not mainly lack of funds or inconvenient geography but different (wrong, IMO) national priorities.
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      • #5
        Originally posted by Goheelz View Post
        Given sufficient funds, infrastructure development is more readily attained with strong central government planning. For a variety of reasons, US central govt is not so strong as that in certain Asian countries. Witness the development of sophisticated rail systems in China/Japan and elsewhere. Only way I see for US infrastructure to scale up is to have central govt view said infrastructure as military in nature and thus supporting the #1 US national business of militarism. We all remember the Interstate highway system as having its roots in national defense, don't we? The USA infrastructure problem is not mainly lack of funds or inconvenient geography but different (wrong, IMO) national priorities.
        Without getting political about it, Google (whatever you think of them, I will not comment) is wiring Austin with superfast (and apparently cheap) internet pipes. The issues about providing free wi-fi nodes for others along the way, and whatever privacy/data collection issues lurk, elude me for the moment, but when I get there and get hooked up, I'll know more. My point is that while government does have to be involved- at a minimum, you need some sort of "right of way" along with other approvals, private industry can build. Sort of like what's been happening in the space program, where we had huge commitments from government that enabled private industry to build; now, NASA is no longer doing what it once did, but the privateers are trying to fill the gap. Agreed that it is much easier if there is strong central government, for whatever that is worth, + or -.

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        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          Didn't I read somewhere that Austin is a test site for supranormal connections? But some of the cost is being unwritten by Austin too?

      • #6
        Well maybe its the overall scale of providing content to a country the size of the US as compared to say Japan. The infrastructure and the amount of broadcast and cable provider equipment and set top boxes could cost considerable to even offer 4k or even 8x throughout the US. .
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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          does the train ride smooth at 150-200 mph? if not, I don't think I would ride one.

        • cpp
          cpp commented
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          JC its amazing how smooth it is as compared to the wobbly tracks in the US. After a few minutes you really don't realize your moving at over 150mph. Of course looking out the windows is rather difficult unless like a race car driver you start looking ahead to catch that next object in view.

        • MylesBAstor
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          Smooth as a baby's butt. And quiet.
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