Cameras at this year’s NAB Show will prominently feature 4K resolution, but gear with high dynamic range (HDR) may be in sharper focus. That’s due to uncertainty about the speed at which broadcasters will roll out the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard needed to support 4K, and an increasingly common belief that 1080p HD plus HDR may be sufficient for the foreseeable future.
“No question, during the past year there’s been just a tremendous amount of head-scratching in the broadcast community,” says Larry Thorpe, Canon senior fellow. “The ATSC has completed the new transmission standards and it’s been approved by the FCC, so in theory, they could start now, but there’s quite a bit of hesitancy.”
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