Looks like HD broadcast in 1920×1080 is going into oblivion. According to BBC News, 8K broadcasts in the resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels – roughly the equivalent of a 32 megapixel photo is being approved by UN Agency.

That is 16 times as sharp as current HD TVs offering about 2MP resolutions.

Japanese broadcaster NHK showed off the technology in London during the Olympics, where audiences said it gave them a sense of being at the events.

The firm has developed three cameras that can captures the higher resolution – which it calls Super Hi-Vision – at 120 frames per second.

By contrast the BBC currently broadcasts HD TV programmes at 25 fps.