We’re not sure if anyone actually needs a 145” plasma TV with 8k x 4k resolution, but Panasonic and NHK have teamed up and produced one such prototype. This is a one of a kind display that we will supposedly see one day when broadcasts eventually move towards a higher resolution – when will that be? It’s hard to say but it’s definitely good to know that there is technology already available that can support it. How both companies managed to achieve this behemoth was thanks to the use of a new drive method for the display. This new method basically scans pixels vertically which will provide uniform picture quality. It does not appear to be on sale, but we’d hate to think just how much it might cost if it were. NHK also expressed their plans to show it off at its open house come May. [Press release]

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