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Visual media has always needed technology. Not just for its development, but for its very existence.

Even the kinetoscope was cutting edge for its time.

But what’s the cutting edge technology of today? Or, more importantly, what’s the cutting edge technology of the future?

And what changes will it bring for video?

Let’s look at a few contenders.

Light twisting

Networks that use fibre optic connectivity are available in most industrialised nations.

Building this infrastructure will cost the UK government £830 million – but it will mean that Britain will have the best digital network in Europe by 2015.

This is a costly investment – and not one that will be made again for a long time.

So any technological improvements that take place within networking have to take place within this infrastructure.

Please welcome twisting light.

Using the fibre optic network that already exists, the beam of light that carries the data is twisted.

This means more data can be transferred at faster speeds.

And when I says faster speeds, I really do mean faster speeds!

New Scientist reports that this new technology will raise typical transfer speeds to 1 terabit per second.

This is a 500,000 percent increase on the average transfer rate of 50 megabits per second that a current fibre optic infrastructure can provide.


Ultra High Definition video (or UHD)

With it using 16 times the amount of pixels that are used for True 1080 High Definition video, the image is that UHD produces is of IMAX standard.

Most recently, UHD was used at the London 2012 Olympics – where footage was broadcast on giant screens in both London and Japan.

And, though it’s still in the relatively early stages of development, High Def Digest report that UHD televisions and monitors will be available for purchase by 2017.

So, the futures clear – 16 times more clearer than today to be precise!

Internet Protocol Television (or IPTV)

IPTV exists today – it’s just not the broadcast standard yet.

If your television comes with Netflix or BBC IPlayer – or if your Sky Box comes with Sky Anytime – or if you have a similar service that requires an online connection, then you have IPTV.

It’s just that at the moment you’re sharing your IPTV with traditional broadcast television – as bandwidth limitations means it’s not yet possible to send every channel through the internet.

Twisting fibre optic light will change all this, meaning we’ll be able to select what we want to watch – and when and where we want to watch it.

Television and web video will become one and the same thing – and TV will truly be on demand.

The changes that technology will bring to video

So, the technology that will become standard in the not too distant future will enable us to watch:

> Whatever video we want to watch

> As and when we want to watch

> On a television screen that’s of a similar quality to IMAX.

It’s getting better all the time!

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