In what’s being described as a milestone by members of the torrenting community, pirate sites have begun sharing the first mainstream rip to offer an incredible 4,320 lines of resolution: the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Broadcast to a lucky few in Japan in 8K Ultra HD by the country’s public broadcaster, NHK, the Tokyo Olympics’ incredibly detailed opening ceremony was quickly picked up by release groups and downloaded by users who were curious about what a native 8K broadcast might look like. Weighing in at a beefy 135 GB, the 8K rip also features a 22.2 surround sound track that bolsters the traditional front, center, side, and LFE channels with various back, top, and bottom sound channels. The amount of people with the proper A/V equipment to take advantage of everything that this 8K rip has to offer is presumably slim, however.
It’s only fitting that NHK’s broadcast is the first 8K mainstream release to get pirated. The Japanese company was the first to start working on 8K video in 1995, which was codenamed “Super Hi-Vision” at the time. NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories also developed 22.2 surround sound.