This whitepaper explores in detail the historical background as well as present and future developments in picture quality.


Picture quality has been the most important topic for everyone involved in video production ever since television broadcasting began in the 1930s.

Decades later, the introduction of UHDTV displays for consumer use triggered the development and standardisation of high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) displays for broadcast applications.

Today, the discussion about the “WOW” factors beyond resolution is still going on… 

David Smith, Technology Manager, Rohde & Schwarz Munich