4K TV Broadcast in Japan Could Start in July 2014
The Ultra High Definition TVs are already being pegged the next big thing in the world of television though there is also no denying the fact, there still lacks adequate content to be viewed on the super high resolution TVs. While broadcast in the 4K format was earlier slated for a 2016 debut, Japan has stated they are working hard to bring forward that date to just July 2014. What this means is that viewers switching over to the new format can enjoy the remaining stages of the World Cup in Brazil in 4K format.
“The road map for starting 4K broadcasts, along with budgetary issues, is being discussed now, with a view to officially announcing the plans in March or April,” said Sumiko Ishimaru, on behalf of the satellite broadcast division of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Broadcasting in the 4K format will typically require more bandwidth and the plan is to initially use the satellite channels for the new format. In doing so, Japan will become the first country in the world to start broadcasting in 4K, beating its nearest technology rival South Korea in offering the next gen TV viewing experience. Japan’s homegrown TV manufacturers too will benefit immensely from the move as this would naturally stimulate demand for Ultra HD TVs. Manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp all have 4K TVs in their product line-up.
Public Broadcaster in Japan, NHK has also been working on the more advanced 8K Super Hi-Vision system. The format has been slated for a release in 2020 though that too has been brought forward to around 2016. 8K broadcast will comprise of a staggering 16 million pixels which is considered to be the limit of what the human eye can process. Current TV broadcasts comprises of 2 million pixels while 4K will increase that to 8 million pixels.