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The Japanese government plans to launch commercial broadcasting in 4K resolution in mid-2014 and start test broadcasting in 8K resolution sometimes in 2016. While initially ultra high-definition (UHD) broadcasting will hardly be a thing for the masses, eventually it promises to become more widespread.

Japan's ministry of internal affairs and communications plans to establish the first broadcasting in 4K UHD resolution by the middle of the world’s football cup 2014. Those who are fond of soccer and own 4K UHDTVs will be able to enjoy the game in ultra-detailed and pristine quality. The government has specifically brought 4K broadcasting forward by around two years. The service will begin from communications satellites, followed by satellite broadcasting and ground digital broadcasting, reports Reuters news-agency citing Asahi news-paper.

Apparently, the Japanese TV-stations will not stop with 4K. Already in 2016 Japan Broadcasting Corp. NKH plans to test the broadcast in 8K (also known as Super Hi-Vision [SHV]) resolution, which is a much more complex technology than the 4K.

4K UHDTVs are currently available at the prices of around $20000 per unit from LG Electronics, Sony Corp., Panaconic Corp. and Sharp Corp.

Eutelsat Communications earlier in January announced it is launching a dedicated demonstration ultra HD channel for Europe on the Eutelsat 10A satellite. The first transmissions of content filmed in 4K have started earlier this month.

Eutelsat’s new channel is designed to benefit all actors in the broadcasting chain who want to acquire expertise in 4K, including production companies, pay-TV operators, rights owners and TV set manufacturers. The new channel will operate in progressive mode at 50fps. It will be encoded in MPEG-4 and transmitted at 40Mb/s in four quad HD streams. Eutelsat is partnering with Ateme, a video compression solution provider to the broadcast industry, for the transmissions that will be uplinked to the Eutelsat 10A satellite from its teleport in Rambouillet, near Paris.

Tags: 4K, UHD, UHDTV, HDTV, Eutelsat, NHK, Super Hi-vision, 8K


Comments currently: 6
Discussion started: 01/30/13 11:43:59 AM
Latest comment: 01/31/13 03:11:13 PM
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To editor - the title and the first paragraph do not agree with each other.
0 0 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 01/30/13 11:43:59 AM]
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Thanks, corrected!
0 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 01/30/13 11:12:27 PM]

Good gawd: 8K broadcast testing? [dies massively] As if 4K isn't enough they are almost going beyond what the human eye can see in terms of resolution.
0 1 [Posted by: thudo  | Date: 01/30/13 12:14:37 PM]

UHDTV looks great, but $20,000 ??
1 0 [Posted by: poker77  | Date: 01/30/13 07:11:06 PM]

Yeah 8K might seems an overkill, but 4K definitely isn't. Just out of curiosity I've checked some 4K videos on the web, and the quality is amazing even when viewed on a 1080p screen. The difference is quite visible compared to HD, so in my opinion it wont be really necessary to upgrade to a 4K TV set to view in very high quality 4K videos...
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/31/13 02:33:24 AM]
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Hi, sorry but this is nonsense.

The point of higher resolutions is to resolve more pixels.

Encoding at 4k is not a way of getting better encoding quality for a 1080p.

Encoding at 4k resoultion uses space to store details (subpixels) that cannot be displayed on a 1080p screen.

At any bitrate, encoding at 1080p will give better results on a 1080p screen.

What you are actually finding is that 1080p is a very good resolution, and the video you are used to seeing in 1080p has not fully exploited its resolution, whereas high quality demo samples show it at its best.
0 0 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 01/31/13 03:11:13 PM]


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