Japan Moves Forward to Air 8K Broadcasts by 2018
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced an update to its timetable for the switch to 4K-resolution and 8K-resolution broadcasts at a meeting on August 29. The Ministry announced it is two years ahead of schedule and that it now expects 8K "super high vision" broadcasts to start in 2018.
The ministry also stated that both CS and BS satellite television system will test run programs at 8K beginning in 2016.
The new plan outlines practical 4K broadcasts to start on CS in March 2015. BS will begin testing up to three channels at 4K resolution and one channel at 8K resolution in 2016. Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and cable television (CATV) will also start testing 4K in 2016.
The ministry aims to spur demand for new televisions that offer four times the pixels of the current "full high vision" standard (Japanese for 1080p HDTV). 8K resolution will offer 16 times the pixels of current HD televisions.