Japan test-broadcasts super HD television technology
phys.org reports that Japan on Monday began test broadcasts of satellite television programmes in 4K, as major firms including Sony and Sharp bet on the super high-definition technology to rescue their embattled TV units.
A consortium of major broadcasters, TV manufacturers and communications firms rolled out the test across the country of 128 million, a move that comes with Tokyo’s backing as it looks to boost the competitiveness of the world’s number three economy.
The technology has four times the resolution of standard high-definition televisions, but high prices have so far limited commercial sales of 4K-equipped televisions.
“I think it’s wonderful that 4K broadcasting through a satellite will be available in households nationwide for the first time in the world,” said Yoko Kamikawa, vice minister of the Internal Affairs and Communication Ministry, as the test started.