Japan eyes 4K high-definition broadcasting by 2018

Posted at 09/01/14 12:25 PM

TOKYO - The Japanese government said Friday it plans to start 4K and 8K ultra high-definition broadcasting on BS channels by 2018 before the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said the government will begin test broadcasting in 2016 and move it to full-scale broadcasting as soon as possible to popularize it at home before the big sports event.

Amid an intensifying international competition over the 4K broadcasting, the government hopes to take the lead in the broadcasting and back up technological development and software production by Japanese businesses.

The ministry is considering test-broadcasting 4K and 8K images alternately, according to the day and time, on up to three and one channels, respectively.

The ministry will terminate next March tentative measures to air terrestrial digital broadcasting programs on BS channels for areas where it is difficult to watch them and instead use their wave bands.

CS and Cable television started 4K test broadcasting in June and will begin its full-scale broadcasting next year.