TMCNet:  4K HD broadcasting trial service starts in Japan

[June 02, 2014]

4K HD broadcasting trial service starts in Japan

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) An industry body on Monday started a pilot service for 4K ultra high-definition broadcasting, marking the first such television service in Japan.

The Channel 4K, operated by Next Generation Television and Broadcasting Promotion Forum, or NexTV-F, inaugurated the service at 1 p.m. Monday.

The free channel will air contents provided by member TV stations, covering live music, travel and sports programs, for roughly six hours a day during the preliminary period, the organization said.

Viewers need a 4K television, tuner and antenna, and will need to send an application to the operator to watch the channel.

NexTV-F, set up in May 2013 to promote 4K broadcasting, has 62 corporate members consisting mainly of TV stations, electronics makers, ad agencies and trading houses.

The Japanese government is aiming to begin the commercial service for 4K broadcasting in 2016.

(c) 2014 Kyodo News

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