Ultra HD, or 4K, is getting bigger and badder as time goes on – where at CES we saw European TV network, Eutelsat, launch the first-ever 4K TV channel. This channel is only for experimental and demonstration purposes, it’ll pave the way for the future of 4K TV broadcasting. Case in point: Japan is planning on launching 4K TV broadcasts in July 2014, which is two years ahead of schedule.
According to a report from the Asahi Shimbun, the 4K transmissions will first begin using communication satellite channels before moving to broadcast satellites, with digital broadcasting arriving at a later date. Not a lot of details are available at this point, but it should only be a matter of time before we hear more about 4K TV broadcasting.
However, the report notes that the 4K broadcast is set to be up and running by the time the final match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks off, which will no doubt excite avid soccer fans in Japan. Plus, since 4K broadcasts are running two years ahead of schedule, they’re also planning to move up 8K broadcasts as well.