4K, 8K Broadcasting Fully Starts in Japan

Politics Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)--So-called 4K and 8K ultrahigh-definition satellite television broadcasting in Japan fully started at 10 a.m. on Saturday (1 a.m. GMT) while the penetration of TV sets supporting the services has remained slow.

Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, and some commercial broadcasters certified by the communications ministry launched the 4K and higher-definition 8K services on a total of 17 channels.

An event to mark the start of the broadcast services was held at a hotel in Tokyo the same day, with participants including actress Kyoko Fukada, communications minister Masatoshi Ishida, Ryoichi Ueda, president of NHK, the nation's public broadcaster, and Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association President Yoshio Okubo

"We're determined to offer highest-standard TV broadcast services in 2020," Ueda said.

"To make a success of the 4K and 8K services, we need to create attractive programs," Okubo, also president of Nippon Television Network Corp. said.

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