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Japan to start 4K TV broadcast in July 2014

The Japanese government is set to launch the world's first 4K TV broadcast in July 2014, roughly two years ahead of schedule, to help stir demand for ultra high-definition televisions, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday without citing sources.

By:REUTERS
| Updated on: Jan 28 2013, 11:50 IST
People use their smartphones to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues on a BTS train in Bangkok. A recent Facebook-sponsored study shows smartphone owners are often connected all day. People can be found glued to their smartphones even while crossing the street, creating a disconnect with their immediate surroundings. AFP Photo
People use their smartphones to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues on a BTS train in Bangkok. A recent Facebook-sponsored study shows smartphone owners are often connected all day. People can be found glued to their smartphones even while crossing the street, creating a disconnect with their immediate surroundings. AFP Photo
People use their smartphones to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues on a BTS train in Bangkok. A recent Facebook-sponsored study shows smartphone owners are often connected all day. People can be found glued to their smartphones even while crossing the street, creating a disconnect with their immediate surroundings. AFP Photo


The service will begin from communications satellites, followed by satellite broadcasting and ground digital broadcasting, the report said.

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The 4K TVs, which boast four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs, are now on sale by Japanese makers including Sony Corp (6758.T), Panasonic (6752.T) and Sharp Corp (6753.T). Other manufacturers include South Korea's LG Electronics (066570.KS).

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In Japan, the development of super high-definition 8K TVs is in progress, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications plans to launch the test 8K TV broadcast in 2016, two years ahead of schedule, it said.

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First Published Date: 27 Jan, 12:35 IST
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