TOKYO Jan 27 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.
The service will begin from communications satellites,
followed by satellite broadcasting and ground digital
broadcasting, the report said.
The 4K TVs, which boast four times the resolution of current
high-definition TVs, are now on sale by Japanese makers
including Sony Corp, Panasonic and Sharp Corp
. Other manufacturers include South Korea's LG
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications had
aimed to kick-start the 4K TV service in 2016. That has been
brought forward to July 2014, when the final match of the 2014
football World Cup is set to take place in Brazil, the Asahi
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.