Japan to start 4K broadcasts in July 2014

Japan will start the world’s first 4K (Ultra High-Definition) television broadcasts in July 2014 – two years ahead of schedule and in time for the football World Cup, according to local reports.

The Asahi Times writes that the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has issued a directive to this effect, with the first transmissions to be delivered by satellite, followed by transmissions on the country’s DTT platform at a later stage.

London-based professional services firm Deloitte recently issued a report predicting that 2013 will be a “landmark year” for 4K television, with more compatible television sets arriving on the market, new content becoming available, and test broadcasts starting in a number of countries.

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