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.
As hyped as it’s been at this year’s CES, ultra high definition 4K television has been a technology searching for a reason to exist. But a panel Thursday agreed that UHD is essential for bringing the cinema experience into the home.
The consumer electronics industry is looking to shed the glasses and provide TV pictures that are sharper and brighter than HDTV.
By December, U.S. stores will sell a TV set with four times the resolution of today’s best HDTVs, Sony Corp. said Wednesday. The set will measure 84 inches on the diagonal, making the screen area four times as large as the common 42-inch set.
Ultra high definition television (UHDTV) or Super Hi-Vision, an 8K system that delivers 16 times the resolution of current HD technology, is set to be approved by the International Telecommunication Union as the next-generation global television format.