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Japan To Pioneer 4K Broadcast TV In 2014
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Japan To Pioneer 4K Broadcast TV In 2014

Jan 28 2013, 4:00am CST | by

Ultra high-definition TV programming on the way

In just 18 months, Japan will be the first country in the world to broadcast live TV programming in the newest and greatest standard of consumer display technology - 4K. It's like high definition,...

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Japan To Pioneer 4K Broadcast TV In 2014

Jan 28 2013, 4:00am CST | by

Ultra high-definition TV programming on the way

In just 18 months, Japan will be the first country in the world to broadcast live TV programming in the newest and greatest standard of consumer display technology - 4K. It's like high definition, but on steroids.

Back in the days of black-and-white TV, people knew that some day there would be color TV. When that transformation happened, viewers were still plagued with unclear pictures and bulky TV sets. Then came the revolution of all media revolutions - high definition. At that point, no one was dreaming about better quality TV pictures anymore.

And yet, what happened? There was the advent of the 3D TV. Sadly, that didn't quite pan out and to this day there is very little interest in 3D TV. That could lead a lot of people into thinking that we've taken TV as far as it can go. Oh, but those people would be so wrong.

To those not already in the know, 4K TV is about four times as powerful as today's HDTV standard. That means that as crisp and clear as your picture might look now, there is already a technological standard that could make it look much, much better.

It's also called "ultra high-definition" (UHD), a term that the Consumer Electronics Association has put its seal of approval on.

In fact, ultra high-definition TV sets are already available for purchase. The problem is that there isn't any content. Well, there is some but it is very limited. Japan wants to be sure that the technology doesn't get ahead of the content (that's part of what caused 3D to fail), so it is already preparing to make sure that residents will be able to watch coverage of the 2014 World Cup in 4K.

As an example of how quickly this technology is advancing - media companies in Japan had previously set a 2016 deadline but they had to push it up drastically because of the unexpected fast adoption and production of 4K TV sets.

Via ZDNet

 
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2 weeks ago

4K readiness skyrockets as broadband speeds grow worldwide

Oct 6 2014 2:18am CDT | Source: Rapid TV News

4K UltraHD is growing as a technology of interest among consumers and TV companies alike, so perhaps it follows that year-on-year, the global 4K-readiness rate has nearly doubled worldwide, growing 98% ...
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3 weeks ago

Vizio adds 4K Ultraflix to smart TV bouquet

Sep 24 2014 11:42pm CDT | Source: Rapid TV News

VIZIO has added NanoTech Entertainment's 4K UltraFlix Network to its content lineup on the new P-Series UltraHD Full-Array LED Smart TV ...
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7 weeks ago

Sharp launches its first 4K television with UD20

Sep 3 2014 4:32am CDT | Source: Digital Spy

Television sets will be available in Europe in 60 and 70-inch size opti ...
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7 weeks ago

Secuoya taps Mistika for 4K post-production

Aug 31 2014 3:04am CDT | Source: Rapid TV News

Spanish production house Grupo Secuoya has selected Mistika SGO's toolset to improve its post-production department with 4K technology. The group's comedy drama series Vive Cantando, the second season of which is due to premiere on Spain's DTT on 2 September, is the first project usi ...
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7 weeks ago

Q2 4K UltraHD TV shipments outpace 2013 totals

Aug 29 2014 2:16am CDT | Source: Rapid TV News

Despite a lack of available content, consumers are embracing the next generation of display technology: more 4K UltraHD (UHD) TV sets were shipped in the second quarter than ...
Source: Rapid TV News   Full article at: Rapid TV News
 

 
 

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