A consortium of manufacturers, broadcasters and communications firms broadcasting 4K content to households via satellite

A consortium of Japanese manufacturers, broadcasters and communications firm is helping Ultra HD 4K TV take a leap forward with the launch of the "world's first" trial broadcast to households.

You might be thinking that Netflix, for example, already offers 4K content to US and UK viewers through to its online video streaming service, but this differs in that Japanese broadcasts are being made via satellite.

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On these shores, the BBC announced that it was trialling the broadcast of Ultra HD 4K coverage from this summer's World Cup, but that won't be available outside the corporation's R&D facilities. 

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And that's where Japan is now hoping to steal a march, with Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation looking to broadcast 4K content on its Channel 4K for a reported six hours a day and free of charge.

The catch, however, is that it's thought only "outlets of consumer electronics mass retailers and some other places" will be able to show content "because of delayed commercialisation of tuners".

We've already seen some of this year's new TVs that support Ultra HD 4K content, while Sharp is set to launch its new Aquos TU-UD1000 4K recorder in Japan later this month for around £700.

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With the commercial availability of 4K technology starting to gain momentum, the intention from Sky Perfect JSAT is to launch a fee-based service "as early as next spring" says The Japan News.

Katsuaki Watanabe of NexTV-F – leading the consortium – was quoted as saying: "Various countries are accelerating trials and the launch of new services using (4K and 8K) technologies."

In addition to developments in Japan, the forthcoming World Cup will see FIFA and Sony partner on the production of three matches in Ultra HD 4K, as well as the tournament's Official Film.

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by Pete Hayman

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johnjay's picture

Japan is also way ahead of

Japan is also way ahead of its korean rivals,who are happy shipping Home Cinema soundbars, all in one "movie" & media systems.

Cmon Japan get back in the game & lead again instead of having to follow with un-innovative HT in box & soundbars, not genuine soundbars like yamahas or Marantz.

I will not buy an LG OLED tv as I think they went ahead with issue fuelled technology. I actually seen a batch, not one, but a shipment of 1080p OLED TV with the bottom of the panel coming out through the curved frame revealing PCB connectors & owners were accepting & bromancing about them. Fairly regular seller on classified sites...

Panasonic-Sony please take command. Before theres no turning back & we lose quality music seperates & quality AV amps & other components, doomed to follow...