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8K TV broadcasting future of Japan’s NHK

Japan’s public broadcaster says it could begin transmissions in a format with 16 times the resolution of today’s high-definition television in 2016.

The format, called Super Hi-Vision, has been under development by Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) for the last few years. Super Hi-Vision images have a resolution of 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels. That’s four times the resolution of “4K” television that’s currently being touted by TV set makers as the next big thing.

The first major test of the format came at last summer’s Olympic Games in London, where NHK produced 6 channels of live Super Hi-Vision coverage for distribution at public viewing sites around the U.K. and back in Japan.

The test was a “great success,” said Yoshiaki Shishikui, head of the advanced television systems research division at NHK’s science and technology research laboratory.

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