Japanese telco to launch world’s first streaming 4K Ultra HD channel on October 27

Japanese broadband provider NTT Plala will launch the world’s first commercial 4K Ultra HD TV channel on October 27 when Hikari TV goes live.

The service will carry a selection of 25 Sony Pictures Entertainment films, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Elysium, After Earth, Men In Black and Lawrence of Arabia.

The launch date was revealed at the MIPCOM TV industry show in Cannes, during a series of 4K screenings and panels.

Japan’s commercial broadcasters are racing to launch 4K services, with channels expected from acTVila in February 2015 and from SKY Perfect-JSAT in March.

The IPTV channel will be delivered in 4K60p on the HEVC Main 10-bit Profile, using Sumitomo Electric Networks set-top boxes which have been trialled since April.

The advanced STB also supports HDMI 2.0 output, MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP), several types of DRM (Digital Rights Management) technologies and the IPv6.

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, is expected to bypass 4K and head straight for 8K with the goal of broadcasting both the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the full Ultra HD standard.

DTG Staff  |  17.10.2014

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