Indian direct-to-home satellite operator Tata Sky launched the country’s first 4K set-top box, while Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has confirmed it will conduct live 8K test transmissions at a popular festival.
In India, the major selling point for Tata Sky’s 4K set-top box will be the transmission of upcoming One-day International and World Cup cricket matches in Ultra HD 4K picture clarity.
Prospective subscribers can reserve their Tata Sky 4K STB for Rs. 6,400 (£68) while existing subscribers can acquire the box for Rs. 5,900 (£62). These launch plans were unveiled in July last year when Tata Sky showcased the first ever live FIFA World Cup Quarter final match in 4K.
Japan’s major broadcaster NHK will be showcasing their advances towards 8K transmission by conducting live tests at the upcoming Sapporo Snow Festival.
Sapporo was the venue for the 1972 Winter Olympics and NHK says that it will mount 8K cameras and equipment at the Festival in order to capture the huge number of snow and ice sculptures at this world famous event.
NHK says that the works of art will be shown in an experimental series of 8K transmissions on two screens, one a giant 135”in display, as well as an 85”in screen.
The Sapporo test will be the first end-to-end live broadcast of 8K over digital terrestrial TV, with regular test broadcasts scheduled to begin in Japan in 2016.
DTG Staff | 12.01.2015