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NHK’s massive boost for 4K programming

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster showcased various 4K shows last week at MIPtv programming market at Cannes in France. The shows ready for licensing to international broadcasters are made available via Japan’s ‘NexTV-Forum’, a consortium of Japanese producers and broadcasters including NHK itself. The other organisations were Saga TV, BS Japan, Tokyo Broadcasting, Japan Cable & Telecommunications Assoc, Asahi Broadcasting, Fuji TV. Yomiuri Telecasting, Sapporo Visual, and Imagine CR Inc.

Each of the production companies is building up their inventories in readiness for this year’s 4K test transmissions from NHK and next summer’s debut of 8K transmissions, and including 8K transmissions from the Rio Olympics.