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On June 8th, NHK transmitted the FIFA Women’s World Cup game in 8K (‘Super Hi-Vision’), to public viewing sites in Japan, and the US. Specially invited VIP guests at the Zanuck Theatre in Los Angeles also saw live images of the game that saw USA beat Australia.
News has now emerged at the event that NHK will be capturing several Major League Baseball events this coming autumn including, according to The Hollywood Reporter, several Yankees games. NHK will also cover the next SuperBowl in 8K, all as preparation for its plans to start widespread test transmissions of 8K in 2016 and in readiness for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup saw NHK cooperate with FIFA TV and US Rights holder Fox Sports, work together on the production, which again represent tests and trials of the technology ahead of next year’s Rio Olympics which NHK has already confirmed they will be covering on 8K.