June 1st marked 80 years since the start of Japan’s NHK public service international transmissions. The international service, which began with radio broadcasts in 1935, today conveys the latest stories from Japan and Asia to the world via television, radio, and the Internet. NHK used the occasion to broadcast a variety of domestic and international programmes for this milestone.
News also emerged that NHK is to capture the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament in 8K. The event itself is being held in Canada this summer, and will be a test for future sports events in 8K, not least Japan’s Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.. NHK’s 8K has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels, and will include 22.2 channel 3D audio.
The signals will be sent to Japan where there will be public viewings on 350 inch screens. The US will also host public viewings in New York at the NBC HQ at Rockerfeller Plaza and the Zanuck Theatre in Los Angeles. Canada will also get a public demo at the International Broadcasting Centre in Vancouver.