NHK puts 8K TV on public display
December 4, 2015
By Chris Forrester
Japan’s 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ broadcasting technology will be showcased at four venues at the end of this year.
Japan’s NHK public broadcaster is behind the demos, which revolve around the top-rated end-of-year singling competition Kohaku Uta Gassen, which will be run this coming December 30th – 31st for the 66th time.
Kohaku Uta Gassen is translated simply as the Red & White song competition, which barely manages to explain the fervour and enthusiasm which the show generates. It is held at NHK’s main theatre NHK Hall.
Captured this year in 8K (which is 16 times the definition of ‘ordinary’ HD) the broadcast will be relayed on giant screens to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse cinema (330” screen), the Chiba City Aeon Cinema (350” screen), NHK’s own Museum of Broadcasting onto a 200” screen, and NHK’s Kyoto City station (300” screen).
The show will be transmitted in 22.2 channel immersive sound. Audiences will also get a chance to view other NHK ‘Super Hi-Vision’ programming.