Japan’s national broadcasting organization, NHK, is currently developing the ‘Super Hi-Vision’ TV format, which is expected to produces extremely vivid pictures of some 33 million pixels per frame—about 16 times higher than the current HDTV standard—and with better and clearer sound quality.
With Japan in competition to host the 2020 Olympics, the government is keen on advancing the schedule for conducting experimental broadcasts of said ultra-high-definition standard to 2016. In the same way, they are also finding ways to give local electronic manufacturers a boost as they are losing out to competitors from other countries, such as South Korea.
This feat is not without impediments, however. Commercialization of such a technology is dependent on other TV broadcasters who must also produce a range of programs in said new format. Unfortunately, these companies are said to be wary about upgrading to such a format because of the high costs expected from it. Likewise, in terms of technological hurdles, there is that issue of creating an efficient compression method for the huge volume of video and sound data that will be transmitted, and the development of recording systems that would be able to handle the programs.
In South Korea, a new ‘4K’ standard format television sets have been released, offering four times the pixels of the current HDTV pictures. In the same manner, there has already been an initiative to do test broadcasts of in the ‘4K’ standard.