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NHK reveals more details for December’s 8K channel launch

Japanese pubcaster NHK has revealed more plans for its 8K channel launch, slated for Dec. 1. Core content will feature music and arts programming, natural history, drama and, in cooperation with ...
November 26, 2018

Japanese pubcaster NHK has revealed more plans for its 8K channel launch, slated for Dec. 1.

Core content will feature music and arts programming, natural history, drama and, in cooperation with NASA, footage of the Earth shot from the International Space Station (ISS).

Cultural content will feature performances from renowned orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic; and arts programming will feature masterpieces from the Louvre and the works of Japanese master painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai.

The 8K channel will initially broadcast for 12 hours daily, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Also, in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic year, facilities will be installed with the ultra-high definition image system to capture the events for broadcast.

In May of 2012, the broadcaster launched the world’s first terrestrial 8K test transmission. NHK has been developing 8K image systems since 1995, and first announced the December launch of the 8K channel in late 2017.

Additionally, NHK will be rolling out the 4K-focused channel NHK BS4K in conjunction with NHK BS8K. The 4K channel will launch with a special program about the world’s first live relay from Antartica.

Popular NHK 2K programming which currently airs on the pubcaster’s terrestrial and satellite channels will be added to NHK BS4K’s portfolio of content.

(Pictured: a view of a “moonset,” as seen from the International Space Station and taken with NHK’s Super-Sensitivity HD camera. Courtesy of NHK)

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