Japan’s government, private firms team up on Super Hi-Vision
Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will begin a joint project with the private sector to develop technology for next-generation ultra high definition video. By pursuing the project, the ministry aims to set an international standard for so-called Super Hi-Vision technology and also hopes to start broadcasting with the system in 2015.

The Super Hi-Vision system will be able to show detailed images of about 33 million pixels, 16 times more than the present Hi-Vision technology. With such high quality, Super Hi-Vision could show precise, fast-moving images, such as sports scenes.

The ministry will put out a call in April to recruit private sector partners to participate in the joint project with the government. In addition to NHK-Japan, the ministry will call on home appliance makers and communications and broadcasting companies to take part in the project, aiming for early implementation of the system by combining private sector technologies. The ministry will likely spend 300 million yen (US$2.76 million) on the research in fiscal 2008.

The Super Hi-Vision system requires the transmission of a massive amount of information and therefore will require a technology that is able to effectively compress and send image data, reports the Daily Yomiuri Online.

(Source: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union)