Japan Testing 4K Video Streams Through the Internet

By Gary Cutlack on at

Imagine how rubbish your internet's going to be when all your neighbours and their kids are streaming films in 4K all evening on their TVs and laptops. That's the scenario being tested in Japan right now, where one network is bunging 4K content to its subscribers down a standard broadband connection.

The test, being run by ISPĀ NTT West, is claimed to be the first of its type in the world, with the very-HD content being encoded in the new H.265 HEVC format to reduce bandwidth demands by around a half when compared with current HD video needs.

Regardless of the results of this test, Japan's where you need to be if you want to get the most (or anything at all) out of owning a 4K TV, as the 2014 World Cup will see some matches carried by satellite broadcasters shown at 4K resolution in the country. [BBC]