Japanese cable firms to launch 4K channel


Rebecca Hawkes

| 25 September 2015

Japan's J:COM and 38 other cable TV companies are combining forces to launch a national channel dedicated to 4K Ultra HD programming in December.

More than 110 content providers have expressed interest in contributing to the 4K channel, according to the Japan Cable and Telecommunications Association (JCTA), which also plans to produce its own Ultra HD shows.

Programming will cover local historic sites, arts and culture, sports, music and food, Nikkei reports.

Content schedules will be handled by Japan Digital Serve, whose investors include J:COM and railway operator Tokyu.

The 4K channel, called Cable 4K, will be transmitted via JapanCableCast's platform from 1 December 2015