If you're living in Japan and you're football mad, it may be time to start saving up for an outrageously priced 4K TV set.
According to the Asahi Shimbun (online translation required), the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications department plans to broadcast the next FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil in 2014, in ultra-sharp 4K resolution. The way they're planning to do this is by using the free 4K resolution capcity on its communications satellites rather than the standard broadcast satellites.
The upshot of all of this is that 4K broadcasting will arrive in Japan two years than was earlier expected, which should, hopefully, have a positive effect on the sales of 4K televisions. As it stands at the time of this writing, however, those sales could use all the help available; right now, an 84-inch 4K TV set starts at around $25,000 and you have to wonder how many football fans have that sort of cash to indulge in their passion for the beautiful game.
Right now, there's also no word on when 4K broadcasting will take place in other countries, so even those UK fans with the funds to buy one of these glossy 4K TV's may be out of luck by the time the action kicks off in Brazil.