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Japan’s NHK is using the Rio Olympics as a testing ground for its Super Hi Vision satellite broadcasts, and plans to air the 4K and 8K video results at a number of public locations in Tokyo and Osaka.

nhk super high visionNHK’s Super Hi Vision test channel launched this week, with its 8K resolution (7680 x 4320 pixels) boasting pictures four times as sharp as 4K and 22.2 channel surround sound. The content includes a concert by J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, highlights from the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and footage of a Beethoven concert conducted by Japanese maestro Seiji Ozawa.

Viewers will also be able to see the live broadcast of Rio’s Opening Ceremony on 4 August, as well as the pre-taped clips, on large projection screens and LCD screens at viewing areas in the country’s capital and Osaka.

The public broadcaster aims to roll out the technology in 2018, and have it ready for public consumption in time for the 2020 Olympics, hosted by Japan.

Although technology to support 8K broadcasts is not yet available for the home, Panasonic and Pioneer are among the manufacturers who last month showed off their 8K-ready cable and set-top box prototype, respectively, at Japan’s Cable Tech Show 2016.