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Affordable 8K TV cable slashes cost by 90%

Nitto Denko-Keio team's plastic optical fibers put tech in range of households

Japan officially starts broadcasting television programs in 8K at the end of 2018.

TOKYO -- Electronic parts maker Nitto Denko and a Keio University team have developed a large-bandwidth optical cable for high-definition televisions that will be inexpensive enough to put 8K broadcasts into Japanese households.

The Japanese team aims to put the cable on the market in 2019. Domestic TV stations begin officially broadcasting 8K signals at the end of 2018. Corporations already have installed the necessary high-capacity cables linking their business bases ahead of the 8K launch. But such cables have yet to penetrate homes, which could limit the reach of 8K broadcasts.

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