Philo T. Farnsworth (1906-1971) is widely recognised as the true ‘father of television’ (with apologies to the John Logie Baird fan club). His name is remembered and commemorated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and their Emmy Awards, and in an annual event the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award is given to a corporation or organisation which has made outstanding contributions over many years in the broadcasting field.
This year’s Award, to be presented on October 26th, goes to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, and for the first-time ever in Asia. NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories (STRL) was cited for the development across several decades of pioneering technologies which have expanded the possibilities of broadcasting technology in Japan and all over the world.
Founded in 1930, NHK Labs has recorded many achievements in diverse research and development fields including Japan-U.S. relay broadcasting via satellite, direct satellite broadcasting services, plasma displays, and Hi-Vision and 8K (Super Hi-Vision) ultra-high-definition TV.
NHK STRL continues to perform a pioneering role in the development of broadcasting technology in Japan and abroad through such projects as the development of user-friendly broadcasting technologies and 3D television that can be watched naturally without special glasses.