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NHK World Premium subscription channel on Freeview

October 2, 2023

Global Distribution Services and Synapse TV have announced the launch of its subscription service on Freeview UK built for NHK World Premium, the first subscription TV channel on Freeview.

NHK is the public broadcasting service of Japan which aims to provide even more tailored content to its dedicated viewers, offering a range of exclusive programmes and enhanced viewing experiences.

NHK World Premium is an addition to the FTA English TV channel, NHK World-Japan, which is available on Freeview channel 286. With this new technology, NHK World Premium is able to offer a curated selection of content, including documentaries, news and current affairs, lifestyle programmes, entertainment shows, and more in Japanese language for a subscription monthly fee.


“We are delighted to see NHK’s expansion into the subscription-based market with the introduction of NHK World Premium,” said Tanya Kronfli, managing director at Global Distribution Services. “NHK has consistently delivered exceptional content, and this new subscription service takes it a step further by providing viewers with even more tailored and premium programming. The launch of NHK World Premium on Freeview UK, the first of its kind, demonstrates their commitment to innovation and delivering exceptional programming to its dedicated viewers.”

“We are thrilled to launch of NHK World-Japan and NHK World Premium subscription service on UK Freeview”, said Chris Wass, director of Synapse TV. “As the technology provider we are proud to support NHK World-Japan/NHK World Premium in their mission to provide the diverse range of high-quality programming targeting the entire Freeview audience for maximum reach.”

“JIB is excited to have NHK’s flagship international Japanese language channel, NHK World Premium, on the Freeview platform,” added Jun Takao, President and CEO of Japan International Broadcasting Inc, the channel’s exclusive international distributor.  “Almost anyone with an internet connection within UK will be able to access and enjoy various contents of NHK World Premium and/or NHK World-Japan.”

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