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NHK World-Japan expands German presence

NHK World-Japan, the English-language international service of Japan’s public media organisation NHK, is increasing its activities in Germany: The 24-hour TV channel NHK World-Japan is now available on streaming platform Zattoo. Viewers can receive the channel in the free basic package (SD) with the HD version being offered in the Premium and Ultimate packages. NHK […]

May 23, 2022

NHK develops 8K slo-mo camera

The research division of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has developed an 8K camera unit that can capture and record at 240 frames/second and thus suitable for slow-motion work. NHK’s STRL (Science & Technology Research) is the division which has masterminded the development of 8K Ultra-HD technology, and says the new camera system will bring new […]

February 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

Panasonic hit by hackers

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic says that it suffered what it believed was a deliberate cyber-attack on November 11th. There’s not a lot of further detail although Japan’s public broadcaster NHK says that the attack started back in June and ceased on November 3rd. NHK’s report added that the attacked servers stored information about Panasonic business […]

December 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

Spain is “unique UHD test lab”

The upcoming 4K-HDR Summit in Malaga, Spain will hear a presentation from Xavier Redón, a senior executive with Cellnex Telecom, who says that UHD demonstration transmissions are now available to “50 per cent of the Spanish population”. Redón, who is also vice-president of the UHD Spain Association, adds: “Spain is a unique UHD test laboratory […]

November 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

IBC free to attend

Organisers of content and technology event IBC have announced a comprehensive content programme for the 2021 edition, which for the first time will be free for all to access. Attendees can watch the sessions in person in Amsterdam or online via IBC Digital, which will launch on October 21st. This year’s content programme will focus […]

September 30, 2021By Colin Mann

SES signs contracts with NHK, cruise operators

SES has announced content agreements with NHK and a number of cruise operators ahead of its results statement on February 25th. Japanese public broadcaster NHK World has re-signed a multi-year contract for distribution in HD from 19.2 degrees East to more than 45 million homes over Europe. Additionally, SES Networks has contracted capacity agreements with […]

February 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

Survey: Strong business support for Tokyo Olympics

A survey of Japanese businesses, by public broadcaster NHK, found that 60 per cent of 100 major companies were firmly in favour of the Olympics Games going ahead this summer, in direct contrast to the generally negative opinions of the public. However, the 60 per cent is somewhat divided. While 13 of the businesses stated […]

January 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

Survey: Growing objections to Tokyo Olympics

The number of Japanese citizens now objecting to this year’s planned Olympic Games is growing. Not helping enthusiasm is a state of emergency declared last week for the Tokyo prefecture and three surrounding areas. A surbey from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reveals almost 80 per cent feel the Games should be either postponed or cancelled […]

January 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

Report: “Success stories for TV sport amid pandemic”

With major international events such as the Summer Olympics and the European Football Championship, the 2019/20 season looked set to become an exceptional year. Before these events were cancelled, other major international competitions had marked the start of the season, such as the Rugby World Cup, from September 20th to November 2nd, which was a […]

December 21, 2020

Japan could fine TV licence non-payers

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications says it plans to introduce legislation to impose extra charges on people who are “illicitly” watching TV sets without paying the reception licence fee. Public broadcaster NHK depends on the reception fees for its income But the proposed new rules may not be easy to implement. A government […]

November 24, 2020By Chris Forrester