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NHK World Premium subscription channel on Freeview

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 […]

October 2, 2023

Finite: The Climate of Change secures theatrical release

Feature documentary Finite: The Climate of Change has secured UK theatrical release from February 15th. Espresso Media is handling global distribution, with sales to Japan (NHK) and Estonia (ERR) so far confirmed. Finite: The Climate of Change is an insider’s view on the world of direct action; a raw, authentic and emotional insight into the […]

February 9, 2023

Japan plans cut in satellite TV licence fee

NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, has revealed it will lower its reception fee for its satellite viewers who watch satellite and terrestrial TV. NHK’s president Terunobu Maeda said that the company is preparing to lower the licence fee by roughly 10 per cent as early as October 2023. An NHK senior management meeting is due on […]

October 10, 2022By Chris Forrester

Lineup Industries signs deal with Gil Formats

Independent international distribution company Lineup Industries is expanding its distribution slate, signing a deal with Israel’s Gil Formats to represent the company’s content slate for global sales. Additionally, the two format specialists are establishing a creative fund to develop in-house and third-party formats for broadcasters and platforms in Israel, Europe and the US. The distribution deal incorporates all Gil […]

September 21, 2022

NHK World-Japan debuts on Freeview UK

NHK World-Japan has launched in the UK on Freeview channel 271 via the Channelbox platform. NHK World-Japan, the international English-language channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, delivers the latest information about Japan and Asia. This channel reaches over 380 million households in 160 countries and regions via local satellite and cable TV providers. NHK World-Japan […]

September 6, 2022

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