Advanced Television


NHK looks to scrap online cost limits

Japan’s NHK public broadcaster says it wants to scrap the 2.5 per cent limit of viewer fees which it spends on simultaneous online broadcasts. NHK says it will work to keep costs down but its rival broadcasters in Japan are anxious that without a formal maximum limit to keep NHK in check then spending on […]

September 17, 2020By Chris Forrester

Fraunhofer, NHK showcase 8K over IP

The Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits, with NHK, has developed an IP-based transmission system for 8K television. The system uses the JPEG XS codec which provides low-latency video via Ethernet for studios and production houses. The transmission of the data was operated on a 10G Ethernet link as SMPTE 2110 stream. The synchronisation between input of […]

September 14, 2020By Chris Forrester

Japan: NHK delays 8K channel decision

NHK says it is postponing any decision on how its 8K broadcast channel will be structured until after next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. As reported last week, NHK has now confirmed plans to merge its satellite-based BS1, BS Premium and BS4K channels into two channels, and then to integrate them into one single channel. […]

August 6, 2020By Chris Forrester

NHK to cut satellite TV channels; 8K at risk

Japanese publicly-funded broadcaster NHK has frequently been criticised for its number of TV channels as providing unfair competition to the country’s private stations. Now it is set to trim the number of satellite TV channels available. NHK will cut two of its satellite channels, down from four. This means it will consolidate the current BS1, […]

August 4, 2020By Chris Forrester

Survey: Japanese uncertain over 2021 Olympics

A survey conducted by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK says that 66 per cent of Japanese are in favour of further postponing or cancelling the 2021 Olympics. The Games are scheduled to open next July, a year from now and a year later than originally planned. The NHK poll also suggests that respondents are less interested […]

July 22, 2020

NHK loses ‘modified TV licence fee’ case

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has lost a court action concerning its annual licence fee. It is the first time than NHK has lost such an action. The case concerned a viewer who had modified his TV with a signal filter to not receive signals from NHK and was thus not required to pay the license […]

June 29, 2020By Chris Forrester