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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

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