NHK World

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NHK World
NHK World.svg
Launched April 1, 1998 (as NHK World TV)
July 23, 2006 to December 6, 2009 (current format)
Owned by NHK
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Your Eye on Asia
Country Japan
Language Japanese, English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Website www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/
Availability
Terrestrial
Los Angeles
(KCET)
Channel 28.4
New York City
(WRNN)
Channel 48.5
Philadelphia
(WYBE)
Channel 35.2
District of Columbia
(MHz Networks)
Channel 30.2
San Francisco, California
(KRCB)
Channel 22.3
Satellite
Foxtel (Australia) Channel 656
GVT (Brazil) Channel 140
Sky Brasil Channel 114
DD Direct+ (India) Channel 42
Indovision (Indonesia) Channel 354
DirecTV (Latin America) Channel 782 (pay per view)
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 398
SKY México (Mexico) Channel 283 (Mexico)
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) Channel 83
G Sat (Philippines) Channel 32
Digital+ (Spain) Channel 574
Dialog TV (Sri Lanka) Channel 1
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 171
Sky (UK and Ireland) Channel 507 (HD)
Freesat (UK) Channel 209 (HD)
DishHD Channel 130
Globecast (Australia and New Zealand) (Optus D2 152°E) 12546 V 22500 3/4 (SD)
AsiaSat 3S (Asia) 3880 MHz H 27500 3/4
Astra 19.2 (Europe) 11,509 MHz V 22000 5/6
Intelsat 19 (166°E) 4060 MHz H 26590 1/2 (DVB-S QPSK)
Intelsat 20 (68.5°E) 3739 MHz H 26590 1/2 (DVB-S QPSK)
Intelsat 21 (58.0°W) 4040 MHz H 26590 1/2 (DVB-S QPSK)
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 428
Cable
Foxtel (Australia) Channel 656
Time Warner Cable (Hawaii, US) Channel 682 & 1682 (HD)
Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 154
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 257
Skylife (Korea) Channel 97 (HD)
Minneapolis Public Schools (Minneapolis, USA) Channel 78
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 69
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 72 (Analog)
Channel 222 (Digital)
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 315
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 222 (Digital)
Onlime (Russia) Channel 96
GTD Manquehue (Santiago, Chile) Channel 127 (SD) - 825 (HD)
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 147 & 148
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 171
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 625 (HD)
Comcast (San Francisco, USA) Channel 202
IPTV
Now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 710
AT&T U-verse (USA) Channel 1221 (HD)
Telefónica del Sur - Chile Channel 825 (HD)
HyppTV (Malaysia) Channel 414 (HD)
Streaming media
Live Webcast www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/w/movie

NHK World is the international broadcasting service of NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai - Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan's public broadcaster. The service is aimed at the overseas market, similar to BBC World News, DW, France 24, and RT, and broadcast through satellite and cable operators throughout the world.

NHK World provides three services: NHK World Radio Japan, NHK World TV, and NHK World Premium. NHK World also makes most of its programming available through an online version of the television channel.

Television Japan[edit]

NHK World Television[edit]

NHK commenced international TV broadcasting services for North America and Europe in 1995. On April 1, 1998, NHK World Television started broadcasting. NHK's news and information channel broadcasts internationally via satellite and cable TV. Programming is broadcast in English. It began as a news channel in February 2009 using the traditional NHK World logo in their own digital on-screen graphic (DOG). Previously, NHK World TV used the traditional "3 Eggs" logo of NHK. The NHK World DOG in the news program, Newsline, is on the bottom left corner of the television screen. In other programming, the DOG is moved to the top left corner of the television screen. Some of the shows are produced by production studio JIB TV which is 60% owned by NHK with the remaining 40% owned by private investors like Microsoft and Japanese bank Mizuho. The NHK World DOG is not used at all when shows produced by JIB TV are aired.

NHK World Premium[edit]

Main article: NHK World Premium

NHK World Premium Television broadcasts a mixture of news, sports and entertainment in Japanese worldwide via satellite as a subscription service. In Europe this service is broadcast under the name JSTV and in the US it is known as TV Japan. The programmes generally do not carry English subtitles.[citation needed]

Programmes[edit]

Programmes on the channel include:[1]

  • Cool Japan: Hosted by Shoji Kokami and Risa Stegmayer; some aspects of Japanese customs are considered "cool" by foreigners. Cool Japan is a television show that illustrates the quickly changing Japanese culture and how it is perceived by the international community that have recently made Japan their home.
  • J-Melo: A music programme hosted by May J., featuring the latest developments in Japanese music, selections of hit songs, and diverse material from a wide range of different music genres - pop, rock, jazz and classical.
  • NHK Newsline: A news programme with updates every hour, covering world events and business-related news, as well as providing global weather forecasts.

Radio Japan[edit]

NHK World Radio Japan (RJ) broadcasts news, information, and entertainment programs focusing on Japan and Asia, for a daily total of 65 hours of broadcasts. Radio Japan provides two services:

RJ SW relay stations[edit]

RJ runs a domestic SW relay station

RJ also leases or owns several external relay stations.

Radio Japan historical output (1950–1996)[edit]

For a comparison of Radio Japan to other broadcasters see the following:

Estimated total direct programme hours per week of some external radio broadcasters for 1996
Broadcaster 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 1996[2]
United States VOA, RFE/RL & Radio Martí 497 1,495 1,907 1,901 2,611 1,821
China China Radio International 66 687 1,267 1,350 1,515 1,620
United Kingdom BBC World Service 643 589 723 719 796 1,036
Russia Radio Moscow / Voice of Russia[1][3] 533 1,015 1,908 2,094 1,876 726
Germany Deutsche Welle 0 315 779 804 848 655
Egypt Radio Cairo (ERTU) 0 301 540 546 605 604
Iran IRIB World Service / Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran 12 24 155 175 400 575
India All India Radio 116 157 271 389 456 500
Japan NHK World Radio Japan 0 203 259 259 343 468
France Radio France Internationale 198 326 200 125 379 459
Netherlands Radio Netherlands Worldwide[1] 127 178 335 289 323 392
Israel Israel Radio International[1] 0 91 158 210 253 365
Turkey Voice of Turkey 40 77 88 199 322 364
North Korea Radio Pyongyang / Voice of Korea 0 159 330 597 534 364
Bulgaria Radio Bulgaria[1] 30 117 164 236 320 338
Australia Radio Australia 181 257 350 333 330 307
Albania Radio Tirana (RTSH) 26 63 487 560 451 303
Romania Radio Romania International 30 159 185 198 199 298
Spain Radio Exterior de España[5] 68 202 251 239 403 270
Portugal RDP Internacional[1] 46 133 295 214 203 226
Cuba Radio Havana Cuba 0 0 320 424 352 203
Italy Rai Italia Radio[1] 170 205 165 169 181 203
Canada Radio Canada International[1] 85 80 98 134 195 175
Poland Radio Polonia[1] 131 232 334 337 292 171
South Africa Radio RSA / Channel Africa 0 63 150 183 156 159
Sweden Sveriges Radio International[1] 28 114 140 155 167 149
Hungary Magyar Rádió[1] 76 120 105 127 102 144
Czech Republic Radio Prague[4] 119 196 202 255 131 131
Nigeria Voice of Nigeria 0 0 62 170 120 127
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radio Belgrade / International Radio of Serbia 80 70 76 72 96 68

Source: International Broadcast Audience Research, June 1996

The list includes about a quarter of the world's external broadcasters whose output is both publicly funded and worldwide. Among those excluded are Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea and various international commercial and religious stations.

Notes:

  1. Does not broadcast on shortwave as of 2014.
  2. 1996 figures as at June; all other years as at December.
  3. Before 1991, broadcasting for the former USSR.
  4. Before 1996, broadcasting for the former Czechoslovakia.
  5. REE ceased all shortwave broadcasts in October 2014 but announced in December that it would resume shortwave transmission in Spanish only for four hours a day in order to accommodate Spanish fishing trawlers who were otherwise unable to receive REE at sea.

Internet service[edit]

NHK World programs and content are available online.

  • NHK World - Online news and live HQ stream of NHK World TV
  • Radio Japan - live streams, podcasts and archive programming
  • Japanese Lessons - Re-edited versions of Basic Japanese for You and Brush Up Your Japanese.

Only a limited number of programs are available online for free.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). "TV Programs". NHK WORLD. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). "FAQ - NHK WORLD - English". NHK WORLD. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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