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NHK to begin simultaneous online streaming in April

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The communications ministry on Tuesday authorized Japanese public broadcaster NHK to start simultaneous online streaming of its television programs from April.

Those contracted with NHK, formally called Japan Broadcasting Corp, will be able to watch online programs on their smartphones and other digital devices without any additional fees. Under a Japanese law, people who install a TV receiver are obliged to sign a subscription contract with NHK.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has stipulated that conditions for the authorization include the prompt implementation of a specific framework to restrict the scale of online operations and creating opportunities for cooperation with private broadcasters.

As NHK's original line of business is broadcasting, for online programs it is required to submit practice standards and win approval over them from the communications minister.

Communications minister Sanae Takaichi decided last November to put the authorization on hold, calling into question the ballooning costs and NHK's delayed management reforms.

In December, NHK submitted a revised proposal to the ministry with reduced costs and scale, and outlined policies to put into effect management reforms in its business plan for fiscal 2020.

Although NHK will not initially have online programs 24 hours a day, it is aiming to provide "non-stop" streaming in the future.

The ministry intends to keep a close eye on the progress of the Tokyo-based broadcaster's management reforms even after the authorization of its simulcasting service, officials said.

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Who watches NHK nowadays?

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Every time the NHK guy comes I always say i don't have a TV because I don't need one. Maybe I'll confront them with the evidence that NHK pushes government propaganda and see what they say

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Other places like UK and HK have had live streaming for its main channels for years (and for free).

10 ( +11 / -1 )

We sometimes watch NHK World on our iPhones via our cable TV receiver or with their app. We might watch NHK if there's a major disaster. But it's decades since we actually watched any NHK programs. My wife listens to NHK Radio every day for the English lessons and also buys a monthly booklet to be used with that.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Great! Now we can watch even more quality programming !

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Who watches NHK nowadays? The 50% of the population that is over 70 years old.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

I watched NHK World when I was staying in a hotel a few years ago. I have never seen anything so monotonous in all my life. The underlying message was to broadcast subliminal propaganda.Why would anyone tune in to get a biased Japanese view of the world when there are far more superior English language broadcasts out there.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

BBC collects a license fee from all UK residents.And unlike Japan they are very sly. They sent letters saying they have detected a TV tuner signal and will take legal action to all rooms in my university hostel.Some gullible people paid the 1000 pound annual fee after seeing that letter

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Some gullible people paid the 1000 pound annual fee after seeing that letter

Gross error? The price for the BBC license is £154.50. If students family have a TV license at their family home they can also watch TV in their uni dorms.

NHK World broadcast Japanese News in English. They also broadcast many culture programs, like cooking or travelling around the country.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Let's see if our cable and cellphone bills will automatically go up with some involuntarily added NHK fees.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Let's see if our cable and cellphone bills will automatically go up with some involuntarily added NHK fees.

Let's see if NHK collector will use reason that household that has internet connection need to pay their fees.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Let's see if our cable and cellphone bills will automatically go up with some involuntarily added NHK fees.

Really, tho, why would it? I mean if they are "broadcasting" online (streaming?) then everyone in the world with internet access can see it, so are they planning on billing everyone else as well?

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Really, tho, why would it? I mean if they are "broadcasting" online (streaming?) then everyone in the world with internet access can see it, so are they planning on billing everyone else as well?

I don't think so, the original news mentions something about a check so only subscribers can watch it and it should only be complementary to the broadcast: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200115/k10012246811000.html . So I don't think it could trigger a payment for everybody having internet access (within Japan). Additionally I assume it will get some kind of IP check? Anyway, trial should start from 1st of March, then we'll know more.

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I don't think so, the original news mentions something about a check so only subscribers can watch it and it should only be complementary to the broadcast: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200115/k10012246811000.html . So I don't think it could trigger a payment for everybody having internet access (within Japan). Additionally I assume it will get some kind of IP check? Anyway, trial should start from 1st of March, then we'll know more.

I hope it stays only for subscribers.

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Additionally I assume it will get some kind of IP check? Anyway, trial should start from 1st of March, then we'll know more.

just a tip dont go to NHK site to check,once they have your IP they will have an excuse to charge you at a future date should they decide to go to court, best to use a proxy server in another country or a VPN if your curious

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Let's see if NHK collector will use reason that household that has internet connection need to pay their fees.

I wouldn't put it past them. They'll even start writing up bills and contracts without even asking you whether you have a TV or anything capable of receiving TV signals - they tried that with me.

Twice in the past two months, they have come to our apartment block and put big letters into our mailboxes, asking us to fill out the application form before such and such a date to set up payment, regardless of who has a TV. This sort of behaviour, plus the fact that Abe owns NHK, makes we want to avoid TV even more.

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Twice in the past two months, they have come to our apartment block and put big letters into our mailboxes, asking us to fill out the application form before such and such a date to set up payment, regardless of who has a TV. 

I've spoken to a number of people in different areas of Japan and it seems like there is a major campaign to collect fees. This seemed to start just prior to the Rugby World Cup. NHK 'representatives' came to my place at least FOUR separate times and left messages (four different messages, with four different hankos on them). Other friends have experienced the same thing.

As is the case with other posters, I wouldn't be surprised that Internet access and possession of device capable of receiving the streaming service will be used as an excuse to demand the fee from you.

My policy is: don't answer the door. Next step: door bell camera.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

And then, they will find out that no-one actually watches NHK.

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