Japanese pubcaster launching 8K in 2020

Japanese public broadcaster NHK will launch a full 8K service in 2020 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics. As producers and broadcasters get to grips with the 4K format, NHK is pushing ahead with the even higher resolution standard. 8K gives a picture with 16 times the resolution of standard high definition TV and four […]

NHK revamps international service

NHK is revamping its NHK World TV service with a raft of new content. The Japanese pubcaster said today that there will be a greater number of original programmes on the international channel and it will move into new categories of programming including movies and classical Japanese theatre. There will also be more extensive news […]

Studio Ghibli producing first ever TV show

Legendary Japanese animated movie producer Studio Ghibli is onboard its first ever project for TV, a toon based on a Swedish book character. Ronia – the Robber’s Daughter will broadcast on satellite channel NHK BS Premium in autumn this year, with Ghibli and Polygon Pictures (Star Wars: the Clone Wars), Dwango and NHK-owned NHK Enterprises […]

News brief: NHK completes 8K test

As broadcasters and programme makers increasingly move to the 4K medium, Japanese public broadcaster NHK has completed tests of an even higher resolution 8K transmission standard. 8K offers a resolution 16 times that of standard high definition and NHK has just completed a terrestrial TV trial using the standard. The broadcaster has been testing 8K […]

Japan’s NHK appoints new president

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has named Katsuto Momii its new president. He will join the Japanese broadcasting giant from Japanese business solutions and IT business Nihon Unisys where he is a corporate advisor. Starting on January 25th next year, Momi will replace Masayuki Matsumoto. Matsumoto is retiring having served his three-year presidential term. The NHK […]

Asian nets bag 300 hours from TVF

Asian broadcasters have licensed more than 300 hours of programming from UK-based distributor TVF International. Japanese pubcaster NHK has acquired specials such as Ice, Sweat and Tears and The Real Sherlock Holmes, while commercial rival NTV took shock doc  Transgender Kids. History in Japan and India acquired Special Forces, with the latter also adding religious […]

Kids TV seriously

Today’s kids have an endless array of entertainment choices. From Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner Broadcasting TV channels to films, music videos, social media and console & casual gaming, there’s enough compelling content out there to occupy them 24/7. Is there a place for factual programmes in that mix? Andy Fry investigates The overwhelming majority of […]

News brief: Nets buy Russian-themed content from TVF

UK distributor TVF International has sold Canadian doc Ice, Sweat and Tears to NHK in Japan and GEM Group in Iran. Ice, Sweat and Tears, which comes from Markham Street Films and was for Canuck pubcaster CBC, features ice skating stars and launched at MIPCOM ahead of Russia’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi next year. […]

Wowow restructures Japan and US operations

Japanese pay TV broadcaster Wowow has restructured and split programming and production into two separate divisions. The new structure was introduced by company president Nobuya Wazaki. The programming division includes Wowow’s Los Angeles office, will be overseen by Tsutomu Makino, who recently joined the company from NHK. Kayo Washio will run the LA office. The […]

BBC nets Japan’s Giant Squid film

The BBC has acquired one-off documentary film Legends of the Deep: Giant Squid from its Japanese public broadcast counterpart NHK. The film will go out on the BBC Two channel as part of the Natural World strand this week. The BBC acquired it from NHK Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Japanese broadcaster. The 1x52mins […]