Digital television in Japan


Digital television in Japan

Japan pioneered HDTV for decades with an analogue implementation. The old system is not compatible with the new digital standards. Japanese terrestrial broadcasting of HD via ISDB-T started in December 1, 2003 in the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya metropolitan areas of Japan. It has been reported that 27 million HD receivers have been sold in Japan as of October 2007. [ja icon [http://www.jeita.or.jp/japanese/stat/digital/2007/index.htm JEITA / 統計データ ] ]

The Japanese government is studying the implementation of some improvements on the standard as suggested by Brazilian researchers (SBTVD). These new features are unlikely to be adopted in Japan due to incompatibility problems, but are being considered for use in future implementations in other countries, including Brazil itself. [cite web|title=Brasil fecha acordo com padrão japonês de TV Digital |url=http://noticias.terra.com.br/brasil/interna/0,,OI1051346-EI306,00.html|accessdate=2006-06-26]

Analogue terrestrial television broadcasts in Japan are scheduled to end on July 24, 2011 according to the current Japanese broadcasting law.fact|date=November 2007 However, the move to DTV by consumers is relatively slow, partly because ISDB receivers are very expensive. Additionally there have been issues with the B-CAS system and very strict Digital Rights Management in respect to the home recording of broadcasts.

External links

* [http://www.dibeg.org DiBEG - Digital Broadcasting Experts Group]

Regulators and organisations

* [http://www.soumu.go.jp/joho_tsusin/eng/index.html Government]
* [http://www.arib.or.jp/english/ ARIB]
* [http://www.catv.or.jp/english/jctea-e050112.htm JCTEA]
* [http://www.nhk.or.jp/strl/index-e.html NHK STRL]

Domestic promotion

* [http://www.d-pa.org/english/index.html D-pa]
* [http://www.bpa.or.jp/index.html BPA(Japanese)]

Industrial

* [http://www.jeita.or.jp/ JEITA]

Satellite

* [http://www.b-sat.co.jp/english/contents.html B-SAT]
* [http://www.jsat.net/en/index.html JSAT]

Conditional access

* [http://www.b-cas.co.jp/ B-CAS(Japanese)]

Broadcasters and DTV Channel operators

* [http://www.nhk.or.jp/index-e.html NHK]
* [http://www.ntv.co.jp/english/pc/index.html NTV]
* [http://www.tbs.co.jp/eng/top.html TBS]
* [http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/index2.html Fuji TV]
* [http://company.tv-asahi.co.jp/e/index.html TV Asahi]
* [http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/corporation/ TV Tokyo]
* [http://www.mxtv.co.jp/company/english.html MX TV]
* [http://www.skyperfectv.co.jp/en/ SKY PerfecTV!]
* [http://www.wowow.co.jp/english/index.html WOWOW]
* [http://www.star-ch.co.jp/pc/star?KEY=&PID=22825&mode=e_top STAR CHANNEL]
* [http://www.mobaho.com/english/index.html MobaHO!]

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