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Programs from NHK WORLD TV are streamed live streaming 24 hours. Click on ‘Live’ button at the top of the NHK WORLD homepage and other pages.Some of the programs and news clips are archived and available on-demand for a certain period after they are broadcast.

Free apps for iOS and Android

Download free apps to see our programs anytime, anywhere on your smartphone or tablet devices. (Apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire) With Wi-Fi access, you can watch on your TV using Apple TV, Android TV or Amazon Fire TV.


Through Satellite, Cable, IPTV, DTH etc.

Select the area/country to find your local operator to enjoy "NHK WORLD TV."

Direct Reception

With digital broadcasting and three satellites, NHK delivers news and information to the world 24 hours a day.

Broadcast areas and Satellites

Please set the frequency, symbol rate, FEC value and others on your digital satellite tuner to receive our transmission. Please find the setting details in your region shown below:

Asia-Pacific Region Southwest & Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe Region South & North America Region
Satellite: IS-19 Satellite: IS-20 Satellite: IS-21
Frequency: 4060MHz Frequency: 3739MHz Frequency: 4040MHz
Symbol Rate: 26590 baud Symbol Rate: 26590 baud Symbol Rate: 26590 baud
FEC Value: 1/2 FEC Value: 1/2 FEC Value: 1/2
Polarization: H Polarization: H Polarization: H

The system is shown below.

Broadcasting System <Compression Format>

  • PAL <MPEG-2>
    Satellite: IS-21, IS-20, IS-19
    Channel Information: [625 English], [625 Japanese]
  • HD(1080/59.94i) <MPEG-4 AVC/H.264>
    Satellite: IS-21, IS-19
    Channel Information: [1080/60i English], [1080/60i Japanese]
  • HD(1080/50i) <MPEG-4 AVC/H.264>
    Satellite: IS-20
    Channel Information: [1080/50i English], [1080/50i Japanese]

To receive our High Definition transmission, the digital tuner for High Definition (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compatible) will be required.

After setting the downlink parameters on your digital tuner for the High Definition system, please choose channel/language on either [1080/60i English], [1080/60i Japanese] or [1080/50i English], [1080/50i Japanese] in accordance with the satellite signal you receive.

For all viewers via NTSC TV set;
1. Please prepare a PAL-NTSC converter and set your tuner to receive PAL signal (choose channel/language on either [625 English] or [625 Japanese]). Convert to NTSC signal with the converter. Or
2. Please prepare a High Definition digital tuner (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with function to convert High Definition signal to NTSC signal.

Broadcasting Areas
As of October 23, 2012

NHK WORLD TV Programs aired in Japan

Some of the programs of NHK WORLD are aired in Japan.
Broadcast schedules are indicated in JST. *Bilingual (English and Japanese)

Current Affairs

BS1 Mon. 14:00 - 14:28 (JST)*Bilingual

BS1 Mon. 4:00 - 4:28 (JST)*Bilingual

An in-depth portrait of Asia today, covering its dynamism as a center of growth as well as its traditions tossed around by the advance of globalization.

Art & Design

BS1 Sun. 3:20 - 3:48 (JST)

What is good design? And what is its power? DESIGN TALKS plus explores the Japanese aesthetic, from traditional crafts to fashion, and from everyday items to cutting-edge technology.

Doki Doki! WORLD TV

GTV Sun. 22:40 - 22:50 (JST)

GTV Mon. 10:05 - 10:15 (JST)

What’s hot in Japan? This program features our picks of the week.

Biz / Tech

BS1 Sat. 3:00 - 3:28 (JST)

"great gear" brings you the latest products from a wide range of industries born from unique Japanese ideas and technologies.

Biz / Tech

BS1 Wed. 3:00 - 3:28 (JST)

Discover the secrets of Japan’s railways, from the newest technologies and systems in use, to travel tips and must-see places.

Culture & Lifestyle

BS1 Tue. 3:00 - 3:28 (JST)

Host Peter Barakan meets experts in various fields from traditional arts to nature to technology, introducing Japanese culture from a new perspective.


BS Premium Sun. 2:40 - 3:08 (JST)

Stay in the groove and keep up to date with the latest Japanese music of all genres ranging from pop and rock to jazz and classical.


BS1 Wed. 14:00 - 14:28 (JST)

BS1 Sun. 4:00 - 4:28 (JST)

English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.


BS1 Mon. 3:20 - 3:48 (JST)

A documentary series that profiles rising stars in various fields - inspiring people who are challenging conventional wisdom and leading the pack.


BS1 Mon. 3:20 - 3:48 (JST)

The program introduces cooperative projects between Japan and overseas, with focus on a Japanese on-site and how they work side by side.


BS1 Fri. 3:00 - 3:28 (JST)

Discover the greatest aspects of the world's most exciting metropolis as it begins a new transformation in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. A complete travel guide for all Tokyo visitors.

Pop Culture & Fashion

BS1 Thu. 3:00 - 3:28 (JST)

Discover Japan's hottest fashion trends as TFX takes you behind the scenes to meet with Japan's leading designers and creators.