English Broadcaster NHK World Starts Free Ustream Channel

We blogged several times about NHK‘s online efforts in the past few months (NHK is Japan’s national TV and radio network). And today, NHK World, the broadcaster’s international service that’s available worldwide except for Japan, has launched a channel on Ustream.

NHK World, which broadcasts programs on Japan in English, is live-streaming its content for free on their Ustream channel (they should switch off this one though to avoid confusion).

The service has been letting users view some programs directly on its website for quite some time now, but according to The Nikkei, only “several tens of thousands of people” actually used that service (it’s not a nice experience for Mac users like me, for example).

NHK itself was streaming programs on the web (via Ustream) back in March for a limited time, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

NHK World on TV is currently available in 120 different countries. The network has released a decent iPhone app in February 2010. It’s also available online via Niconico.com, the English website of wildly popular video sharing site Nico Nico Douga.

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Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.

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Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.