Dispatches: NHK egged on to scramble

Analog service to remain unscrambled, paper says

A Japanese government advisory panel will recommend that the satellite service from pubcaster NHK, the nation’s most popular, be scrambled when its broadcasts go digital in December, a Japanese daily reported.

The government deregulation panel wants viewers to subscribe to NHK to update its sponsorship system, the Asahi Shimbun reported, citing panel sources.

NHK’s analog service, which has 14 million subscribers among Japan’s 45 million households, will remain unscrambled, the paper said.

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