NHK plans D.C. bow

Japanese company partners with MHz

TOKYO — Virginia-based satcaster MHz Networks is partnering with Japanese pubcaster NHK to launch its international strand, NHK World TV, in Washington, D.C., in July.

MHz Networks will broadcast the strand together with France 24, Russian World TV, Russia Today and NTA (Nigerian Television Authority). MHz will also offer NHK World on cable via its channels Cox, Comcast, Verizon and RCN. Cox has been airing the NHK strand since May 30. Comcast will launch it on July 10, followed by Verizon and RCN.

Since its start in 1995, NHK World has beamed its mix of news, information and entertainment programming free of charge on three communications satellites. Though first skewed toward Japanese expats, the channel has since gone global, with 80% of its shows subtitled or dubbed into English.  NHK also operates paybox NHK World Premium on cable and satellite, as well as the Radio Japan international radio service.

Viewers in North America can also see NHK programs on TV Japan, a pay service that broadcasts shows from a variety of sources, including the commercial webs.

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