Watch NHK WORLD TV live and on-demand.
NHK WORLD TV is the English-language international broadcasting service of NHK, Japan's only public broadcaster.

This app provides you with NHK WORLD TV's news and a variety of programs via live, 24 hours a day. As a newly added feature, you can now check for the latest news.

Many of the programs are also available as video on-demand (VOD), except for some programs due to reasons of copyright.

Also the app provides Earthquake scales and Tsunami Warnings/Advisories in Japan, Breaking news by Push Notification.

The video quality depends on your communication environment. The app will adjust connection speed automatically.
Please be aware that the service is free, however, data communication fees are the responsibility of users.

What's New

Version 7.1.1

Some minor improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Excellent access to Japanese culture & News

Blue h2o

I've visited Japan twice and always come home wanting more. Recently discovered the NHK World app for my iPad and for my AppleTV.

From news shows (without any kind of typical western slant) you can keep up on newsworthy events from Japan, Asia, the USA and the rest of the world. Some of the news anchors/reporters don't have the typical western polish, but honestly, I find that very refreshing.

They have many shows designed to inform you about Japanese culture with a heavy emphasis on travel. The iPad app also has access to basic Japanese language learning and lots of fun shows that will introduce you to Japanese culture.

Apple TV app needs some work


I love NHK. This app is awesome because it provides awesome content at our fingertips. There are a few gripes i have. The most recent change with the UI is very hard to deal with. The scrolling in the timeline (ios) makes it very easy to lose track of where the actual video is. I have to scroll around until it pops up. It is very unintuitive and confusing.
Also, in the Apple TV app, there is a bug? When scrolling through a show to fast forward (using the trackpad on the apple remote) once i find where i want to continue watching the program, the timeline/scrubber which shows the time stamp does not go away. This blocks the subtitles and the bottom portion of the screen. Please fix this!

Also, we want more episodes of ‘Home Sweet Tokyo’!

Thanks for listening and keep up the great work!!!

Better video player


I would like the video player to be better, the current one takes a long time for the pause screen to disappear, it should hide/show with a tap. I can't seem to add a notification of when a specific program will air any more, please fix. Also, an option to choose the video quality would be good too. ありがとう!😊


NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
61.8 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
Age Rating
Rated 4+


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