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By NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


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.

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 in Version 7.0.1

- Renewed UI
- Added news contents
- Support for Google Cast
- Minor improvements


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Customer Reviews

Now with wasted space, less info and less functionality.

The new design makes for a terrible user EYEperience, unless you're trying to use your phone or iPad as a light! Worse than the eye numbing new design is the loss of functionality. You used to be able to access the program schedule for the next few days on the left, (when not playing the live stream in full screen mode), with the option of expanding the program description, while the program was still playing. Now, in the new, eye hurting, wasted space, dumbed down user interface, when you tap to see more information about a future program, the currently playing live stream stops and disappears!

Instead of a listing of upcoming programs that could be scrolled, on the left, now you must slide the entire ensemble of the display up to see the list of upcoming shows — but the currently playing live stream also slides up, out of view!

You also have the useless ability to slide everything down, to see descriptions of past programs. Why would you want to see those descriptions?

This new user interface looks like the new desktop Google news format, which has been dumbed down to reduce the amount of information available and instead, has large expanses of empty white space.

This review is about the deplorable new user interface of this app, *NOT* the programming. The programming, from NHK, is wonderful, as always, but the new design for this app is terrible.

Excellent access to Japanese culture & News

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.

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!😊

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • Category: News
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  • Version: 7.0.1
  • Size: 68.7 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple TV: Yes

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