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 7.1.0

- Added the Push Notification service
* Notice of Earthquake information in Japanese domestic
* Notice of Tsunami Warnings/Advisories in Japanese domestic
* Breaking news

- Improved stability

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5

63 Ratings

63 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.

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!😊

Great App but Needs FF & REW function


This has been our go-to app for all things Japanese for years but the latest version release on AppleTV and on the iPhone has for some reason disabled fast forward and rewind. Normally it’s not a problem but is very problematic when watching Sumo where the matches are often so quick that it’s easy to miss the action.


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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