We are engaged in research on spatial imaging, which utilizes 3D TV, AR and VR technologies to bring a more realistic feel and a highly immersive viewing experience.
8K Super Hi-Vision (UHD)
We are working on the research and development of cameras, production equipment, transmission devices, displays, and recording devices to achieve a full-featured 8K system.
We are conducting R&D on technologies that enable viewers to easily enjoy watching programs on mobile devices via the internet, technologies that provide useful daily life services by linking program viewing with user behavior, and technologies that efficiently produce programs using the IP network.
Intelligent Program Production
We are engaged in R&D on video analysis, speech recognition, social media analysis and others using AI technologies in order to collect and analyze a vast amount of diversified information and support program production more effectively.
We are engaged in research on technologies to provide audio information through captions or sign language as well as video information through audio guides or physical object forms, in order to convey information universally to all viewers, including people with visual or hearing impairments and foreign speakers.
Aside from the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) and other organizations in Japan, NHK STRL has been contributing to international standardization initiatives, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). For example, the Japanese standards ISDB-T for digital terrestrial television broadcasting, ISDB-S for digital satellite television broadcasting, and HDTV program production standards are being recommended by the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R). For 8K UHDTV, we have gained recommendations for a wide color gamut, high frame rate, high dynamic range video system, in addition to a 22.2 multichannel sound system and the ISDB-S3 satellite broadcasting transmission system, among others. We will continue to work steadily toward the international adoption of 8K broadcasting.
Contributing to Society
Many of the achievements by NHK STRL are open to the public. We welcome anyone taking advantage of our patented technologies and other expertise. To date, the fruits of our R&D have been widely used in areas of society other than broadcasting-related fields. They have been applied in medical imaging, architecture and other industrial fields, and have also been used in education and museums.
International cooperation in the field of research has become ever more important. NHK STRL has introduced various studies and achievements at international conferences while promoting joint research by sending our staff to universities, research institutions、and corporate labs abroad. We promote research into next-generation broadcast technology through the Broadcast Technology Futures (BTF) group, a group of broadcasting research organizations that includes the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Furthermore, we play a major role in the ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union), welcoming many researchers from fellow member broadcasters. We also cooperate with the worldwide deployment of the Japanese standard ISDB-T for digital terrestrial television broadcasting. As of March 2019, it has been adopted in 20 countries, including Japan and Latin American countries.