R&D

Reality Imaging

Connected Media

Smart Production

Others

International Standardization

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

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.