Digital Satellite Broadcasting Starts
In preparation for the start of digital satellite broadcasting in December
this year, experimental digital satellite broadcasting commenced on
During the ceremony for the start of experimental broadcasting, held
at the NHK Broadcast Center in Shibuya, the "start" button was jointly
pushed by Vice-Minister Tani of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications,
President Shirakawa of BS Fuji, President Shoyama of EIAJ (Electronic
Industry Association of Japan), and President Ebisawa of NHK. The Digital
Satellite Broadcasting Reception System Test Center Council conducts
this experimental broadcasting using the substitute BS-3N satellite.
Various types of signals, including video, audio, and data are broadcast
allowing receiver manufacturers to verify proper signal reception by
The experimental broadcasts will continue until August, followed by
additional test broadcasting starting in September, continuing through
the opening of regular broadcasting on December 1st this year.