Worldwide Announcement of Research and Development Results

Katsuji EBISAWA, President of NHK

This year, the year 2000, is the 75th anniversary of the first broadcast in Japan. The progress of digital technology has brought the broadcasting world to a significant turning point in its history.
Digital satellite broadcasting services are to commence in December this year, and experimental digital terrestrial television broadcasts have been promoted throughout the country.
It is HDTV, with its high quality picture, that will shoulder the burden of the digital age. NHK started research on HDTV in 1964, when the Tokyo Olympics were held. The development of HDTV is now moving forward worldwide and universally; in 1998, the U.S. space shuttle Discovery sent a clear picture from space with an HDTV camera, when one of the astronauts, Mukai Chiaki, used it to film images outside the spacecraft. Dynamic live relays of Mother Nature from the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley were also carried out last year.

In May of last year, the many years of research and effort finally bloomed in success at the meeting of the ITU(International Telecommunication Union), with the adoption of NHK's Hi-Vision as the international production standard of HDTV.

Leading the world, we will promote an experimental digital HDTV service in July of this year, using both satellite and terrestrial services, at the Okinawa Summit. It is our hope again to draw international attention to NHK's outstanding technical ability at an occasion where many of the world's leaders and news media will be convening.

Picture of Earth taken with HDTV camera

HDTV camera in the US Space Shuttle
The NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories is one of the world's largest research institutes. The diffusion of satellite broadcasting, which NHK developed, now exceeds 13 million subscribing households. HDTV is a premium, extraordinary technology, one in which we can take great pride before the world.

My wish is for these research and development results and technologies to be plainly announced, proclaiming worldwide the worth of NHK as a public broadcaster. I sincerely hope that this "Broadcast Technology" will help to further the mission of NHK.

For the Inaugural Issue
Worldwide Announcement of Research and Development Results
The Future of Media and Our Research Activities
Contribution to the World as COE of Broadcast Technology
HDTV-Based Digital Satellite Broadcasting
Characteristics of Japanese Digital BS Broadcasting System
Digital Satellite Broadcasting Reception System Test Center Consortium
Digital Broadcast Re-Transmission Over Cable Networks
Search for the Possibilities of New Broadcasting
About us
Outline of Laboratories

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