TV stations face ¥8 billion extra tab to fix signal woes linked to Skytree

JIJI

Television stations in Tokyo will have to spend some ¥8 billion more than previously planned for measures to resolve reception problems resulting from the use of Tokyo Skytree for signal transmissions, Jiji Press learned Thursday.

NHK and five commercial TV stations have estimated such expenditures at around ¥10 billion.

A flurry of complaints about poor reception after the rerouting, in late May, of transmission signals from Tokyo Tower, however, has forced engineers to check the reception in 180,000 households from the previously estimated 125,000, sources said. Tokyo Tower had been the main transmission antenna during the analogue era.

In the run-up to the transfer of signal transmissions to Tokyo Skytree, broadcasters repeatedly tested reception at households across the Kanto region in order to locate any problems. When found, engineers were sent to fix them.

Although most problems are believed to have been resolved, the broadcasters intend to continue such operations for the rest of this year.

Of the six, TV Tokyo Corp. said Wednesday that it will log an extraordinary loss of ¥1.1 billion for the April-June period as additional costs for fixing reception problems.