Full-fledged digital broadcasting via satellite began Friday morning across Japan, with some anxiety about rapid penetration due to technical problems.

NHK and eight commercial broadcasters launched the service, which provides high-quality pictures and sound, on 10 channels at 11 a.m.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.