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Live! Streaming Japanese TV in Real-Time

Well, I didn't think it was possible, but I'm actually watching an online LIVE streaming broadcast of the Japanese TV station TBS in real-time on my computer! It might not be the highest picture quality, but damn, who cares!!! It is certainly watchable!

It all started because of the Olympics. My mom is Japanese and always laments about not being able to watch more of the coverage here in the US of all the Japanese athletes (as they are obviously very bias towards the U.S. athletes :). Well, i really didn't think it was possible, copyright issues and all, but I decided to look around and see if I could find some online clips or something and stumbled upon a lot of sites that offered 4000+ satellite channels for the low one-time price of $40-50. My mom didn't want to pay for anything and all the sites looked more like infomercial website, lots of accolades and promises but little real information and content on their product. Hey, they might work (if anyone has tried them let me know! I'm curious :) but not what I was looking for.

Then I came across a few sites that offered Free streaming television, like BeelineTv.com and tvchannelsfree.com but the links either didn't work, or they only had a few news clips, at least the links I tried. Then I came across a Japanese website that has videos on demand, Gyao, but again not what I was looking for. Finally, I came across this blog on Key Hole TV, which was actually created by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs. His blog has install directions and some simple directions on how to use the program, but really it is a pretty simple design. It was quite simple to install and start watching right away too!

Most of the channels are radio broadcasts, but several of Japan's popular channels are available (a few are password protected :( but overall, it was pretty cool. We were able to watch listen to the live Japanese Olympic coverage on TV Asahi - and watch the live broadcast on U.S. TV (better picture :) the sound was a little out of sync but only by about 5-6 seconds.

I'm going to test this more and see if I can watch my current favorite Japanese dorama (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge) live as it is broadcast! It starts in about 3 hours, I should go to sleep, but I don't want to miss it, lol!

I'm curious if anyone else watches or has found other reliable sources to watch Japanese TV. I know of some of the fansub sites, like d-addicts.com or dramacrazy.net that have doramas available (which i love!) but my mom really just wanted to watch regular TV, the type of stuff people don't copy and subtitle - talk shows, variety shows, etc. She subscribes to TV Japan (NHK) here in the U.S. but it is only the one channel. I never thought it was possible, but now i'm going to have to dig a bit deeper and see what else I can turn up!


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May. 17th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
I did not even know you could watch these shows live streaming! That's an eye opener because if I could have watched Yamato Nadeshiko live I would have!

I will now dig around and try to find out more about it, and if i find anything I will let you know!
May. 17th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Quality isn't the best, but YES you can! but unless you are really die hard, it is much better to just wait a few days for the dramas to hit the regular sites :) but if you have the time, it is fun to test out and neat to watch the show live ^_^

YamaNade came on FRI @ 10pm - 7 am my time, not so bad, but made it hard to sleep cause i didn't want to miss it, lol
May. 18th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Yamanade came on sometime on a friday early morning i believe here lol, since I tend to be somewhat of an insomniac it would not have been bad for my sleeping habits lol. By friday evening/night I would be able to watch it on dramacrazy.net.

I'd like to watch some of the shows where there are Japanese singers, despite the fact that i can't really understand them. lol but it's fun to see what they are about.
May. 22nd, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I don't really follow j-pop all that much, but i know a lot of the singers cross over into doramas - natural fit I guess :)

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