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
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!