TV Asahi and TBS Now on YouTube

by Buddy Lindsey

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Yesterday, there was announcement that TV Asahi and TBS are going to YouTube to stream their video content to users. They are wanting to use the popularity and the backbone of YouTube to offer quality service to viewers. However, I am not sure if something is getting lost in translation or not because what I am reading is “Streaming” and what I am seeing on their pages is news segments. Granted they are technically streaming its not a true live stream, anyway.

This is a great opportunity to get some real world content almost live since they seem be posting it the same day the news segments happen.

TBS

TBS is joining with just its news content, but as read while reading up it is free for now there are reports that they want to monetize on it later. Here is a link to their Channel on youtube and a video too.

TBS Youtube Channel

TV Asahi

TV Asahi too is adding their news stuff too, but it seems they are going to be going a step further and offering non-news content eventually too. I am definitely going to keep an eye on the non-news channel for sure.

ANN News – TV Asahi News Channel
TV Asahi – Non-News Channel

This is exciting, at least for me, because it is an opportunity to watch news broadcasts in decent quality and kind of stay up with everything, and actually know how to control what I am watching. I have tried to visit Japanese news sites before and get lost trying to watch stuff. I recommend watching stuff on these channels to take advantage of learning more about Japan and working on Japanese comprehension.

News Sources:
YouTube Streams TV Asahi, TBS – The Japan Times Online
Japan YouTube Blog

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1 yonasu September 30, 2009 at 7:42 am

Wow this is great! Thanks a lot for sharing this^^ This is definitely a lot better than trying to tune it to some crappy live stream that anyways mostly shows some random TV shop segments unless you're awake at 4 in the morning.

I've subscribed to the channels, they're prolly putting out a lot of videos though, might get a bit messy and hard to find stuff from my other subscriptions…

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2 DumbOtaku October 2, 2009 at 3:07 am

I can't wait to see the non-news channel take off am curios what all they will put up there.

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3 Will October 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

Great news! quality content offered with consent, its a dream come ture…

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4 DumbOtaku October 2, 2009 at 3:08 am

Now if only more sites/companies would do that. lol.

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5 mary October 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

was using KeyHole TV to get live TV.. youtube will just give me a larger screen :-p

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6 wes September 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

keyhole tv for Japanese tv is ok but screen is too small, try the MMS (Windows media player) links – much better quality.
http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/watch-japanese-tv-streamed-live-for-free/

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