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Thu, Feb 20, 2020 6:38 PM

Nippon TV (NTV) - how does this compare to NTV in Japan itself?

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I'm not from Japan originally but I have an interest in some of the content they produce. I was happy to see in DirecTV's listings that they have Nippon TV (NTV) which I am aware is a popular station that has some programming that would interest me. For example, Downtown's Gaki no Tsukai. I decided to check the DirecTV schedule for NTV. I was disappointed that a lot of stuff appears to be missing. Now I am not particularly familiar with NTV's Japanese lineup but they do have an English site where they do have a list of their programs. The vast majority of stuff they list do not appear on the DirecTV schedule (and I checked throughout the week). Gaki no Tsukai (which I expect to be on during Sunday mornings - Sunday around 11:30PM or so in Japanese time so something like 9:30AM my time) is one that is missing. Yet I could apparently watch "PANDA Judges the World" like 3 or 4 times on Sunday, a few hours apart each time. I don't want to do that...

So my question is: Is this channel missing content? Is it just a few shows that were curated (or were cheap to license) and many of the shows aren't available due to licensing or other issues? Or am I interpreting the schedule wrong? Can I watch Gaki no Tsukai on DirecTV (or any other legitimate service that I can purchase in the US)? (I'm interested in other content on NTV as well but that's the number one thing I am after)

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Hey, @kenrouholo, let's see if we can help you watch your favorite Japanese programming!

 

Just to clarify, are you saying that you already have the package and there are several hours of time with no programming on Nippon TV, or just that when checking Nippon TV's programming schedule you see the several hours of no programming? If you're unable to see the programming you may find it helpful to Refresh your Equipment.

 

Let us know if this helps!

 

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I don't have DirecTV at all; I would order it immediately if it offers what I am looking for but so far I'm not so sure it does.

For reference, NTV's schedule is here: http://www.ntv.co.jp/program/

DirecTV schedule is here: https://www.directv.com/guide (NTV is channel 2041)

The DirecTV schedule shows a lot of stuff repeating throughout the day that is not the case on NTV's schedule, and it doesn't list a lot of the stuff that NTV has. One of multiple shows that repeats is called "PANDA Judges the World" by DirecTV on Sunday. You only see "シロでもクロでもない世界で、パンダは笑う" in one time slot on Sunday on NTV's own schedule. And on NTV's schedule on Sunday at 23:25 they have "ダウンタウンのガキの使いやあらへんで!" (Downtown's Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende) which would be amazing if I could watch real time.

Barring an issue with the schedule DirecTV reports for NTV, I have to suspect that DirecTV is only able to license a small portion of NTV's content and winds up looping a lot of it. Though I hope it's just an issue with the reported schedule. Like right now NTV is playing the Disney movie Coco. I could see that kind of thing causing licensing issues. Though I don't know why something like Gaki no Tsukai would...

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So I had also posted this question to Reddit and a user on there replied with a link to a NTV press release that mentions that, basically, yes the international version of the channel is not going to have all the content (unfortunately it's missing quite a lot and basically everything that interests me). For anyone curious, the press release is here http://www.ntv.co.jp/english/pressrelease/docs/20190529.pdf

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You are correct with your answer to the content offered in Directv's version of NTV.

 

The Directv's line up is what will be available to view using the network channel. 

Content and shows is govern by the networks and  license agreement.

 

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