Interbee is Japan’s annual broadcast equipment exhibition. The focus this year is on 3D stereoscopic, digital signage and of course HD although that has been in a topic in Japan for several years.
Mr. Murata is the Executive Producer of many of the nature documentary programs at NHK. He shared with us his experience on the development and production of, “Satoyama, Japan’s Secret Garden.” Satoyama is a word for circulating society where people coexist with nature.
【Tour of TBS/TBS電視台之旅】
What I can say: All HD, All Tapeless, and going to 28 affiliate stations and all done with a broadcast center of 10 people.
【JAPAN’S CABLE INDUSTRY: ITSCOM】
Visited one of the cable companies (CATV) in Japan, ITSCOM. The day before we visited, they launched their VOD service. Their coverage is along the train track going from Tokyo to Yokohama which is one of the richest areas in the Tokyo region. This is eye-opening because I was able to compare the cable companies we work with in Taiwan with the ones in Japan. They were very open to show and explain to us their business model. On their pay channel platform, they also carry one of the channels we are distributing in Taiwan: SciFi. Established good contact with their senior management and look forward following up with them.
We visited one of the biggest post-production companies in Japan, Omnibus. We listened to two producers talk about the making of their HD commercials and short movies. The list of state of the art equipment at Omnibus is nothing short of mind-boggling. Omnibus has 3 offices and one of the directors for the Sony Bravia CM gave us a run-down of how he did the commercial. Also, he also showed us two short films that he did: one shot entirely in snow and the other during nighttime and very fast action. I think the point here was to show the capability of the Sony HD cameras, and I must admit that it is quite amazing.