NHK World on Your iPhonePublished on February 17th, 2010.
Yesterday when I was out in the field looking for some new iPhone apps to play with, I stumbled upon the NHK World app when searching for ways to stream Japanese TV to your iPhone. Although NHK World wasn’t really what I was initially looking for, I decided to give it a try. And just as I turned it on, they happened to show a documentary on GUNDAM which was very interesting.
The app is very simple, you just click on it and the stream pops up, you can’t customize it in any way but you can get a short description of the currently airing show and see what’s up next. The stream comes in two modes, 3G and WiFi. Unfortunately the 3G mode isn’t watchable (you can’t even hear what they’re saying), so you can forget about watching it on the go. But while on WiFi, it’s a decent experience.
The reason why I want apps like these is because of my desktop setup. I don’t have multiple monitors and I have no intentions on going multiple (I’m very satisfied with one monitor and 4 spaces (virtual monitors)). I love having the TV on (with Japanese audio for inactive learning) in the background, and with the iPhone I can have it just below my monitor like seen in the picture below.
So if you know of any other apps that stream Japanese TV, or other Japanese videos, let me know! I currently use NHK World and Crunchyroll. KeyholeTV is still in beta and from what I’ve seen, not so great, so that’ll have to wait.
Click here to view the app in the AppStore or just search for “NHK World” on your iPhone.