SATELLITE and CABLE CHANNELS
In addition to its terrestrial channel, TBS utilizes satellite broadcasting to provide one free national channel and three specialized subscription channels. All three subscription channels also enjoy wide viewership through cable television services.
Launched in December 2000, BS-TBS is a free channel that uses a broadcasting satellite (BS) to reach every corner of Japan. A wholly owned subsidiary of TBS Holdings, BS-TBS offers a diverse program lineup that includes travel shows and documentaries from Japan and overseas, original news programs, sports, information programs, movies, music shows, and popular drama series. Simply put, BS-TBS has something to please everyone.
Our broadcasts of live sports feature an impressive lineup including professional baseball, golf, volleyball, tennis, and more. Sports fans of every ilk relish the thrills and action-packed moments that only live TBS broadcasts can provide.
Among our major documentaries, Kiichi Nakai’s Europe Tour II - The True Faces of Da Vinci and Michelangelo, the Geniuses who Created the World was particularly acclaimed. This program followed actor Kiichi Nakai as he traveled around Europe to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Fans of the long-running period drama Mitokomon: The Shogun’s Uncle are in for a treat in October 2017, when a remake of the hugely popular show hits the screen. Mitokomon will return as a regular program on BS-TBS with a fresh cast.
BS-TBS will continue delivering programs that impress and delight sophisticated viewers.
TBS News Bird
TBS News Bird, which first hit the airwaves in April 1988, is a 24-hour news channel dedicated to swiftly delivering the latest domestic and international news. News Bird also broadcasts live every home game of the Chiba Lotte Marines professional baseball team, and is received by about 6.47 million households.
TBS Channel 1 commenced in July 2002 and offers a lineup packed with popular TBS programs, including the latest hit dramas, original variety shows, music concerts, live coverage of professional baseball games, and movies, as well as Korean dramas and pop music programs. About 6.57 million households have signed up for this channel.
The wide-ranging lineup of TBS Channel 2, which was launched in October 2012, includes classic and period dramas, hit anime shows, and live coverage of every home game of the YOKOHAMA DeNA BAYSTARS professional baseball team. Other featured sports include boxing, golf, and figure skating. This appealing lineup has resulted in about 5.46 million households subscribing in just five years.