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.
- A Challenge Letter from Da Vinci -
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 Inc., BS-TBS offers a diverse program lineup that includes travel shows and documentaries from Japan and overseas, news, sports, information programs, and reruns of popular TBS drama series. In a nutshell, BS-TBS has something for everyone.
In a bold step designed to further engage viewers, in October 2015 we launched Insight of Foreign Journalists - Japan and the World -, a program in which non-Japanese journalists offer fresh perspectives – and pull no punches – in analyzing topical issues in Japan.
To commemorate 15 years since this station came on air, we broadcast two special programs in 2015: Hideki Godzilla Matsui Restart: 300 days in NY - The First Episode -, an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at baseball legend Hideki Matsui, and Kiichi Nakai’s Europe Tour - A Challenge Letter from Da Vinci -, which followed actor Kiichi Nakai as he traveled around Europe to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding Leonardo da Vinci. Both were highly acclaimed. We will continue to make programs that impress and delight mature viewers.
TBS News Bird
TBS News Bird, which hit the airwaves in April 1998, is a 24-hour channel dedicated to swiftly delivering the latest domestic and international news. It also broadcasts live every home game of the Chiba Lotte Marines professional baseball team, and is received by about 6.48 million households.
TBS Channel 1 commenced in July 2002 and is full of popular programs, including the latest hit dramas, original variety shows, music concerts, live coverage of pro baseball games and J.League soccer matches, movies, South Korean dramas, and Korean pop music programs. About 6.80 million households have signed up to this channel.
The lineup of TBS Channel 2, which was launched in October 2012, includes live coverage of every home game of the YOKOHAMA DeNA BAYSTARS professional baseball team, classic and period dramas, and smash-hit anime. Other featured sports include boxing, golf, and figure skating. This diverse and absorbing lineup has resulted in about 5.08 million households subscribing in just five years.