November 2, 2004
Ministry of Internal Affairs and
MIC announces results of invitation to comment concerning putting
in place a procedure for the implementation of smooth engineering stream broadcasting
| The MIC believes that it is vital to implement even
faster and smoother engineering stream broadcasting for the sound
development of digital satellite broadcasting, and so is taking the
necessary steps to bring this about. The MIC prepared a draft amendment
of the MPT Announcement No. 776 of 1999 and invited comments from
October 4 until 29.
As a result, comments were received from 17 people, with 17 comments
in agreement with the draft amendment. The MIC is taking the results
of the invitation to comment into consideration and plans to go
ahead with amendment of the announcement promptly.
* Engineering stream is a broadcasting method for the downloading
of the latest and best-adapted software necessary for normal functioning
of digital satellite broadcast receivers, and is therefore vital to
the stable reception of whole digital satellite broadcasting.
Outline of Amendment:
The volume of information broadcasted by engineering stream broadcasting
is expected to grow. When broadcasters need to increase the transmission
volume that was authorized at the time of approval for the broadcast
program-supplying in order to carry out smooth engineering stream
broadcasting, it shall be approved if the increase of the transmission
volume does not interfere with attaining the goal of the number of
broadcast programs set by the Basic Broadcasting Plan.
(Reference 5 of draft 2 of amended announcement)
The MIC will take the results of the invitation to comment concerning
this draft announcement into consideration, and promptly go ahead
with the amendment and enforce it immediately after the announcement.
For details refer to the Japanese web site
For further information
about this press release, please contact:
International Policy Division, International Affairs
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Tel: (03) 5253-5920 Fax: (03) 5253-5924
to fill in the inquiry form.