How to Watch Japanese TV from Outside of Japan Free and Legal

October 15, 2009

The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs has begun broadcasting Japanese network tv stations over the internet using P2P (Peer to Peer) technology.

As many newzjapan readers know, the Japanese government has gradually been making an effort to be more of a presence on the internet, including uploading useful videos to YouTube.

KeyholeTV is another step they are taking to show more of Japanese culture to more of the world. KeyholeTV does not provide an HD picture or anything like that, but what it does give you is WHAT’S ON TV IN JAPAN RIGHT NOW.

You have to download a very small program from the KeyholeTV Official Site, and then you are good to go. You can watch TV Tokyo, Fuji TV, Asahi TV, and all of the major tv stations in Japan including some local station, and even some Japanese FM radio stations.

It was fun watching “Ii Tomo” on tv last night and seeing Tamori again, or if you happen to miss Japanese comedy, just check your time zone and turn on KeyholeTV on to enjoy “Red Theater” which is currently Japan’s best skit comedy show. It’s on at 10 pm Japan time and definitely worth a watch. Ii Tomo, the popular and long running variety show hosted by veteran entertainer Tamori and a host of regulars that change each day is broadcast at noon every day in Japan. If you are in the US, you can watch it in the evening before bed for a dose of Japanese tv wackiness. Ii Tomo often features Western entertainers as well including Hugh Jackman, Beyonce, Will Smith, and a whole host of others.

KeynoteTV is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux, and Mac OSX! There are also rumors of an iPhone app (which I believe has already been released in Japan).

So enjoy your free and legal Japanese TV shows, and don’t forget to get some sleep as well!


1 wes September 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm

keyhole tv for Japanese tv is ok but screen is too small, try the MMS (Windows media player) links – much better quality.

2 jay@newzjapan September 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Actually keyhole tv is bigger on my pc than on my mac for some reason (fwiw). There may be a way to work the settings (or your desktop settings) to get it bigger.

I’ll give mms a try as well. Thanks for the tip!

3 jay@newzjapan January 1, 2011 at 3:34 am

Hey Wes,

Are those mms links you link to still working? I haven’t been able to get them work with Windows Media Player or with VLC. I’ll keep trying though. Keyhole TV has been pretty slow because this is traditionally the prime season for “chilling” in a kotatsu and watching tv while eating mikans and mochi.