The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will raise the target of Japan's annual broadcast program exports, aiming to achieve ¥50 billion by fiscal 2020, according to informed sources. Exports of Japanese broadcast programs, including anime and drama series, have been surging. In fiscal 2015, such exports jumped 58.0 percent from the previous year to ¥28.85 billion, clearing the government's target of reaching ¥20 billion by fiscal 2018. The ministry plans to strengthen measures to support broadcast content exports, including programs of regional broadcasters, the sources said. It is currently tallying up export figures for fiscal 2016, which ended in March.
If you're a cord cutter, you no longer have to worry about buying a dedicated media player just to watch live broadcasts on your LG TV. Sling TV's internet-only service is now available on "most" of LG's 2016-era webOS sets as an app, with 2017 models due to get it in the months ahead. In theory, that puts internet -only viewing just a launch bar shortcut away. It's helping to create a future where you can assume that your TV set can handle any kind of live broadcast, whether it's online or from a cable box. And of course, it's important for Sling as well -- this opens the doors to people who might not even realize that Sling TV exists, or aren't willing to pay for a separate device just to get live channels.