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License Terms

Licensed Products (Licensed Services)

  • The ARIB Essential Patent License covers digital broadcasting receivers and digital broadcasting services.

  • Digital broadcasting means the following five types of broadcast waves:

    • BS digital satellite broadcasting;

    • 110°CS digital satellite broadcasting;

    • Digital terrestrial broadcasting;

    • "One Seg" broadcasting for mobile devices;

    • Digital terrestrial audio broadcasting.

  • The ARIB Essential Patent License does not cover devices for digital cable television, which are covered by the CATV Essential Patent License.

Who are required to obtain the ARIB Essential Patent License?

  • Manufacturers or distributors of digital broadcasting receivers, and providers of digital broadcasting services are required to obtain the ARIB Essential Patent License.
  • If a company outsources the manufacturing of digital broadcasting receivers to a third party, and the receivers are sold under the company's brand, then the party which attaches the brand will be primarily required to obtain the license.

Licensed Patents

  • Essential Patents* relating to reception and transmission of digital broadcasting are licensed.
    *Essential Patents mean the patents which are essential for manufacturing of the products or transmission services that satisfy the standards devised by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses.
  • Please click here to obtain the details for the patents to be licensed.

Royalty

  • For digital broadcasting receivers, the rates indicated in the table below shall apply, depending on the number and type of broadcast waves receivable with the licensed product.

    Number and Type of Receivable Broadcast Waves Royalty
    One wave 100 yen/unit
    Exceptions "One Seg" broadcasting only 50 yen/unit
    Digital terrestrial audio broadcasting only 50 yen/unit
    Two or more waves 200 yen/unit
    Exceptions a single product capable of receiving only "One Seg" broadcasting and digital terrestrial audio broadcasting 75 yen/unit
    a single product capable of receiving only digital terrestrial broadcasting and digital terrestrial audio broadcasting 125 yen/unit
  • When the licensed product is capable of receiving any of the following combinations, each combination shall be counted as one wave:

    • Where both BS digital satellite broadcasting and 110°CS digital satellite broadcasting are receivable;
      or

    • Where both digital terrestrial broadcasting and "One Seg" broadcasting are receivable automatically or manually switching within the same channel, depending on the broadcast wave condition.
  • Royalties for any case other than set forth above shall be separately determined.
  • Royalties shall be payable at the rates above for the period on and after January 1, 2000 up to the date immediately preceding the execution date of the relevant license agreement.

Duration of License Agreement

  • The license agreement shall take effect retroactively from January 1, 2007 and shall expire on March 31, 2017.
  • The license agreement shall be automatically renewed for every five years unless otherwise notified six months prior to the expiration date.

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