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.
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.
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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;
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.
The license agreement shall be automatically renewed for every five years unless otherwise notified six months prior to the expiration date.