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Four TV channels aimed at Japanese and Afrikaans speakers are coming to Freeview HD.

JSTV and JSTV2 are the only Japanese-language channels in Europe. They feature entertainment shows, films, news, sports and children's programmes and are subscription-based.

Afrikaans speakers can enjoy kykNET and kykNET Musiek. They offer talk shows, music programmes, dramas and cookery shows. They too are pay channels.

To subscribe, you'll have to head to a new pay portal on Freeview HD.

All four are brought to the UK by THEMA – which is owned by Canal+ – and Arqiva.

Thanks to a subscriber management service, THEMA can get insights into viewers' behaviour.

"By creating a bespoke pay TV capability for the THEMA channels we're allowing greater flexibility in the content they serve and how they engage with their audiences," said Tom Cape, Arqiva's director of connected solutions.

"We're pleased to announce this agreement with Arqiva to provide high quality programmes to UK viewers on Freeview HD," added THEMA CEO Francois Thiellet.

kykNET is also available on TalkTalk's YouView service. JSTV launched in 1990 as a satellite channel, and is available as an online channel in hotels across Europe and the Middle East.


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