to Use Nico Nico Douga
Is Nico Nico Douga?
Nico Nico Douga (ニコニコ動画), also called "Nico Douga" or simply "Nico
a Japanese video site. It's similar to YouTube. When translated to
English, "Nico Nico Douga" means "Smiling Video"...which is
why their logo is a TV with a face inside.
SECTIONS ON THIS PAGE:
Part 1: Joining Nico Nico Douga | Part 2: Watching Live Videos | Part 3: Using Timeshift
Part 1: Joining Nico Nico Douga
NOTE: Nico Douga is now available in English!! This section can be ignored if you want.
Registration is pretty easy, but there are a lot of steps involved.
There are several websites that tell you what to do, step by step. You
can visit one of the sites below, or use a search engine to find something
When you finish registering your account, please read "Part 2" of this page.
Part 2: Watching Live Videos
Certain broadcasts (such
as sporting events)
might be marked
"Japan Only", and will block foreign IP addresses.
In most cases, the URL to your live video will be posted weeks in
advance. The URLs look similar to this:
these URLs as soon as you get them!
It'll take you to an information page (see image below). This
page will give you instructions on how to view the video. Usually, it recommends that you login
3-10 minutes EARLY, to avoid getting locked (or kicked) out.
- Before the video is aired, you'll be
taken to a page like this:
paragraphs you see [in the image above] describe what the video will be
1 - Video
Airdate: when the video will air. Written in YYYY/MM/DD format
(ex: 2010/12/23). The kanji at the end is just the day of the
week [ex: (木) means (Thurs)].
2 - "Doors
Open" Time: this is the earliest time you can enter the
broadcast room. The time is written in 24-hour/"Army"
14:57). You can convert it to your timezone on this
page. As stated earlier, you
should enter the broadcast room at
this time, to avoid getting locked (or kicked) out.
3 - "On
Air" Time: this is when the broadcast actually starts (ex:
4 - Countdown
Clock: counts the remaining time until the video starts.
Written in HH:MM format (ex: 1時間 6分). 時間 means "hour(s)", and 分 means
clock is real-time,
automatically update WITHOUT you refreshing the page.
5 - Doors/Gateway:
these doors will "open" at the times announced above (#2 and #3). The silver
door is for free members; the gold
door is for premium members. Gold members pay a
subscription fee, and are NEVER kicked out of a video room. (^^) Open and closed doors look like this:
6 - Order
a Premium Account: click here to buy a premium account.
It's a tricky process that (usually) involves a Japanese credit card,
or a Japanese convenience store. I won't explain how to buy an account
here, but you can search online to learn more.
- When the
you'll see a screen like this. Most of the items are
pretty self-explanatory, but I've
highlighted the main things to remember:
1 - Comments
Window - user-submitted comments go here. These comments will also scroll across the
video. Sometimes this is cool (ex: someone made a really
nice ASCII art), but it's mostly annoying (as you can see in the image above). To stop the scrolling comments,
click on the button (which I highlighted in red) that looks like this:
2 - Comments
Textbox - enter your comments here. They'll be displayed
in Area #1 (and they'll also scroll on the video too, if you didn't turn this
3 - Comments
Attributes - click the green button to change the way your comments look. Edit its
font size, font color, etc.
Part 3: Using Timeshift
The JP niconico site is now available in English. To view the JP niconico Live site in English, scroll to the bottom of the page and change the "Language" setting to "English (US)" from the drop-up list. The user interface is in English, but program titles and descriptions are still in Japanese.
To use timeshift, you must be logged in. You can log in or sign up for a free account by clicking on red "Login" option on the page header bar on the niconico Live page.
Free users can reserve a timeshift until 30 minutes before a program's start time. Premium users can reserve a timeshift as long as timeshift is available for that program, even after its broadcast.
To timeshift a program, click on the button with a clock on it that says "Reserve for Timeshift" on the program page or the niconico Live page. A popup will appear saying that the timeshifted program will be available for viewing 30 minutes after its broadcast and how long the program will be available for timeshift viewing. Click the "Reserve Timeshift" button to reserve the timeshift. The popup will then change to one saying that the program has been "Added to timeshift reservation."
You can see your list of timeshifts by clicking the "Check the Timeshift reservation on My Page" link on the popup. You can also access "My Page" by hovering over the "Menu" option located on the upper right hand corner of the page header bar and selecting "My Page" from the drop-down list.
Premium users have 30 timeshift slots. With a free account, you have 10 timeshift slots. To watch a timeshifted program, click "Watch." Viewing rights for timeshifted programs differs from program to program, so always check if there is a date and time (in red) by which you can watch a timeshift before it expires. For most timeshifts, once you start watching the program, you are given 24 hours + program duration until your viewing rights expire. So if you start watching something, you should finish watching it as soon as possible, and check the viewing rights before and after if you started watching a timeshift.
If you use up all your timeshift slots, you will need to delete a program to clear up a slot. You can do so by clicking on the red "[Delete]" option.