NENT Group makes new international plans with Viaplay Select

In a fresh twist to its international expansion plans, Nordic Entertainment/Viaplay has launched a branded content concept, Viaplay Select, that will be available through partner platforms in selected markets starting with Japan. The group has meanwhile also revealed that its paid subscriber base role by over half in the year to March, fuelled by a […]

Rialto streamer launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels Japan

Rialto International, the streaming JV backed by media entrepreneur and investor Bruce Tuchman and New Zealand’s Rialto Channel, has launched a branded on-demand streaming service focused on independent film on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Japan. The service features curated films from independent film producers and distributors. Tuchman recently launched Rialto International, a 50-50 joint […]

Japan’s Wowow taps NPAW for On Demand service

Japanese satellite pay TV channel operator Wowow has tapped Spain-based quality assurance and analytics specialist Nice People at Work (NPAW) to support its recently launched Wowow On Demand offering. Wowow, through technology partner Innotech Corp, has integrated NPAW’s video intelligence software to support access to its content via OTT for mobile and tablet users. NPAW […]

DAZN teams up with KDDI for 5G sports experience

Sports streamer DAZN has partnered with Japanese telecommunications company KDDI, to bring customers in Japan an enhanced 5G sport viewing experience. The deal marks DAZN’s first 5G payment plan integration for customers. From December 11, au customers with 5G enabled handsets will be able to watch DAZN via higher quality streams, with faster download speeds […]

KDDI taps VisualOn for 5G mobile video

Japanese service provider KDDI has chosen streaming software provider VisualOn’s media player to power video playback offer on its au Smart Pass service. Subscribers can now experience video including multiple synchronized streams on the Smart Pass app, which the operator, which has around 40 million users, is using to market 5G connectivity. KDDI’s basic au […]

Pay TV set for modest growth in Japan despite cord cutting

The pay TV sector in Japan is set for modest growth in the coming years. According to the Japan Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Report from analytics firm GlobalData, pay TV in the country will register a CAGR of 1.9% between 2019-2024, increasing from US$8.9 billion to US$9.8 billion by the end of the five year […]

Telco and pay TV revenues set for growth in Japan

Telecom and pay TV revenues in Japan will reach US$153.1 billion in 2024, up from US$124.1 billion last year, according to research by GlobalData. According to the latest Japan Telecom Country Intelligence Report, the 4.3% compound annual growth rate in revenue will be driven by growth in mobile data, fixed-broadband and pay TV. The report’s […]

Japan set for moderate telco and pay TV growth

Japanese telco and pay TV services are set to grow at a moderate CAGR of 2.3% between 2018-23. According to data and analytics company GlobalData, this is mainly supported by the  rising adoption of mobile data, fixed broadband and pay-TV services. Mobile data will be the fastest growing and largest revenue-contributing segment. Mobile data’s revenue […]

Hulu Japan taps Bitmovin for encoding

Hulu Japan operator HJ Holdings and online video platform Play have chosen Bitmovin Encoding to deliver the service to multiple screens. The deployment was implemented through Bitmovin’s local integrator partner Itochu Cable Systems (ICS). HJ runs an online video delivery service that allows its subscribers to access a library of content which features over 50,000 titles, including movies, […]

Rakuten to launch sports streaming channel

Rakuten has made its first foray into live streaming with the launch of Rakuten Sports. The flagship feature of Rakuten Sports is access to Meiji Yasuda J1 League matches from the 2019 season both live and on demand. The service also features an original series –  Iniesta TV – which follows the international soccer star […]

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