Japan


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 […]

NHK World-Japan extends German reach with Vodafone Deutschland deal

NHK World-Japan, the 24-hour international English-language channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, has launched on Vodafone Deutschland’s cable network in Germany. The channel will be available as an unencrypted, free-to-air service in standard definition, available to Vodafone’s 7.6 million cable TV customers across 13 federal states. NHK World-Japan will also from part of Vodafone’s TV […]

Eleven launches streaming service in Japan

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports is launching a new advertising-supported streaming service in Japan.  Launching on March 16, the new service will stream live action from the local Eastern and Western Leagues of the NPB Farm Leagues, Japan’s minor league baseball competitions. The service will be available for free via PC and smartphones at the elevensports.jp […]

J:COM taps Verimatrix for data analytics

Japanese pay TV provider J:COM has chosen content security specialist Verimatrix’s Verspective Intelligence to provide data analysis to enable the omcpany to make decisions about audiences, content, consumption, and overall service performance. J:COM selected Verspective Intelligence, the latest development to the Verspective Analytics solution suite, to generate usage reporting and analysis for its VOD services, providing […]

Access tapped for cable set-tops ahead of Japanese 4K launch

Panasonic System Solutions Japan has tapped TV technology outfit Access to provide its NetFront Browser BE v2 DTV Profile for digital cable set-tops that will support new 4K satellite broadcasting services to begin in December. The browser will be used in TZ-LT1000BW, a new basic model to be launched in November 2018, and TZ-HT3000BW, a […]

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