Japan’s U-Next secures extra distribution with cable deal

Japanese streamer U-Next has forged a partnership with cable operator Tōhoku Cable TV Network that gives it additional reach and also provides for the distribution of Tōhoku content on its service. The cable network gives U-Next additional distribution in the Tōhoku region in the northern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The Tōhoku […]

Disney and Hulu Japan in streaming pact

Disney and Hulu Japan have teamed up in Japan to launch a new bundle pair their respective streaming services in the country in a new bundle. Hulu (Japan), operated by HJ Holdings, a subsidiary of Nippon Television Network Corporation and the SVOD platform for Nippon TV, houses on-demand viewing of television series from Nippon TV […]

Japan’s U-Next boosts manga book offering

Japanese streamer U-Next has revamped the manga offering that is part of its offering by allowing users who are not signed up to a monthly plan to receive manga comics and other books from the platform. U-Next introduced books and video in a single integrated app in 2019, allowing customers who signed up to a […]

Japan’s U-Next integrates ex-rival Paravi following merger

Japanese streamer U-Next has integrated programmes aired on the Paravi service it acquired into its own offering and has begun migrating Paravi subscribers to U-Next. U-Next said that over 10,000 programme episodes on Paravi would now be available via U-Next, including shows from broadcasters TBS and TV Tokyo and archive shows. U-Next merged with Premium […]

Japan’s U-Next revamps expanding live sports line-up

Japanese streamer U-Next has revamped its sports services to give it more visibility as it expands its offering. The streamer has split its sports content line-up into four distinct discipline-based elements, with sections for football, martial arts, golf and baseball and other sports. U-Next said it would highlight sports by making each discipline an independent […]

Japan’s U-Next secures LaLiga in five-season deal

Japanese streamer U-Next has signed a distribution partnership deal with Spain’s LaLiga giving U-Next rights to distribute Spanish top-tier footgall for the next five seasons. In addition to live streaming of all 380 matches of the Spanish soccer league, which will start on August 12, in full HD (1080p), U-Next subscribers can watch six playoff […]

Streamer U-Next turns back the clock to DVD rental with Tsutaya collaboration

Japanese streamer U-Next has teamed up with Culture Convenience Club, the owner of the Tsutaya video rental store chain to make a combined offering of its streaming service with DVD rental. The pair have agreed to offer Tsutaya Premium Next, allowing users to rent DVDs and stream content from U-Next with a single subscription. The […]

U-Next surpasses 3m subscribers ahead of Paravi integration

The number of paying customers to Japanese streaming service U-Next has passed the three million subscriber milestone. U-Next had three million paying subs as May 31, the company said. The U-Next service launched as GyaO Next in June 2007 before changing its name two years later. It reached two million subscribers at the end of […]

WOWOW Japan plots recovery after bruising 2022

Japanese pay TV broadcaster WOWOW has posted full-year financials for a bruising 2022 with its CEO admitting that it “continues to struggle in the midst of major market and lifestyle changes triggered by the coronavirus disaster”. President and CEO Akira Tanaka said the company’s financials and operating results had been hit by “the rise of […]

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 […]

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