Japan


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 […]

DAZN secures extended Serie A rights for Germany and Austria

Sports streaming platform DAZN has secured exclusive rights to Italian Serie A football in Germany and Austria for the next three seasons, and co-exclusive rights in Japan and Canada. DAZN has secured the exclusive rights to air 380 Serie A matches in Germany and Austria during the three seasons from 2018. The OTT TV platform […]

DAZN taps Limelight for service delivery

Sports streaming provider DAZN has tapped CDN provider Limelight Networks to help it deliver its services. DAZN is using Limelight to provide distribution of its coverage of Japanese professional football league the J League, the rights to which the streaming service acquired in a 10-year exclusive deal. “No one wants an important play in a […]

Viacom in Japanese deal with Amazon

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has signed a channel distribution deal with Amazon, which will make Nickelodeon Japan and MTV MIX available on Amazon Prime Video Channels from July 3. Amazon Prime members can access the channels when they register on Prime Video Channels, a new service that launched on 14 June. The rollout of Nickelodeon Japan and […]

CBS teams up with Japanese SVOD service U-Next

CBS Studios International (CSI) has signed a multi-series, multi-year content licensing agreement with one of Japan’s largest SVOD platforms, U-Next. From this month, U-Next subscribers will have access to over 1300 episodes of current and past programming from CBS Television Studios, including the NCIS franchise, Hawaii Five-0, The Good Wife (pictured) and Reign – which will launch in Japan for the first […]

Amazon replaces Hulu Japan as exclusive HBO home

Amazon Prime Video’s Japanese wing has struck a deal to bring major HBO titles such as Game of Thrones and Westworld to the SVOD service. The HBO shows will be made available through Amazon Japan from April 1, with its catalogue launching immediately and other series joining six months after their premieres in Japan. Silicon […]

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