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TBI Tech & Analysis: Exploring Japan’s unique pay TV & streaming ecosystem

Jun Wen Woo, senior analyst for TV & Online Video at research powerhouse Omdia, delves into Japan’s fascinating content market and explores how pay TV and streaming fortunes have changed. Japan is a unique market where traditional TV/video market sources like broadcasters and the physical video market remain relevant in the country despite fast growing […]

Viaplay joins HBO Asia, Hulu Japan on Mediapro Studio’s Antarctica thriller

Nordic streamer Viaplay has partnered with HBO Asia, Hulu in Japan and Spain’s The Mediapro Studio on a six-part crime drama set in the Antarctic. The Head is an English- and Danish-language series directed by Jorge Dorado (The Pier), which has been written by Àlex and David Pastor (Carriers) along with Isaac Sastre (Al Filo De […]

Hulu Japan gets ‘Filthy Rich’ from Newen Distribution

Hulu Japan has bought two seasons of New Zealand family drama Filthy Rich from Newen Distribution. The drama, originally commissioned by New Zealand’s TV2 and produced by Filthy Productions, has already been sold into Hulu out of the US and Fox in the Middle East. The format is also being remade Stateside by Fox. The […]

Amazon usurps 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 (pictured) 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. […]

Nippon restructures sales under 34-year veteran

Japan’s Nippon Television Network Corporation has appointed Yoshio Nakayama to run a restructured international business development (IBD) unit. The appointment of the long-serving Nakayama, a Nippon board director and operating officer, comes as the commercial broadcaster claimed revenue and sales at the IBD unit reached “an all-time high”. Current IBD president Atsushi Hatayama will continue […]

BBC starts streaming news on Hulu Japan

The BBC has started streaming its international news channel on the Hulu on-demand service in Japan. The linear BBC World News net is the first streamed news channel on the service and marks the first time that the UK pubcaster the BBC has launched its channel on an SVOD service.It will run around the clock. […]

A+E sends C+I titles to Hulu Japan

A+E Networks and Hulu Japan are expanding their existing relationship through a deal that will see the Crime + Investigation brand debuting in the territory. The pair already has a content agreement for A+E’s History network programming, and this new deal sees Hulu adding titles including The First 48, 60 Days In (pictured) and My Ghost […]

TVT hires exec from Scripps

Media services and post-production outfit TVT has hired Scripps Networks group financial controller Richard Bains as VP of finance. Bains led the integration of business units in territories including India, Russia and the UK while at Scripps. He previously also worked for a string of media companies including Fremantle Media, Warner Bros Productions, BBC Global […]

Hulu Japan takes A+E content SVOD rights

Japanese subscription on-demand service Hulu is bringing an “extensive” catalogue of programming from A+E Networks to its platform. A+E has closed a deal with Hulu’s parent, HJ Holdings, that will see History Channel shows such as Pawn Stars and Counting Cars offered through an exclusive section of Hulu Japan. This will also includes shows from […]

Netflix links with SoftBank, plans originals

Subscriptions to streaming service Netflix will be sold through telecommunications firm SoftBank when it launches in Japan on September 2. A deal with the mobile phone provider will allow customers to purchase Netflix subscriptions through SoftBank shops, major electronics outlets, the SoftBank website and call centres. Additionally, SoftBank will begin pre-installing Netflix on its smartphone […]