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 […]

China’s iQiyi goes global with A+E Network’s first Korean drama

A+E Networks has unveiled its first foray into Korean drama with an adaptation of a hit webtoon, with a local broadcaster and streamers picking up rights to the series. Backstreet Rookie will debut simultaneously later this month on Korean network SBS and SVOD U-Next in Japan, while China-based streamer iQiyi will offer the show globally […]

Japan’s U-Next, Wowow Plus & TFC acquire ITV Studios dramas

U-Next, Wowow Plus and TFC are among Japanese broadcasters to have picked up scripted programming from ITV Studios (ITVS). Beaubourg Studios’ French crime procedural Balthazar has been acquired by both U-Next and AXN Mystery, with the former acquiring its second season and the latter picking up the first season on second run. Also included in […]

China’s Youku takes 80 hours of BBC Studios drama

Chinese streamer Youku has signed up for over 80 hours of drama programming from BBC Studios, including licensing the first four seasons of Sherlock. The deal, announced today at the BBC Studios Showcase event in Liverpool, includes Good Omens, Sanditon, the latest series of Doctor Who and Luther series 1-3.  Additionally, Youku will be the only Chinese video platform to air the entire […]

Exclusive: BBC Studios strikes first with U-Next in Japan, ‘Top Gear’ lands in India

Japanese SVOD operator U-Next has struck its first multi-year deal with BBC Studios (BBCS), unveiled as the UK broadcaster’s commercial arm welcomes hundreds of international buyers to its annual sales extravaganza in the UK city of Liverpool. The deal, revealed during BBCS’s Showcase 2020, provides U-Next with more than 3,000 episodes of localised titles ranging […]

CBS links with Japanese streamer 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 […]