Advanced Television


Nippon TV takes controlling stake in Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli, the celebrated Japanese animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki, is to become a subsidiary of Nippon Television Network. The boards of both companies have agreed that the Japanese commercial broadcast network will become Studio Ghibli’s top shareholder, with a 42.3 per cent stake. Financial details were not disclosed. Nippon TV’s Senior Operating Officer […]

September 21, 2023

Paramount+ launching in Japan

Paramount has announced the upcoming launch of its streaming service Paramount+ in Japan with J:COM, the cable television operator and broadband internet provider, and with pay-TV service Wowow. Japan is the second market in Asia to launch the service, following its debut in Korea last year. Beginning December 1st, Paramount+ will bring its catalogue films […]

September 20, 2023

Japan: SoftBank, OneWeb distribution deal

SoftBank and OneWeb have signed a Distribution Partnership Agreement to deliver satellite communication services across Japan. SoftBank and OneWeb will promote the delivery and upgrade of satellite communication services. OneWeb’s LEO satellite-based services will provide fast communication services with low latency, as LEO satellites are located close to the earth. By integrating with SoftBank’s closed […]

September 12, 2023

Japan: KDDI to use Starlink

Japanese telco KDDI and SpaceX have signed an agreement whereby KDDI will provide satellite cellular service using SpaceX’s Starlink and KDDI’s wireless spectrum throughout Japan. Their statement says that the agreement will enhance KDDI’s cellular connectivity to areas beyond the limits of traditional 4G/5G networks and include rural areas, remote islands and mountainous regions. KDDI […]

August 31, 2023

Japan: Mobile service revenue to increase 6.2% to 2028

Japan’s mobile service revenue is poised to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2 per cent from $65 billion (€59.8m) in 2023 to $87.9 billion in 2028, mainly supported by the mobile data service segment, forecasts GlobalData, the data and analytics company. GlobalData’s Indonesia Mobile Broadband Forecast (Q2-2023) reveals that mobile voice […]

August 18, 2023

SoftBank happy with HAPS

HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station), sometimes in the shape of a giant balloon or – as in this case – a high-flying unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has caught the eye of Japan’s SoftBank. The objective is to use a HAPS vehicle or balloon to serve broadband to a very wide region below. On October 1st […]

August 14, 2023By Chris Forrester

Japan: Warner Bros Discovery, J:COM expand JV

Warner Bros Discovery and J:COM have announced a strategic new agreement in Japan, expanding their joint venture partnership from the current two networks to a seven channel linear TV portfolio. The multi-year deal, effective immediately, strengthens the collaboration between the two companies as they continue to bring entertainment to Japanese audiences. The expanded portfolio brings […]

August 8, 2023

Forecast: Carrier billing spend at $122bn by 2027

A study from Juniper Research, foremost experts in payments, found that carrier billing spend will reach $122 billion (€110.8bn) globally by 2027, rising from $70 billion in 2023. This growth of 74 per cent over the next four years will be driven by carrier billing expanding beyond content and into physical goods and ticketing. report […]

April 24, 2023

Forecast: Japan telco, pay-TV revenues over $130bn in 2027

The total telecom and pay-TV services revenue in Japan is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7 per cent over the forecast period 2022-2027, exceeding $130 billion (€118.4bn), mainly supported by the mobile data and fixed broadband service segments, according to GlobalData, the data and analytics company. GlobalData’s Japan Telecom […]

April 18, 2023

Banijay Rights announces Lego Masters Japan

Banijay Rights has announced a new adaptation for competition reality format Lego Masters, with a landmark agreement confirmed in Japan. Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) will produce and broadcast a first season of the format – the third version to air in Asia following adaptations by MBC in South Korea and Shenzhen TV in China. Production […]

April 13, 2023