Advanced Television


Japan: SES, SoftBank partner to deliver live sport

SoftBank, a telecom carrier in Japan, has partnered with SES for the aggregation and delivery of live sporting events to its corporate customers, such as TV stations and video distribution companies. Under the new agreement, SES, via its global infrastructure of multi-orbit satellite fleets and fibre network, will aggregate content and deliver it directly to […]

September 30, 2021

Crunchyroll, Fuji TV partnership

Global anime service Crunchyroll and Japanese TV network Fuji TV have announced a partnership that will bring fans more anime through the development and production of new series. These titles will be broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV’s +Ultra programming block and streamed on Crunchyroll in over 200 countries and territories. Through this partnership, Crunchyroll […]

September 23, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Study: Japan has the best Netflix content

Japan’s Netflix library contains more top-quality TV and film content than anywhere else in the world, according to a study by Uswitch.   The research calculated which countries have access to the best-reviewed and most awarded TV and film content by totalling the IMDb scores for every TV series and film in each country’s library. This was […]

September 21, 2021

SpaceX’s Starlink to launch in Japan

Elon Musk’s broadband by satellite service Starlink will launch in Japan next year. Starlink has announced a partnership with Japan’s cellular operator KDDI to offer an urban mobile connectivity experience to its rural mobile customers from its 1200 remote cellular towers. KDDI and SpaceX say they will offer Starlink services to clients living in mountainous […]

September 16, 2021By Chris Forrester

Japan: Disney+ adding Star brand in October

The Disney+ service in Japan will expand its general entertainment content with the introduction of the Star brand on October 27th. With the addition of Star to the current line-up of content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, Disney+ Japan will feature over 16,000 titles. The Star brand features thousands of hours […]

September 2, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Japan: DAZN acquires AFC rights

Following its recent acquisition of the AFC Champions League for the next eight seasons, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced sports streamer DAZN as the media rights partner in Japan for all major AFC national team and club competitions for the upcoming cycles in 2021-2024 and 2025 to 2028. The latest announcement will see […]

August 20, 2021

Rakuten acquires Altiostar at $1bn+ valuation

Rakuten Group has announced the acquisition of US-based mobile technology company, Altiostar Networks, at a total valuation of Altiostar at over $1 billion. Rakuten and Altiostar will partner to accelerate deployment of software-centric, virtualised services for the mobile industry across the globe. Altiostar’s 4G and 5G open virtual Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) solutions are […]

August 4, 2021

Intelsat wants Japan’s JSAT to have JCSAT-RA

Intelsat is seeking regulatory approval to shift ownership of its JCSAT-RA satellite to Japan’s JSAT SkyPerfect. Intelsat and SkyPerfect have had a commercial agreement over usage of the satellite, but Intelsat says that because of its 2018 launch of its Horizons 3e satellite to the 169 degree East orbital slot, it no longer needs JCSAT-RA […]

July 30, 2021By Chris Forrester

Ultra HD Forum: “Hard to make business case for 8K”

There are now five 8K television services available, although the longest-established service (BS8K) is only available in Japan. The other 4 services are available internationally, and include: · NASA, an OTT service launched in 2018 · Rakuten TV, OTT launched in 2018 · The Explorers, OTT available since 2019 · YouTube, OTT, since 2013 Japan’s […]

July 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

WOWOW chooses NPAW to elevate end-user experience of WOD

WOWOW, a premium satellite television station in Japan, integrates NPAW video intelligence, in collaboration with its trusted partner in Japan INNOTECH Corporation, enabling premium access to live and on-demand experience from user’s devices such as, smartphones and tablets. NPAW insights will help build stronger connections with subscribers, discover user needs and new business opportunities, and […]

July 12, 2021