Advanced Television


Japan: Extreme E signs J SPORTS deal

Electric SUV racing series, Extreme E, has announced that one of Japan’s largest sports broadcaster, J SPORTS, is televising the championship on its linear channels, J SPORTS 1, J SPORTS 2, J SPORTS 3 and J SPORTS 4. All five of this year’s X Prix are being aired with Japanese subtitles, beginning with the debut […]

April 23, 2021

Japan: Benesse launching Meecha! SVoD

Benesse Corporation, the Japanese education services company, and the name behind the successful preschool character and educational property Shimajiro, has announced the imminent launch of a new SVoD service specialising in children’s programmes. The new service, called Meecha!, will be launched in Japan at the end of March. Meecha! will bring together both programme content […]

March 3, 2021

DAZN opens commercial premises in Japan

DAZN is ramping up the global expansion of its commercial premises business with its launch into Japan. The agreements will see DAZN available to show in venues such as bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels across the country. DAZN is launching its business-to-business offering with venue and agency deals to capitalise on its extensive rights in […]

December 11, 2020

Japan: DAZN 5G partnership with KDDI

DAZN, the sports streaming service, has partnered with Japanese telecommunications company, KDDI, to bring customers in Japan an enhanced 5G sport viewing experience. The agreement marks DAZN’s first 5G payment plan integration for customers. From December 11th, au customers with 5G enabled handsets will be able to watch DAZN via higher quality streams, with faster […]

December 9, 2020

Japan could fine TV licence non-payers

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications says it plans to introduce legislation to impose extra charges on people who are “illicitly” watching TV sets without paying the reception licence fee. Public broadcaster NHK depends on the reception fees for its income But the proposed new rules may not be easy to implement. A government […]

November 24, 2020By Chris Forrester

Japan: KDDI enhances video app to boost ROI of 5G

VisualOn, a streaming software provider, has announced that KDDI has selected the VisualOn Media Player to power video playback offer on its popular au Smart Pass service. Subscribers can now experience the highest quality video, including multiple synchronised streams, on the Smart Pass app. With its base of more than 40 million customers, KDDI has […]

August 7, 2020

Japan: Pay-TV growing despite Covid

Japan’s total pay-TV services revenue is set to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.9 per cent during 2019-2024, increasing from $8.9 billion (€7.6bn) in 2019 to $9.8 billion in 2024, according to revised pay-TV forecasts from data and analytics company GlobalData. GlobalData’s Japan Telecom Operators Country Intelligence Report indicates that the overall […]

July 24, 2020

NHK loses ‘modified TV licence fee’ case

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has lost a court action concerning its annual licence fee. It is the first time than NHK has lost such an action. The case concerned a viewer who had modified his TV with a signal filter to not receive signals from NHK and was thus not required to pay the license […]

June 29, 2020By Chris Forrester

Plume & J:COM partner for Smart Home services

Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM), Japan’s largest cable TV operator serving more than 5.5 million subscribers, and Smart Home services pioneer Plume, have announced an expanded partnership where J:COM will distribute Plume’s platform to cable operators throughout Japan. Japanese cable operators now have the ability to offer Plume’s advanced Consumer Experience Management (CEM) Platform for the smart […]

June 29, 2020

DAZN to stream all EPL games in Spain, Canada, Japan

DAZN, the global sports streaming service, will show all 92 remaining Premier League fixtures live and exclusively in Canada, Japan and Spain when the 2019/20 season resumes on June 17th. DAZN has the exclusive live media rights for coverage of the Premier League in Canada, Japan and Spain for the three seasons between 2019 and […]

June 5, 2020