ViacomCBS Partners With Rakuten To Launch Nick+ Streaming Service In Japan

The deal includes the Japan launch of ViacomCBS’s kids streaming channel Nick+, as well as a dedicated Nickelodeon zone for merchandise sales on Rakuten’s flagship e-commerce platform.

Big Japanese Sales For Calrec’s Brio Consoles

In 2018, Calrec Audio sold 40 of its Brio audio consoles to a number of Japanese broadcasters. The customers are a mix of existing and new. The installations were provided by Calrec’s exclusive Japanese distributor, Hibino Intersound, which said the customers are using their Brios in a variety of ways, including for sub-mixing or as backup consoles. […]

Japan’s Anime Industry Grows To Record $17.7B

Will Japan’s Auto Industry Consolidate?

Toyota’s deal in January to acquire the remainder of Daihatsu Motor Co. for about $3.2 billion in stock may represent the dawn of a leaner Japanese auto industry, according to Jefferies Group analyst Takaki Nakanishi. By 2020, he sees the nation’s ranks of carmakers shrinking from the current eight to no more than three company groups, driven by the rising costs of competing to make cars cleaner, safer and more connected.

90TH ANNIVERSARY

NHK Goes For New Gold With 8K Olympics

In October 1964, Tokyo welcomed the world as it hosted the Summer Olympics. The event signaled Japan’s recovery from the devastation of World War II. To broadcast the proceedings, venerable pubcaster Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) was there. Now in its 90th year, that star has faded slightly as changing viewer demographics and questions about neutrality pose challenges for the broadcaster that has always pushed the tech envelope.

Japan TV Nets To Launch TVer OTT Platform

Japan’s five Tokyo-based commercial TV networks will jointly launch a service to stream their new shows on the Internet, starting in October. Called TVer, the service will offer the shows, including popular variety and drama programs, free of charge with commercials generating revenue. Each network will supply about 10 shows weekly and each show will be streamed for about one week.

Japan To Start 4K Broadcasts In July 2014

The Japanese government is set to launch the world’s first 4K TV broadcast in July 2014, roughly two years ahead of schedule, to help stir demand for ultra high-definition televisions, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday without citing sources.

Hulu To Launch CBS Subscription Service In Japan

CBS Corp. and Hulu signed a multi-year, non-exclusive licensing agreement that will let certain CBS TV shows to be streamed instantly by subscribers to Hulu’s new subscription-only service in Japan. Under this new deal, Hulu subscribers in Japan will have access to previous seasons of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, NCIS and […]

Hulu Announces Plans To Launch Service In Japan

NAB 2011

Japan Crisis Reverberates At NAB Show

The monumental disaster continuing to plague Japan was felt throughout the NAB convention, as many companies, most with Japanese roots, said that while manufacturing had been stabilized in factories that had escaped initial earthquake and tsunami, many component suppliers had been negatively affected. This in turn, could cause a delay in product shipments later this year.

Quake May Reduce Auto Output By 30%

Parts shortages caused by Japan’s record earthquake may reduce global automobile production by about 30%, according to the research firm IHS Automotive. If parts plants affected by the quake don’t return to operation within six weeks, global auto output may drop as much as 100,000 vehicles a day, according to IHS. The industry reportedly produces 280,000 to 300,000 vehicles daily.

Japanese Disaster Impacts Auto Spending

While a survey of agencies this month showed that executives there expect Japanese auto dealers to spend less on advertising in the U.S., it also showed they expected domestic auto dealers to increase their spending.

Prius Production Resumes At Toyota

Toyota is restarting production of the Prius and two other hybrid models in Japan as Honda extends its shutdown. The Prius is made at the Tsutsumi factory in western Japan, while the two hybrid Lexus models are produced in the southern island of Kyushu. Toyota has nine other factories in Japan. Toyota has only said shutdowns will last at least until Saturday. It will have lost production of about 140,000 vehicles by then.

Tsunami Sparks Concern Over Electronics

No Tape Shortage Yet In Hollywood

Japan’s NHK Looking For New President … Again