i Movie Gate service to stream videos
TOKYO — Kadokawa Mobile has launched i Movie Gate, a service offering video content, including feature films, on cellphones.
Starting Monday, subs to NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode service were able access 130 titles from parent Kadokawa Group’s library, including pics, toons, music clips and video art, for monthly fees of 525 yen ($4.30) or $8.61. For the former service subs get 600 points, for the latter, 1,300 points that they can use to purchase content. A feature-length pic costs 300 points, a half-hour toon, 200. Subs can also buy extra points.
To use the service, subs must have DoCoMo phones that can handle streaming video. Subs can also download some titles for later viewing.
Although Kadokawa offers only 11 pics at the moment, it plans to boost the number this fall and winter, in line with the fall launch of DoCoMo’s updated phones.
Kadokawa and NTT DoCoMo inked a business tie-up in November — i Movie Gate is part of that deal. Kadokawa operates 35 i-mode sites, but i Movie Gate will be a portal site for video contents from throughout the Kadokawa Group.