TOKYO — The Japanese will be able to get HBO shows for the first time via a deal with local cable TV operator Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM).
Its video-on-demand content provider, Jupiter VOD, will air “Big Love,” “The Sopranos,” “Entourage” and the 12-part miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” via J:COM on Demand, starting Oct. 1.
Service will offer four HBO shows a month, with 80 episodes on tap any time, many in high-def. It will also refresh the line-up each month with new seasons of HBO series.
“HBO programs, such as ‘The Sopranos,’ are well known and in high demand throughout Japan,” said J:COM service strategy manager Toru Kato. “We look forward to a positive penetration effect on the J:COM On Demand service by providing HBO’s high-quality programs.”
Established in 1995, J:COM is Japan’s largest multi-service operator, serving 2.71 million households, principally in major metro regions, as of the end of July In addition to cable TV, the company provides high-speed Internet access, telephony and mobile services.