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HBO Signs Exclusive Deal with Japanese Pay TV Service Star Channel

Japan’s premium pay TV platform Star Channel has agreed to a new exclusive television content deal with HBO. The operator will be the exclusive television home in Japan to HBO titles, including the new season of “Game of Thrones.”

The service chiefly carries blockbuster movies, and has output deals with almost all of the major Hollywood studios, including Warner Bros., Paramount, NBCU, Disney and Fox. This is its first output deal for TV series. The pay TV channel has 520,000 subscribers, but Star Channel also operates three channels on satellite, whose non-scrambled transmission is received by 37 million households in Japan.

In October, Star Channel’s shareholders, Tohokushinsya Film Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment, appointed Keiichi Kosaka and Hiroko Ozawa as representative directors. The duo were instructed to strengthen programming and marketing.

“At the re-branded Star Channel, we are committed to providing more than just content, but to offering value-added services with a focus on originality and exclusivity, creating a unique community for cinema fans,” Keiichi Kosaka said.

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