HBO in Japanese orbit via Jupiter

Service to air 'Love,' 'Sopranos,' 'Entourage'

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.

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