Japan’s J-COM broadband launches Concurrent’s on-demand platform

Serving over 1.6 million households, Jupiter Telecommunications is using Concurrent’s MediaHawk on-demand platform as the foundation for its new on-demand services.

Concurrent Computer has announced that Jupiter Telecommunications (J-COM Broadband), a broadband and hybrid fiber coax (HFC) cable service provider in Japan, has successfully launched commercial on-demand services powered by its MediaHawk on-demand platform.

J-COM TV has over 1.6 million subscribing households and passes more than 7 million homes. The provider has installed over 240,000 digital set-top boxes (STBs) within about a year after the announcement of digital services. On-demand services have been initially launched in the Tokyo area, with expansion of services planned for all digital STBs in Kansai, Kyushu and Sapporo within six months.

In the launch, subscribers have access to more than 1100 titles of premium on-demand and monthly on-demand programming, including Japanese and Hollywood movies; children’s programming; educational and self-improvement content; karaoke; and music videos. Subscribers also have access to free on-demand, including local area and local government access programming.

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