Though Hulu is not a new commer, its now making its mark internationally, it launched a subscription service in Japan today. Hulu.jp brings the video streaming service with both TV shows and movies across various devices as expected for a subscription of around$19.19 US per month (1,480 Yen).
In Japan the service will be only subscription and not both free and premium versions as seen in the U.S . And its also seen that Hulu’ll cost twice more than Hulu Plus does in the U.S (which is only $8 a month).For the launch of the subscription service in Japan, Hulu has secured licensing deals with top film studios and TV networks including CBS, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company (Japan) featuring content from Disney/ABC Television Group and The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Bros. Additional content will be soon be added to the service, including Japanese-produced content and other content from and across the Asian region.
SVP of International for Hulu,Johannes Larcher said
“Since launching Hulu in 2008 in the U.S., we have been working hard to bring our service to consumers outside our home market and become a global brand. Today, we are taking a first, but important step to make good on our aspiration to serve customers all over the world,” said Johannes Larcher, “Since launching Hulu in 2008 in the U.S., we have been working hard to bring our service to consumers outside our home market and become a global brand. Today, we are taking a first, but important step to make good on our aspiration to serve customers all over the world,”
Hulu seems to bring out the American shows in both English and Japanese from CBS, NBC, and ABC, TV shows including 24, Bones, Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, Fringe, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Heroes, LOST, NCIS, Private Practice, Prison Break and Ugly Betty and more, as well as movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Armageddon, Men in Black,As Good As It Get, and Troy. Hulu plans to add Japanese-produced shows and moveis as well. Japanese users can stream the content directly to Panasonic TVs, iOS and select Android devices, with Panasonic Blu-ray players, Sony Blu-ray players and TVs, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles and select Android tablets.
Along with the launch, Hulu is also announcing an exclusive mobile partnership with NTT Docomo, the largest mobile carrier in Japan. The subscription covers viewing on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers, connected TVs, and through videogame consoles.
Hulu is offering Japanese users one free month to try the Hulu subscription service.Customers can go to www.hulu.jp to subscribe.