CBS STUDIOS INTERNATIONAL AND AVEX GROUP HOLDING INC. ANNOUNCE NEW MOBILE SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO ON DEMAND DEAL
LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2012 CBS Studios International and Japan’s Avex Broadcasting & Communications today announced a new multi-year, non-exclusive agreement for CBS programming to be available on AVEX ’s d Market Video Store, a subscription on-demand video service available to DOCOMO mobile subscribers for their smartphones and tablets.
The subscription video on demand deal includes television content from across the CBS Corporation. This includes early seasons of current hits such as NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and 90210, all of which were just renewed for new seasons in the United States, and full seasons of iconic series such as Star Trek, Star Trek: Enterprise, Numb3rs, Medium and The 4400.
“The continued growth of mobile devices in Japan has opened new and exciting opportunities to monetize our content in a way that complements our existing licensing deals in the market,” said Armando Nuñez, President, CBS Studios International. “We’re thrilled to partner with Avex to deliver CBS programming to the progressive Japanese audiences on these platforms.”
“Japan has entered into a new era, of the way people enjoy entertainment contents. Since our launch of “d Market Video Store” in November 2011, we were very fortunate to have a successful growth in our subscriber numbers. Now, our challenge is to maintain our growth rate, and to maintain a satisfying service for our existing subscribers,” said Hidemi Arasaki, Director and Business Strategy of Avex Broadcasting & Communications. “We receive more and more demands for American TV series. We are very excited to have CBS Studios International’s content on board our service which we believe will boost our service satisfactory level for our new and existing subscribers,”
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to over 200 markets and in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse line-up of formats for local production around the world and participates in international channel ventures. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.
Avex Broadcasting & Communications Inc. is a joint venture company between Avex Entertainment Inc., Japan’s leading entertainment conglomerate, and NTT Docomo Inc., Japan’s leading mobile carrier company. Avex Broadcasting & Communications Inc. launched “d Market Video Store powered by BeeTV”, a 525 Yen/ month Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) exclusive to NTT docomo’ s Android OS devices, on November 2011. As of end of April 2012, the service has gained over 1,000,000 subscribers. Avex Broadcasting & Communications Inc. is a 100% subsidiary company of AVEX GROUP HOLDINGS INC.
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