Hulu teams up with HBO for their service in Japan
June 29, 2012
Source: MM Network
Hulu has entered into a multi-year agreement with HBO to bring Japanese entertainment fans some of the most compelling American TV programming ever produced. Select HBO shows, including "Sex And The City" and "The Sopranos", will be available to Hulu subscribers in Japan, with additional HBO hit shows such as "Entourage" and "Band of Brothers" coming later this year. And earlier this month, Don Draper and the Madison Ave. heavyweights from the hit show "Mad Men" (seasons 1-3), launched on the Hulu service in Japan through a content partnership with Japanese distributor Pony Canyon.
The amount of content available to subscribers overall has increased by more than 300% since the service launched in September 2011. There are now more than 800 films and nearly 6,900 TV show episodes from 24 content providers. And the company has continued to heavily invest in creating original subtitles for TV shows that have never before been available in Japan, including new series like "Sons of Anarchy", "The Office" and "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia."
The company also offers their Japanese subscribers anime series, TV shows, and films from more than 10 Japanese and Korean content partners. In the spring, Hulu launched a partnership with local broadcaster TV Tokyo that brings Hulu subscribers popular TV shows including "Moteki," "Suzuki Sensei," "Yuja Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro" and "Saijo no Meii," as well as next day, catch-up access to popular animation series such as "Inazuma 11" and "Danball Senki".