NTT to amalgamate fibre-optic video services; J:COM gets HBO

28 Aug 2007

Japan’s largest telecoms company by service revenues and subscribers, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT), is looking to merge three fibre-optic video distribution businesses to reduce costs and offset stagnating subscriber growth. Without citing sources, the Nikkei reports that NTT will integrate OCN Theater, 4th Media, and On Demand TV Inc under the plan. All three services specialise in offering triple-play internet voice telephony, video and high speed internet access via a box which connects to the fibre-optic networks of NTT’s regional units NTT East and NTT West. The three services currently have a combined subscriber base of around 200,000.

In a separate story, Japanese multiservice operator (MSO) Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) has inked a deal to bring HBO programmes to Japan through an on-demand service. Starting on 1 October, J:COM customers will be able to sign up to receive 80 episodes from four HBO programmes – including Big Love and The Sopranos – every month.