Netflix to launch in Japan in autumn 2015

5 Feb 2015

Internet movie and TV subscription service Netflix yesterday announced its intention to launch commercially in Japan this autumn, as the over-the-top (OTT) content provider moves to complete its global rollout by the end of 2016. Japanese subscribers will be able to watch a range of films and TV shows in high-definition (HD) or even 4K (i.e. ultra HD with up to four times the resolution of HD TV) where available, with Netflix promising a ‘strong selection’ of Japanese films and TV series, as well as premium offerings such as Marco Polo, Sense8 and Marvel’s Daredevil. The rollout in Japan, with about 36 million broadband households, will follow the previously announced March expansion of the Netflix service into Australia and New Zealand. Netflix says its OTT service will be available at launch on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones, computers and a range of internet-capable game consoles and set-top boxes. Additional details on pricing, programming and supported devices will be available at a later date.