The streaming service Paramount+ will make its debut in Japan on both J:COM and WOWOW on December 1.
J:COM is one of the country’s top cable TV operators and broadband internet providers and WOWOW the top premium pay channel in the market. Japan will be the second market in Asia to launch the service, following its debut in Korea last year.
Commenting on the launch, Marco Nobili, executive VP and international general manager of Paramount+ International, said: “With the launch of Paramount+ in Japan, we are now delivering hours of popular films and series to fans in all key streaming markets worldwide. It is an important milestone for us and a critical step for the future of our streaming business.
“I am excited to strengthen our collaboration with J:COM and WOWOW to offer their audiences incredible content and beloved stars and characters from our iconic studios and brands.”
Yoichi Iwaki, president, representative director of J:COM, added: “For many years, Paramount Global has been delivering its music channel MTV and a variety of movies and dramas to customers through J:COM TV, which has been one of the most attractive features of J:COM TV and has been supported by customers. We are pleased to bring Paramount’s diverse content to the people of Japan through this new partnership.?In particular, the group’s drama series like NCIS and CSI are highly acclaimed by our customers, and we will deliver attractive content, including Paramount+ original productions through J:COM STREAM.?Together with our long-time partner WOWOW, we will ensure the success of Paramount+ in Japan. In addition, we will strengthen our partnerships with both parties to enhance the value of the entertainment experience for our customers”.
Akira Tanaka, representative director, president and CEO of WOWOW, said: “Paramount Global has continued to lead the US film and TV industry, consistently producing works that move people around the world.?For 20 years, WOWOW has been delivering Hollywood films and drama series from Paramount Global, all of which have received high praise from our subscribers. With this partnership, we are now able to offer a large volume of?wonderful content?from Paramount+, including films and?international?dramas, through WOWOW on demand.?WOWOW, along with JCOM, will work diligently for the success of Paramount+ in Japan.?We are excited about our partnership with Paramount. I also hope to explore further collaborations with?both companies in the future and connect it to various new initiatives, using content”.