Netflix's prospects for success in Japan, its future content strategy, and its potential bandwidth challenges as ISPs like Charter Communications grow their broadband footprint are among the topics analysts will likely want to hear about when the SVOD market leader discusses its second-quarter earnings results.
Subscription video on demand leader Netflix will launch this fall in Japan, about six months after announcing it would bring its service to the country. And in keeping with its model of blending locally produced content with its other internationally licensed movies and TV series, Netflix has signed a deal with Fuji Media Holdings to feature two of its series on the service.
While consumer electronics makers and pay-TV companies complain about the dearth of available 4K programming needed to grow the market, 8K video has already surfaced on YouTube.
Netflix is making good on its international expansion plans with the announcement that it will launch its service in Japan this fall.
Netflix is continuing its international expansion with a long-expected launch into Japan that will take place in the fall of 2015. But its big surprise this week was an announcement that it is now streaming into Cuba, an entry made possible by the Obama administration's move to normalize relations with the country.
Subscription video on demand provider Netflix is continuing to find new inroads to boosting subscribership worldwide. In addition to a recent, unpromoted rise in its subscription rate for 4K programming, the company may be angling toward entry into Asia via Japan.
Alcatel-Lucent is giving its service provider and enterprise customers a chance to figure out new potential broadband and cloud-based services by opening a new network center in Tokyo.
NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is offering a "premium" public Wi-Fi service, with a maximum speed of 72 Mbps, to travelers within Japan on a trial basis.
The submarine cable industry just gained another new player as six major service providers have formed a consortium to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system to be called "FASTER," with NEC Corporation as the system supplier.
The governments of China and South Korea are being particularly aggressive in pursuing 5G development efforts, while Japan is taking an approach akin to that of the United States by relying more upon private companies to invest in the next-generation technologies.