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| Softbank, Others Start Web Movie Distribution Company
January 29, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Softbank Corp., Yahoo! Japan Inc. and Broadcast.com
Inc. set up Broadcast.com Japan, a firm that will distribute motion
pictures and streaming sound via the Internet.
|"Since integrated services digital network (ISDN) lines for home use
are more widespread in Japan than they are in the United States, we
think the service by the new company has a high potential," said Masayoshi
Son, president of Softbank.
Of the 550 million yen (US$4.81 million) in capital, Softbank is providing
50 percent, Broadcast.com 40 percent and Yahoo Japan 10 percent. Son
said the investors are searching for a president, but he will act as
Broadcast.com was established in September 1995. It broadcasts contents
on behalf of broadcasting stations and record companies on the Internet
as well as live broadcasts sports games and concerts. It also provides
corporate information such as settlements of accounts. Currently, the
company distributes programs of approximately 400 radio stations and
40 TV/CATV stations, and contents of about 200 record companies through
its Web site.
The new Broadcast.com Japan will start a similar service from the fall
of 1999. For content, it is seeking cooperation from a content-provider
to SKY PerfecTV!. SKY PerfecTV! is run by Japan Digital Broadcasting
Services Inc., a digital communications satellite broadcasting operator
in which Softbank has a stake. The sales target is not yet known.
Yahoo Japan will try to integrate its search service and the contents
of the new company. Specifically, Yahoo's sports page will have a link
to live sports games streamed by the new company, and banner ads on
Yahoo's pages will be linked to animated contents prepared by the new
More information in English is at: http://ww
(BizTech News Dept.)
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