Hulu Japan Adds Six New Content Partners

12:10 AM PST 02/01/2012 by Gavin J. Blair
"Battle Royale" to be one of hundreds of new films available

Video streaming service to add hundreds of films to library.

TOKYO – Hulu Japan announced Wednesday that it has added six more domestic film companies to its roster of content providers, to provide both contemporary and classic movies for its video streaming service. 

The full list of new partners is: Asmik Ace, Kadokawa Pictures, Shochi, Toei, Nikkatsu and AMG Entertainment. 

The hundreds of new tiltes will include One Missed Call, Battle Royale and Yamato, as well as classic movies from the likes of Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.

Hulu Japan launched its unlimited viewing ad-free service for a 1,480 yen ($19) monthly subscription, at the end of last year and has been adding contents partners since. It has already signed deals in Japan with Disney, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Toho Towa (the subsidiary of domestic giant Toho that distributes imports). 

Earlier this month, Hulu’s U.S. operations announced a 40 percent rise in revenue to $420 million and growth in subscribers to its premium service to more 1.5 million. 

Hulu Japan is yet to release figures for subscriber numbers.

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