Hulu to Launch in Japan

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UPDATED: Content deal includes "CSI" franchise and marks the streaming firm's first overseas expansion.

TOKYO – Hulu will launch its first international operations with a subscription service in Japan, offering streaming of CBS shows, such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI Miami, CSINY, NICS and 90210, under a content deal with CBS Corp..

The ad-free service will allow unlimited access to movies and a library of shows, including Numb3rs, Star Trek and Twin Peaks, for 1,480 yen ($19) per month from web-connected TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, smartphones, tablets and PC’s

“With the launch in Japan, Hulu is focused on adding meaningfully to the entertainment choices available to Japanese consumers, while providing a valuable new channel for distribution, increased consumer reach and incremental monetization for our premium content partners,” said Johannes Larcher, SVP of international for Hulu. 

Hulu announced in August that its first overseas operation would be in Japan, and opened an office in Tokyo, though no further details were given at the time.

“We’re thrilled to have CBS’s world class content be part of Hulu’s first international market and their new venture in Japan,” said Armando Nuñez, president, CBS Studios International. 

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