Warner ups Japan VOD offerings

Joins with Jupiter Telecom, acTVila

TOKYO -- Warner Entertainment Japan is beefing up its VOD services by linking up this month with Jupiter Telecom, the nation's largest multiple system operator cable provider, and acTVila, the biggest online video platform.

The J:COM VOD service will give Warner TV drama series such as "Southland" and "Eleventh Hour" their Japan debuts from July 15. Other titles that Warner distributes in Japan, and which haven't yet been released on DVD, including "Cold Case" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," are also to be made available.

J:COM is to release 50 episodes of Warner shows for VOD in July and 100 more per month from August.

The acTVila tie-up, launched Thursday, will offer 30 Warner movies per month for a subscription fee of 1,470 yen ($16.60).

The acTVila online video portal, which delivers a wide range of content to computers and internet-capable TVs, was created in 2007 as a joint venture between major electronics manufacturers, Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba and Mitsubishi.

A Warner on Demand Web site offering the company's content was launched in Japan at the end of last year.

"These new VOD offerings are part of our plans to increase branded Warner services," Claude Matsuo of Warner Entertainment Japan told The Hollywood Reporter.

According to Matsuo, there will be further announcements at a joint press conference with Warner Entertainment Japan and J:COM on July 7.