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Amazon Prime Follows Netflix Into Japan

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Netflix is all set to debut in Japan on September 2, with Amazon Prime Video landing at some point next month — the U.S. firm hasn’t been specific on the exact launch date at this point. […] In terms of pricing, Amazon’s service is available for free to existing Prime customers who pay ¥3,900 ($32) per year, that works out at around ¥325 ($2.70) per month, and get other perks related to Amazon shopping. Netflix, which is of course just a standalone video service, will be priced upwards of ¥650 ($5.40) per month before tax. A standard plan with two high-definition streams is ¥950 ($7.90), while a premium plan (four streams) comes in at ¥1,450 ($12). – Jon Russell, TechCrunch

Indian Music And Movie Streaming Firm Hungama Is Raising $100 Million

The promise of mobile in India is attracting venture capital at a rate never seen before. The latest deal of note involves Hungama.com, a media company that provides music, videos and movies on mobile, desktop and beyond, which is on the cusp of raising more than $100 million. […] The total audience for Hungama’s services hit 48 million users in February. Of that figure, a whopping 43 million consumed content on a mobile device, with 13.8 million paying for some form of content across its platform. Hungama’s services were used by 227 million consumers during its last financial year, with around one-third spending money in some way. – Jon Russell, TechCrunch
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Singtel, Sony And Warner’s New Video Streaming Service Beats Netflix To Asia

The companies said that HOOQ — which is described as a “joint venture startup” — will offer Hollywood movies and U.S. TV shows alongside domestic content from India, China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. In total, HOOQ will begin with an initial catalog of over 10,000 shows and movies. – Jon Russell, TechCrunch
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Hollywood’s Streaming Nemesis Popcorn Time Gets A VPN, But You’ll Have To Pay For It

Popcorntime.io, which added an optional VPN to its desktop service today.[…] Mega caveat though, users will have to pay for it. VPN.ht is priced at $4.99 per month, but Popcorntime.io users can get it for $1 for the first month after which they can cancel. Alternatively they can pay $3.99 per month on a yearly deal. – Jon Russell,TechCrunch
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Saavn Partners With Twitter To Bring Tweet-Powered Radio To Its Streaming Service

[Saavn] serves up “millions” of Indian music tracks and international hits, offering a Spotify-style choice of an ad-supported free version or a subscription-based, ad-free model. It launched its radio mode one year ago, and now it is taking requests from users who tweet to the @SaavnRadio account. […] Twitter has tried and failed with its own music service, and these days it is seemingly content to be a platform for dedicated music players like Saavn, SoundCloud and others. – Jon Russell,TechCrunch 
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