Competition is heating up among Japan’s big time Internet TV operators, the Yomiuri writes:
More than 10 million people have signed up for Usen Corp.’s Gyao Net TV service since it started broadcasting in April 2005. Yet despite the numbers putting the free service ahead of competitors such as Yahoo, the nation’s largest cable broadcaster’s service is still deep in the red.
Go read it if you care to.
The article goes on to note that this and other services continue to post losses while they compete for viewers. I would like to heartily to suggest that all three services do the following:
OPEN ACCESS TO FOREIGN VIEWERS!!!!!!
(Note: All of the top 3 Internet TV sites in Japan use DRM to keep foreign viewers out)
This way, you could sell ads to a much wider spectrum of merchants (j-list? foreign companies catering to Japanese living abroad?) and quickly boost viewership! Get on it people!