SKY Perfect Communications Inc. and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that the two companies have agreed to jointly field test mobile video-clip streaming services and program-related information services by integrating the 3G FOMA and SKY PerfecTV! networks. The test is scheduled from June 15, 2004 to November 30, 2004 in Japan, and the two companies will begin accepting monitors for the trial from today.
The companies target commercializing the new service within fiscal 2005, which ends March 31, 2006, after evaluating market needs, business models for commercial service, and technical / usage results from the trial.
During the trial, monitors residing in the Kanto Koshinetsu region with DoCoMo FOMA handsets will be able to watch SKY PerfecTV! live and archived program video-clips streamed via the M-stage V-Live(tm) service, as well as view information about programs aired on SKY PerfecTV! using i-appli(tm).
People who wish to serve as monitors must own a DoCoMo FOMA 900i series handset with subscription to the i-mode and M-stage V-Live services, as well as a subscription to SKY PerfecTV!. 3,000 users will be selected to monitor the program-related service including the 300 users chosen to also monitor the video-clip streaming service.
Those acting as monitors will be asked to provide feedback during the trial. While they will be billed for communication charges, the basic fees for both services will be waived.
Online applications will be accepted for one month beginning May 11 at http://do-sptv.jp/ (Japanese only; access from mobile phones possible).
The program-related information services will be formulated based on customer needs as identified by Data Network Center Corporation, which operates SKY Perfect's customer support center.
Please see the attachment for the list of companies who are scheduled to deliver content for the services as of May 11, 2004.
List of Companies Scheduled to Deliver Content for the Services
(as of May 11, 2004)
* ATOSS INTERNATIONAL Ltd.
* IMAGICA Corp.
* IMAGICA MUSIC SATELLITE, INC.
* Kids Station Inc.
* GAGA CROSSMEDIA MARKETING, inc.
* Samurai TV. Inc.
* J SPORTS Broadcasting Corporation
* Japan Image Communications Co., ltd.
* Japan Entertainment Network K.K.
* SPORTS-i NETWORK INC.
* DAIICHIKOSHO CO., LTD.
* FISHING VISION Co., Ltd.
* TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION
* B-BAT Inc.
* Bloomberg L.P.
* Pay Per View Japan, Inc.
* RECRUIT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS CO., LTD.