Amazon to launch its video streaming service in Japan in September
On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it will launch its video streaming service in Japan next month. The US-based e-commerce giant said that it will be a subscription-based video streaming service with free access for Amazon Prime members.
Amazon is present in Japan since 2007. It charges 3,900 yen for annual Prime membership in the country in comparison to $99, which it takes as the US membership fee. The plan to introduce video streaming in Japan was made as a stiff competition is on between companies. Netflix has already announced that it will launch in Japan on September 2.
Amazon will be bringing Prime Video in Japan. It will include its worldwide shows like Mozart in the Jungle and will also have Japan-specific content. Experts said that with passage of Prime, a big name in e-commerce in the United States, is establishing a foothold in international markets as well like Canada and other parts of Europe.
In the case of Netflix, it will be partnering with a local telecommunications provider, SoftBank, in order to provide its video streaming services as a fully integrated service. Netflix plans in Japan include a basic plan that will cost 650 yen pre-tax per month and up to 1,450 yen for a Premium Plan that will offer four streams and 4K viewing.
On the other hand, Amazon Prime members will be able to do streaming as a part of their monthly membership fee of 325 yen.