LOS ANGELES -- Online streaming site Hulu.com plans to launch a subscription video service in Japan this year.
In a blog post this week, Hulu said the new service will provide access to popular television shows and movies on computers, televisions and mobile devices for one monthly price.
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The company offered no further details, but said it chose Japan for its first international expansion because Japanese audiences are "passionate about premium video content" and because Japan is a "major producer of world-class TV and feature films."
The company added that Japan is a particularly attractive market for delivering video over the Internet because of its extensive broadband penetration and the ubiquitous presence of Internet-connected mobile devices.
Hulu is owned by The Walt Disney Co., News Corp., Comcast Corp. and Providence Equity Partners.