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Joint Internet Video Business between CyberAgent and TV Asahi Preview Launch of Internet TV Station AbemaTV; Official Launch Planned for April

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CyberAgent, Inc. (Tokyo; Susumu Fujita, president; TSE Code 4751) and TV Asahi Holdings Corporation (Tokyo; Hiroshi Hayakawa, Chairman & CEO) established AbemaTV, Inc. through a joint investment in April 2015. “AbemaTV”, a new type of Internet TV Station, has announced that it will conduct a limited pre-launch of 12 channels beginning March 1. “AbemaTV” is scheduled to officially launch on April 11, 2016.

“AbemaTV” is a joint venture between CyberAgent and TV Asahi, creating an Internet TV station based on a new type of video broadcasting business model. Internet video services have become an everyday part of the consumer experience with the adoption of smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as the advancement of communications infrastructure and the abundant availability of content. “AbemaTV” will feature a wide variety of content delivered via high-quality streaming, offered through a highly intuitive user interface. Another major feature of “AbemaTV” is that all content will be provided free of charge. After the official launch on April 11, “AbemaTV” will offer original live programming, news, music, sports, and a variety of other programming across a range of genres. In all, approximately 20 different channels will available to consumers free of charge. Content will be available for smartphones, PCs, tablets, and other devices, delivering a convenient TV-like viewing experience at any time, in any place. (*1)

“AbemaTV” will use this pre-launch to make quality and functional improvements ahead of the official April launch. Only 12 channels will be available during pre-launch, featuring live original programming, music, sports, and other content. CyberAgent plans to link “AbemaTV” with “AmebaFRESH!”, a video broadcast platform launched on January 21, 2016 by CyberAgent. Plans are also underway to incorporate content linked to TV Asahi terrestrial broadcasts and originally produced content. CyberAgent will be making more detailed announcements in the future.

■AbemaTV Channels Available in Limited Pre-Launch

・AbemaNews Channel     
Original news (regular news program broadcasts scheduled to begin with official launch on April 11)
・AbemaSPECIAL
Channel Original live or specialty
・Documentary Channel  
Popular documentaries and video content from around the world
・WORLD SPORTS Channel  
Comprehensive sports programming; live and delayed content from Japan and around the world covering both popular and niche sports
・EDGE SPORT Channel  
BMX, motocross, and other extreme sports from around the world
・Anime 24 Channel  
Popular anime and other programming
・MUSIC Channel
Music videos and other programming
・CLUB Channel
Music festivals, events, music videos and other content from around the world
・Pet Channel
Popular pet celebrities, live original programming, and more
・Mahjong Channel  
24-hour mahjong content, including original tournaments and more
・Fishing Channel
Variety of fishing-related video content
・AbemaRADIO Channel
Popular talk radio video content from AmebaFRESH! 

■Features

(As of March 1 Pre-Launch)
・Program guide
・Flick through
・Full-screen view
・Program notifications
・Twitter sharing

(Additional Features Planned) *Added as they become available
・Tablets compatibility (Android tablets, iPad1.0)
・ChromeCast, Airplay compatibility
・AndroidTV, AppleTV compatibility
・Time-shifted viewing, recording (Paid-for subscription required for these features)

(*1) 24-hour broadcasts and full service features scheduled to be available at official launch on April 11.
A limited number of features and services will be available at pre-launch on March 1.

■Service Screen Shots (for illustration purposes) Smartphone

■Service Screen Shots (for illustration purposes) PC

Please put the credit “©AbemaTV” when you use these images.
Please put the credit “©AbemaTV” when you use these images.

■”AbemaTV” Overview

Name: AbemaTV
Broadcast: PC (browser) / Google Play/ App Store
Recommended Environment: 
    [PC]
      (OS) Mac: X 10.9, 10.10; Windows: 7, 8, 9, 10
      (Browser) Chrome, Safari, latest Version of Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 or later
    [Smartphone]
      Android    Android 4.3 or later Guaranteed Operating Environment: Android 4.1 or later
      iOS   iOS8.0 or later
Pricing: Free

■”AbemaTV” Overview

Name: AbemaTV, Inc.
Established: April 2015
Established: 300 million yen
Executives: CEO                  Hiroshi Hayakawa (TV Asahi Holdings Corporation, chairman and CEO)
President           Susumu Fujita (CyberAgent, Inc., president)
Vice President   Hiroki Urabe (CyberAgent, Inc., director)
Director            Jun Yokota (CyberAgent, Inc., operating officer)
Equity Ratio: 60% CyberAgent, 40% TV Asahi
Business Lines: Video broadcasting business