During the COVID-19 pandemic, many performances such as concerts and plays, have been forced to be canceled or postponed, and people have become more accustomed to watching live performances online through pay-per-view services. And now, even with the resurgence of audiences, the style of enjoying various artists’ concerts, plays, and sports events from wherever you like via pay-per-view has become widely established.
ABEMA has developed a new online live platform, ABEMA Live, intending to allow users to purchase (*1) and watch (*2) various pay-per-view content from overseas, such as concerts, plays, sports events, and fashion shows, etc., featuring famous artists from Japan and Asia, in cooperation with OEN (*3), a subsidiary of CyberAgent, which specializes in supporting the digital transformation to monetize the entertainment industry.
As of Wednesday, January 24, 2024, ABEMA will start the service in three countries: Thailand, the Philippines, and South Korea, and plans to gradually expand the area it provides services to.
In addition, with ABEMA Live, ABEMA will pursue high usability, incorporate a universal design that allows users to complete the purchase of viewing tickets in three steps, support the languages of the countries where the service is deployed (*4), and build a customer support system, aiming to be a media channel that allows everyone to easily enjoy Asian entertainment.
For more details about ABEMA Live, please access https://www.abema-global.com
In addition, Shinya Aoki, a former ONE lightweight MMA world champion, will also participate in the event, competing against Sage Northcutt in a lightweight MMA match. Danny Kingad vs. Yuya Wakamatsu in a flyweight MMA, Itsuki Hirata vs. Ayaka Miura in an atomweight MMA, Bokang Masunyane vs. Keito Yamakita in a strawweight MMA, Hiroba Minowa vs Gustavo Balart in a strawweight MMA, and Garry Tonon vs Martin Nguyen in a featherweight MMA are also high-profile bouts that will be held over five three-minute rounds.
The following matches, Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Nieky Holzken in catchweight special rules, Marat Grigorian vs. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in catchweight kickboxing, Rade Opacic vs. Iraj Azizpour in heavyweight kickboxing, which will take place over three three-minute rounds, are also newly confirmed. Stay tuned for the fierce battles that will unfold at ONE championship's long-awaited return to Tokyo. ABEMA plans to sell tickets for this event on ABEMA Live starting on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.
Buy ticket of ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru
(*1) Payments by credit card, PayPal, and PromptPay (QR code payment system for Thailand) are accepted. Payment methods will gradually be added in line with the future expansion of service areas. In addition, a separate fee will be charged for purchases made through the app.
(*2) Viewing tickets cannot be purchased in other countries, including Japan.
(*3) OEN inc. is a subsidiary of CyberAgent. In addition to providing high-quality live streaming and video distribution with monthly channel billing, it promotes digital transformation in the entertainment industry, such as through online salons and e-commerce, and supports creating new profit opportunities.
(*4) At the start of the service, ABEMA Live will support English, Thai, and Korean. More languages will be added in line with the future expansion of service areas.
Comments by Takunori Fujii, President and CEO of OEN inc.
"ABEMA Live" Overview
|Browsers / Google Play / App Store / AirPlay
|Adapted OS and devices
Windows (Windows 10 and later), Mac (Mac OS 11 Big Sur and later), the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari, and Google Chrome.
・Browsers（Mobile / Tablet）
Android: the latest version of Google Chrome
iPhone (iOS 16.0 and later) : the latest version of Safari
・Android smartphones/tablets with Android 8 and later
・iPhone / iPad (iOS 16.6 and later)