YouTube's Channels initiative comes to Asia as 13 content partners sign up in Japan
News On Japan via thenextweb.com -- Nov 27
YouTube's Original Channels program has jumped into Asia after channels from 13 producers began to go live in Japan today, according to a post on the YouTube Japan blog.
The company has tied up deals with the content partners, each of which will regularly publish videos for their channel, which can be viewed online and through a range of devices (important in Japan). Like those in the US and Europe - where Channels were introduced October - Japanese partners will receive a funding advance on advertising revenues to help invest in content creation, but YouTube isn't revealing just how much that is.
Five of the channels are already online, but others will be "rolling out over the next few months into 2013″, according to a spokesperson.
The Japanese launch partners include TV station Fuji TV - which has a collection of 5 channels - TBS - which has a channel based on its popular late-night show Joshiana no Batsu - and Vicom. Other partners will include Crypton Future Media - the company behind the virtual idol and vocaloid software Hatsune Miku - which is launching a channel soon.
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