SKY Perfect and NTT DoCoMo to Test Mobile Video-Clip Streaming and Program-Related Information Services

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TOKYO, JAPAN, May 11, 2004 --- SKY Perfect Communications Inc. and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that the two companies have agreed to jointly field test mobile video-clip streaming services and program-related information services by integrating the 3G FOMA® and SKY PerfecTV!® networks. The test is scheduled from June 15, 2004 to November 30, 2004 in Japan, and the two companies will begin accepting monitors for the trial from today.

The companies target commercializing the new service within fiscal 2005, which ends March 31, 2006, after evaluating market needs, business models for commercial service, and technical / usage results from the trial.

During the trial, monitors residing in the Kanto Koshinetsu region with DoCoMo FOMA handsets will be able to watch SKY PerfecTV! live and archived program video-clips streamed via the M-stage V-Live™ service, as well as view information about programs aired on SKY PerfecTV! using i-appli™.

People who wish to serve as monitors must own a DoCoMo FOMA 900i series handset with subscription to the i-mode® and M-stage V-Live services, as well as a subscription to SKY PerfecTV!. 3,000 users will be selected to monitor the program-related service including the 300 users chosen to also monitor the video-clip streaming service.

Those acting as monitors will be asked to provide feedback during the trial. While they will be billed for communication charges, the basic fees for both services will be waived.
Online applications will be accepted for one month beginning May 11 at http://do-sptv.jp/ (Japanese only; access from mobile phones possible).

The program-related information services will be formulated based on customer needs as identified by Data Network Center Corporation, which operates SKY Perfect's customer support center.

Please see the attachment for the list of companies who are scheduled to deliver content for the services as of May 11, 2004.


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List of Companies Scheduled to Deliver Content for the Services
(as of May 11, 2004)
  • ATOSS INTERNATIONAL Ltd.
  • IMAGICA Corp.
  • IMAGICA MUSIC SATELLITE, INC.
  • Kids Station Inc.
  • GAGA CROSSMEDIA MARKETING, inc.
  • Samurai TV. Inc.
  • J SPORTS Broadcasting Corporation
  • Japan Image Communications Co., ltd.
  • Japan Entertainment Network K.K.
  • SPORTS-i NETWORK INC.
  • DAIICHIKOSHO CO., LTD.
  • FISHING VISION Co., Ltd.
  • TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION
  • B-BAT Inc.
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • Pay Per View Japan, Inc.
  • RECRUIT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS CO., LTD.


About SKY Perfect
SKY Perfect Communications Inc.("SKY Perfect") is the largest Pay-TV platform provider in Japan offering 266 TV channels and 124 digital radio channels via three communication satellites. As of the end of March 2004, total subscribers exceeded 3.64 million. Recently SKY Perfect has expanded own content such as UEFA Champions League and Major League Baseball. Also, it is promoting "Multi-Platform Strategy" including content distribution via optical fiber through its subsidiary "OptiCast."
SKY Perfect changed its listing from Mothers to the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Code No. 4795) in March 2004.

SKY PerfecTV! is a registered trademark of SKY Perfect Communications Inc.

SKY PerfecTV!


About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 48 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include i-mode®, the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 41 million subscribers, and FOMA®, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english

i-mode, FOMA, i-appli, and M-stage V-live are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan.

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