NHK (Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai – Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, funded by licence fee. NHK broadcasts its free-to-air NHK News and information programmes, along with a wide range of Japanese TV programmes, through its JSTV subscription channels on DSAT in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and North Africa. Managed by NHK CosmoMedia Europe, JSTV is the only legitimate Japanese language TV service in Europe and the satellite service is now supplemented by a subscription-based OTT channel, JSTV-i.
The NHK News and information programmes are free-to-air; however for viewing other JSTV content a subscription is required. NHK extended the reach of its channels by launching an OTT channel, JSTV-i, to broadcast content online (via set top box) and iPad. Following a distribution deal with Red Bee Media to stream its content over these platforms, the network required a partner to provide a secure online payment facility with multiplatform, multi-device and multi-currency capabilities. The payment partner was also required to integrate with Red Bee and support them through a beta trial as well as the launch of the service.
Following successful workshops, NHK selected the flexible MyPayWizard e-wallet from the Paywizard Payment and Subscription platform, to be its payment mechanism. MyPayWizard provides a secure, PCI DSS compliant system to enable NHK to take subscription payments from Japanese nationals across the globe in return for access to their OTT service, JSTV-i. Paywizard’s platform is mature, trusted and robust – and designed for media operations. This, along with our experience of integration with third party partners, made MyPayWizard the payment platform of choice.
PayWizard supplies NHK with its MyPayWizard e-wallet solution as the sole payment mechanism for its standard regular subscriptions. Deploying MyPayWizard has provided the network with the ability to process payments in international currencies, and ensures NHK collects its JSTV-i subscription payments from its viewers in a secure PCI DSS compliant environment.
Using MyPayWizard as its payment mechanism provides NHK with the ability to consolidate payments. Paywizard provides Red Bee with authentication messaging via our APIs, to control viewing entitlements. As well as managing the full payment process,
Paywizard provides access to customer data through the MyPayWizard Customer Insight dashboard, which gives NHK valuable real-time information on JSTV-i viewer activity through financial and customer reports.
Fast time to market and reduced risk – our media specialist experience means we can launch quickly and on time, putting in place the required infrastructure and trained resources.
Effective data – NHK can create effective marketing strategies based on real-time actionable data, leading to increased ARPU.
Flexibility – Paywizard can provide a primary or a secondary system, and are strong at integrating with third party platforms like Red Bee, backed by our published APIs and our integration support team.
High availability – Paywizard provides NHK with a flexible and scalable solution, capable of handling high volumes.
International reach – Paywizard has proven expertise in monetising content for broadcasters around the world, and is experienced in delivery across multiple platforms, devices and currencies.
“We were not just impressed by PayWizard’s technical capabilities, but also by the fact that they spent the time to conduct workshops with us to find the right solution for our needs. Paywizard’s proven expertise in monetizing content for broadcasters around the world, along with their experience of delivery across multiple platforms, devices and currencies, makes them the natural choice to support our growth into new markets.”