TSUTAYA and NTT EAST – TSUTAYA Stick – Watch 40,000 TSUTAYA movies at home anytime – just make sure you have Flets Hikari service
Online and digital programming in Japan is years behind elsewhere in the world. Even today, the majority of Japanese people who want to watch a movie, get in their cars or walk to their local video rental store – usually TSUTAYA. The TSUTAYA name is synonymous with DVD rental movies and domestic and overseas television dramas.
They have had success with the TSUTAYA DISCUS which is a mail order DVD service and more lately, a smart TV service called TSUTAYA TV.
Now, TSUTAYA takes another step into the digital age with a partnership announced with NTT EAST to release the “TSUTAYA Stick” that allows you to watch the 40,000 titles of their movies, dramas, anime, etc. that TSUTAYA TV distributes at home by using Wi-FI and connecting the stick to your TV.
But not so fast… “TSUTAYA Stick” can only be used by those who already have a contract with NTT EAST for their internet service “Flets Hikari”. If you don’t already have “Flets Hikari”, you can buy a set pack of the “TSUTAYA Stick” and “Flets Hikari”.
“TSUTAYA Stick” costs “only” 6,000 yen (including tax). No registration or monthly fee is required. Movies cost up to 400 yen to rent and 2,500 yen to buy. Fees and requirements for “Flets Hikari” are separate.
Connects with an HDMI connection, with up to 10Mbps throughput.