Rakuten ShowTime and VisualOn Expand Mobile Media to Android in Japan

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & CHIBA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- VisualOn, Inc., a multimedia software company that enables high-quality video and audio across connected devices, and Rakuten ShowTime, the largest video content portal site in Japan, today announced an integration of VisualOn's OnStream MediaPlayer+, a solution enabling high-quality playback across devices, with Rakuten ShowTime's Android application. This integration allows Rakuten ShowTime's subscribers media content access on Android devices. VisualOn will be demonstrating the player at CEATEC Japan in Makuhari Messe on Oct. 2-6, 2012.

According to comScore, the numbers of Japanese smartphone users have grown dramatically over the past year, and two-thirds of the users have Android devices. However, the multitude of different types of Android phones presents a unique challenge to deliver media across all devices. VisualOn's technology enables Rakuten ShowTime to offer high-quality audio and visual playback regardless of varying formats, streaming protocols or hardware capabilities. With more than 100,000 files available for consumption, Rakuten ShowTime is now capable of using pre-existing file formats and meeting the device and performance requirements necessary to stream content. The app supports operating system versions 2.1 – 4.0 and WMV by MS-HTTP with PlayReady DRM.

"The international market continues to face growing device fragmentation – that's where we come in," said Yang Cai, CEO of VisualOn. "We're experts in efficiently scaling media delivery across devices, enabling our customers like Rakuten ShowTime to provide a rich and seamless viewing experience to its users."

Executives at Rakuten ShowTime selected VisualOn based on the success it demonstrated in bringing WMV codec to a wide assortment of devices. In addition, they found the performance of OnStream MediaPlayer+ to be excellent compared to alternative solutions and were pleased to bring their content to a variety of users once barred because of device fragmentation.

Rakuten ShowTime is currently available in the Google Play app store. To download the app, please visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.showtime.android.Abbacchio

To learn more about OnStream MediaPlayer+ or view a demonstration, please visit VisualOn booth no. 2B41 at CEATEC.

About Rakuten ShowTime

Rakuten ShowTime is the #1 Internet TVOD service in Japan. Founded in 2002, serving over 100,000 variety programs from movie, drama, animation to sports in which user can enjoy easily, conveniently and securely on PC, smartphones or other devices.

About VisualOn, Inc.

VisualOn, Inc. is a Silicon Valley based multimedia software company that enables rich entertainment experiences across smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected TVs and other mobile and convergent devices. VisualOn's unique patent-pending technology is designed to be platform agnostic for ease of integration, with optimized quality, performance, and minimal power consumption. Integration of digital rights management (DRM) is secure and efficient. VisualOn supports streaming, VOD, mobile TV and other multimedia applications with quality levels rivaling hardware based solutions. For more information, please visit www.visualon.com.

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Source: VisualOn, Inc.