2.1 million digital TV subscribers for J:COM at end-Q1

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 
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Total revenue at Jupiter Telecommunications (JASDAQ: 4817) increased by ¥9,316 million, or 13% from ¥71,492 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008 to ¥80,808 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

During 2009, J:COM plans to complement its selection of seven HD broadcast channels by launching an additional ten channels that will cover a wide genre of films and dramas. By the end of the year, HD broadcasts will account for approximately 40% of the J:COM TV Digital lineup. After commencing broadcasts of the NHK on Demand service in December 2008, J:COM took steps during the first quarter of 2009 to broaden the appeal of its VOD services. In order to attract an increasing number of subscribers, the Company fortified sales of its Catch Up program, which allows unlimited access to shows that subscribers were unable to watch at its regular broadcast time, by offering the first month free of charge. In February 2009, the Company launched Fuji TV on Demand, which covers a host of popular programs broadcast by Fuji TV. To date, VOD access to primetime and other terrestrial broadcasts have been rare. Through the “J:COM on Demand” service, subscribers will gain increased access to popular programming content. Based on these initiatives, the growing awareness of VOD services is expected to drive future market growth and expansion.

Offering added convenience and significant cost performance, the number of HDR contracts has also seen steady growth. As of March 31, 2009, the aggregate number of subscribing amounted to 424,500.

The total number of subscribing households (the number of households that subscribe to one or more services) of consolidated managed system operators as of March 31, 2009 rose to 3,181,200 households, an increase of 466,500 households (17%) from March 31, 2008. By type of service, cable television subscribers grew by 330,400 households (15%) from March 31, 2008 to 2,554,700 households as of March 31, 2009. Of this total, the number of J:COM TV Digital subscribers rose by 521,800 households (33%) to 2,085,300 households as of March 31, 2009, accounting for 82% of all cable television subscribers.

Consolidated Quarterly Operational Data:

                                                     At March 31       As of       As of       As of
                              ----------------------------------     June 30     Sep. 30     Dec. 31
                                    2008        2009      Change        2008        2008        2008
                              ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Home passed                    9,874,200  12,380,000   2,505,800   9,940,100  10,845,400  12,241,500
  CATV RGUs                    2,224,300   2,554,700     330,400   2,245,500   2,346,800   2,557,000
    of which digital service   1,563,500   2,085,300     521,800   1,640,300   1,767,600   1,997,000

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