WW-178 -- Targeting the PC-less with the AU BOX

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Targeting the PC-less with the AU BOX.

KDDI will introduce a set top box targeting its PC-less
subscriber base. The box is a media station with a built in
CD/DVD-player, an internet browser, and software to use the
KDDI LISMO music and video download services. It can be plugged
into a broadband router for internet access. Both the television
and mobile phone can be connected to the set top box. The service
starts on November 1 and will be branded as AU BOX.

Are there so many Japanese without a PC? According to research
from KDDI, only 43.5% of the Japanese have their own PC at home,
while 82% has an own television. Of high school students, 80%
does not have a PC. KDDI targets the 10-30 year old user segment
with the AU BOX which has a rental fee of only 315 yen (3 dollar)
per month. A penalty fee of 5,250 yen will be charged when the
service is canceled within 13 months.

The set top box is manufactured by Motorola. It has a 1GB flash
memory of which 200MB can be used to store contents - enough for
200 full length songs. Internet can be accessed through an Opera
browser. KDDI has limited the internet browsing functionality.
The AU BOX does not allow to install software. Only the
pre-installed LISMO music and video player can be used which
do not work for viewing popular video services like YouTube
and Niko-Niko.

LISMO allows KDDI subscribers to purchase and download music
and video content through their personal computer or handset
from the LISMO store. Since the start of LISMO in 2006, more
than 200 million full-length songs were downloaded. Less than
1% of the songs were directly downloaded onto the PC. KDDI hopes
to further grow LISMO usage with the AU BOX. Up to now, KDDI
provided 'LISMO Port' software for the PC to access the store,
playback the videos and music, and upload content to the phone.
With the introduction of the AU BOX, a PC is not required anymore.

The AU BOX fits in KDDI's strategy to link its mobile and
fixed-line services. We expect the coming month more
announcements. Together with Motorola, KDDI could offer a
service to allow the mobile phone to be used as a VOIP-phone
connecting through the broadband network at home. The set top
box becomes then a base station which links to the phone over
Bluetooth or Wifi technology. Stay tuned to read more about
KDDI's plans.

By Arjen Van Blokland

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Entrepreneur Association of Tokyo-Seminar
- Tuesday, October 7th

Speaker: Einosuke Sumitani, CEO of Kids City Japan K.K.

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