With the new “dubbing-10” law soon to be introduced in Japan (July 4th 2008) which allow up to 10 copies of TV programs to be legally made, we at stippy.com are thinking of introducing a service where we will take direct requests for the recording of Japanese TV programs (anything on free-to-air Japanese TV in the Tokyo region). We would make it possible to book your recordings in advance – kind of like your very own Tivo, but working for you in Tokyo.
We would charge a nominal fee, not for the content itself, but to act as your TV recording agent, and to cover bandwidth costs, and hosting fees. To keep legal, only the requester would be able to download the segment of TV that they ask us to record for them – it would be a semi-private service, but anyone would be able to request a recording. We think it should be perfectly OK to act as your agent, and charge for that service so that you can get your copy of that TV show, that you otherwise couldn’t get.
Let us know if you are interested, and we will contact you with the details. We see it being popular with everyone from Japanese wives who live overseas with their husbands, and miss their beloved wide shows and dramas, to self-proclaimed otakus who drool about getting that episode of some late night Japanese TV programming featuring the girl who is the voice behind their favourite anime idol.
We have a unique position with our solid infrastructure here in Japan, and the fact that we are not tied to any companies who might frown on such an endeavour at this early stage of the new “dubbing 10” law. So, let us know what you think in the comments below. Send this to anyone you think who longs for a dose of Japanese TV!
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