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December 1995Jointly established by 5 companies, including NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
and Sony Corporation (The former company name: GrR HomeNet Corporation.)
October 1996Launched ISP service "Plala"
October 1997Launched ISP service "Business Plala"
May 2000Changed the company name to "Plala Networks Inc."
March 2003Launched IP Phone service "Plala-Phone for Fret's"
July 2004Launched IPTV and video streaming service "4th MEDIA"
March 2008Changed the company name to "NTT Plala Inc."
Launched SmartTV sevice "Hikari-TV", integrating NTT group image distribution businesses
May 2008Launched IP retransmission of digital terrestrial broadcasting as first commercial service in Japan (via I-Cast, Inc.)
March 2010"Hikari-TV" won 1 million subscribers
September 2010Launched Shopping service "Hikari-TV Shopping"
October 2010Launched IP retransmission of BS digital broadcasting,i.e. the domestic satellite broadcasting,
as first commercial service in Japan (via I-Cast, Inc.)
August 2011Started multi-device support (smartphones / tablets)
March 2012"Hikari-TV" won 2 million subscribers
November 2012Launched E-book service "Hikari-TV Book"
March 2013Launched subscription Music service "Hikari-TV Music"
June 2013Launched cloud game service for television "Hikari-TV Game" as first commercial service in Japan
July 2013Launched IPTV Service "Hikari-TV for Business"
October 2014Launched 4K video streaming(VOD) service as first commercial service in Japan
February 2015"Hikari-TV" won 3 million subscribers