Over the last couple of years Japanese boxing has had two notable online video services offering different content on two different business models. One of those is the subscription based, video on demand service Boxingraise.com, a brilliant service which is regularly adding content and has been backed by Dangan, who put on shows on a frequent basis and have done some really great stuff.
The other distribution outlet was a Video on Demand PPV style service called A-Sign boxing, which showed potential as a PPV light for the Japanese boxing scene, selling domestic cards on a delay basis for alow price. It was a nice idea, and a very different model to the Boxingraise one, which had the potential to do great things for the domestic scene, and help the video distribution of fights from promoters like Hikari Yokohama, Ichiriki and Kyoei.
Sadly this week saw A-Sign Boxing send out an e-mail to announce that their service was coming to a close. At least in it's current form.
The e-mail explained that the service was coming to an end though the concept would continue through on Youtube before remerging next Spring in an altered format, which will include articles, videos and promotional content.
We're sad to see A-sign essentially shut it's doors, even if it is just for now, though really do wish those behind it all the best in restarting next year.
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