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A complete understanding of U-NEXT, which has the No. 1 lineup!

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U-NEXT and over 200,000 video content are unlimited viewing, and magazines and manga are unlimited reading, making it a video distribution service that develops unique content. Also, if you download the work in a Wi-Fi environment , you can enjoy movies, dramas, manga and magazines comfortably wherever you like without worrying about the amount of communication.
U-NEXT and over 200,000 video content are unlimited viewing, and magazines and manga are unlimited reading, making it a video distribution service that develops unique content. Also, if you download the work in a Wi-Fi environment , you can enjoy movies, dramas, manga and magazines comfortably wherever you like without worrying about the amount of communication.

U-NEXT and over 200,000 video content are unlimited viewing, and magazines and manga are unlimited reading, making it a video distribution service that develops unique content. Also, if you download the work in a Wi-Fi environment , you can enjoy movies, dramas, manga and magazines comfortably wherever you like without worrying about the amount of communication.

What is U-NEXT?

U-NEXT and over 200,000 video content are unlimited viewing, and magazines and manga are unlimited reading, making it a video distribution service that develops unique content. Also, if you download the work in a Wi-Fi environment , you can enjoy movies, dramas, manga and magazines comfortably wherever you like without worrying about the amount of communication.

Along with Prime Video, Hulu, dTV, etc., there are several popular video distribution services, and the number of unlimited viewing lineups is by far the No. 1 service. U-NEXT’s popularity is soaring, and compared to 2016, the user increase rate is about 3 times, and it has won the 3rd place in domestic market share . Also, since the distribution started in 2007 , it is also a historical video distribution service that has been provided for over 13 years .

How much is the usage fee?

It is an all-in-one service plan that includes unlimited viewing of works, use of unlimited magazine reading service, and 1,200 points , and the service usage fee is 1990 yen per month (excluding tax) . Looking at the usage fee alone, I feel that it is a little higher than other video distribution services. However, this is a plausible mechanism.

Please see below for monthly fees.

Concept of monthly fee (1990 yen per month)
Unlimited video viewing…¥990
Unlimited reading of magazines…¥550
Points granted…¥550 (*1200 points)

  • 1,200 yen worth of points are given every month, and you can rent the latest works you like, purchase manga, books, light novels, and purchase movie tickets. Knowing the rich selection of content, it feels a little expensive, but isn’t it a convincing content?

There are 200,000 videos , 180,000 of which are unlimited viewing, 20,000 of which are rentals, more than 80 types of magazines, and more than 570,000 comics and books by category. Anyway, it’s fascinating how many there are. There are restrictions on renting some dramas, movies, comics, and books, but over 80 types of magazines are all-you-can-read.

A new plan [ Unlimited viewing service 1490 ] that offers a discounted monthly fee if you use U-NEXT for a long time of one year or more has also appeared. It is a service that allows you to watch unlimited works and use the unlimited magazine reading service for a monthly fee of 1490 yen (excluding tax), and is a service plan specially prepared for long-term customers. Please note that this plan does not give monthly points, and you will be charged separately for paid works other than unlimited viewing. Also, if you cancel within one year , you will be charged a cancellation fee (¥5000) , so please be careful when choosing a plan.

~ Unlimited viewing service 1490 ~ (1440 yen per month)
Long-term user plan with low monthly fee
Separate charges apply for paid works other than unlimited viewing
If you cancel within 1 year, a cancellation fee (¥5000) will be charged.
How do I pay?

There are a variety of different payment methods available In particular, isn’t it very convenient to be able to make carrier billing? Compared to other video distribution services, many payment methods are set, so it is kind to users. Supported payment methods are listed below.

Credit CardVisa / Master Card / JCB / American Express / Diners Club Card
Carrier payment
docomo payment, au simple payment, Softbank collective payment, Ymobile collective payment
・If you use Amazon Fire TV / Fire TV Stick, you can pay at Amazon.co.jp
・When using the app on an iOS device, you can pay with your Apple ID
Gift card/U-NEXT card
This is a prepaid type payment method that can be purchased at convenience stores.
Even without a credit card, you can use the service with only the gift code (U-NEXT card).
Start with a free trial campaign!

U-NEXT is running a free trial campaign . We recommend that you try it for free first. The trial campaign is a campaign that allows you to try the monthly plan free of charge for 31 days from the date of application . Currently, we are giving away 600 points, which can be used for new works, comics, and books. In addition, the free trial for new member registration is limited to one time per person and cannot be used multiple times. In addition, all-you-can-read books are limited to magazines. Of course, if you cancel during the free period, you will not be charged any monthly plan usage fee.

What is the family account function?

U-NEXT has a service called family account function . A family account, as the name suggests, means that you can use it together with someone other than yourself. For example, you can add 3 accounts other than yourself, and you can use up to 4 accounts in total. If you use it with a family of 4, you can use it for 500 yen . Even if someone is watching a drama on TV, it is possible for you to watch a drama on your smartphone. Of course, privacy between accounts can be maintained, but U-NEXT can be viewed with 4 accounts at the same time (* It is impossible to watch the same title at the same time ).

How to use the U-NEXT points that you receive every month?

U-NEXT has something called ” U-NEXT points ” that are used when viewing paid content . U-NEXT point is 1 point = 1 yen. With the regular plan, 1200 U-NEXT points (worth 1200 yen) are given every month. It costs 324 yen to 540 yen to watch a movie , and 162 yen to 324 yen for a drama , so you can watch at least 3 to 4 movies every month.

Also, since January 2019, the ” point back program ” has been started, so if you purchase more than 1200 points every month, up to 40% of the amount will be returned as points in the next month.

For example, if you buy 1,000 yen worth of manga or rent the latest movie, you can get up to 400 yen worth of points back . Therefore, there are many works that you are interested in, and you can enjoy them at a great price with the points you have earned.

The following payment methods are eligible for this return program:

return rate
Credit card payment: 40%
Amazon payment: 40%
docomo payment: 20%
Softbank collective payment: 20%
Ymobile collective payment: 20%
au Simple Payment: 20%
U coin payment: 20%
summary
How did you feel about U-NEXT? You can watch not only Japanese movies and dramas, but also overseas dramas and movies, and you can watch magazines, manga, books, and many other genres, and the large number of works is very attractive. The monthly fee is higher than other video distribution services, but if you consider that you can watch several videos with 1200 points every month , even a slightly higher fee seems to be acceptable! U-NEXT has a free trial period (31 days) , and when it starts, it comes with 600 points (600 yen) . It may be a good idea to make good use of this free trial period and consider whether the product, plan, or service is suitable for you through actual experience.
Especially if you use it with your family , it is one of the services that will make your everyday life better with reasonable service and price . This time it was an introduction article about U-NEXT. Thank you for reading to the end.

Summary of U-NEXT

Unlimited viewing lineup No. 1 and video distribution service with No. 3 domestic market share
The usage fee looks high, but it is covered by a wealth of content and services
Can be used by a family of four (actually ¥500)
The point is how to make use of the points and cashback points granted every month
First of all, we recommend the experience from the one-month free trial campaign!

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