World Cup marked big win for sports streaming in Japan

TOKYO — The World Cup soccer tournament gave online sports streaming a boost in Japan after a slow start, drawing record numbers of viewers while TV networks stepped back.

Japanese streaming platform Abema logged an all-time high of 17 million daily viewers on Dec. 2, the day of the Japan-Spain match. It saw a total of more than 41 million across the three days of group stage games involving the Samurai Blue. The round-of-16 match against Croatia drew so much traffic that Abema had to restrict access.

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