Pigoo On Demand

4 Nov

A few days ago I subscribed to Pigoo On Demand in order to watch iDOL Street Chouzetsu Michikusa, which is a series of concerts held every other Friday at Akiba Cultures Theater, involving SUPER☆GiRLS, Cheeky Parade, GEM, and Street-sei. The show combines a 30 minute variety segment with a 35-40 minute concert, with the main acts rotating (two weeks ago featured SUPER☆GiRLS, this week was GEM, and in two weeks it will be Cheeky Parade). For those who have no idea what Pigoo on Demand is, it’s the online version of Pigoo HD, which is a cable channel dedicated to idols. Examples of their programming are the weekly concerts at Akiba Cultures Theater, monthly/seasonal events like @JAM and Idol Yokochou, and variety shows like  SUPER☆GiRLS Chouzetsu Adventure, DLH‘s Dorothy no Little HAPPY DAYS, and *drumroll* Doll☆Elements Merumaga Kaiin 10,000 Hito Dekiru kana? (a reference to their challenge to get 10,000 subscribers for their e-magazine).
pigoo 4Signing up for Pigoo on Demand begins with a free 2-week trial. A credit card is necessary to register (they accept foreign issued cards) and after the trial concludes the card on file is billed 1296¥, which is the monthly subscription fee. Once you register you’re allowed to watch any Pigoo programming that is within 30 days of the original broadcast.
pigoo fpVideos currently available include a 90 minute Sutorigu 2 Special, Double Color Session 3 (GEM, Party Rockets, and Yufu Mari), predia Monday Night, and the previously mentioned iDOL Street concert. Clicking on the different thumbnails brings up a page providing broadcast details, including the period the show will be available to stream. Once the 30-day window expires, it’s still possible to watch the show, but it requires a separate video on demand fee.
pigoo 6The service would probably appeal mostly to iDOL Street fans because of SUPER☆GiRLS Chouzetsu Adventure, GEM concerts, and random Street-sei programming. It’s also useful for me because it makes viewing predia’s Monday Night concert a lot more convenient. Because of the time zone difference, I previously had to stay up until 4AM on Monday morning in order to catch the niconico stream.
pigoo sg 0There’s also Doll☆Elements content, but it’s very limited. Considering how rare their concert footage is, even Doll☆Elements crumbs are awesome though. A show they did back in September 2013 is available for 540¥. Totally buying that with my lunch money! (And recording it!) It’s a 60 minute concert, but the time slot was split between three groups, so it’s probably 20 minutes of Doll☆Elements crumb goodness.
pigoo de 3The lineup was very different back then, since it was before Yukino and Haruka joined. Doesn’t matter though, it’s Doll☆Elements crumbs!
pigoo de 4The GirlsNews broadcast also included footage of Doll☆Elements Halloween concert. Cool, more crumbs!

I should probably mention that there’s also a lot of pervy content, including straight-up adult videos listed directly below the idol shows. Really Japan?? That programming requires a separate membership, but it’s hilarious that it’s visible right below mainstream idol shows.

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9 Responses to “Pigoo On Demand”

  1. wattstax17 2014/11/09 at 12:04 am #

    Had registered now as this seems to be a good way to extent my horizon on idol shows and new groups. Thanks for your post, as I wouldn’t have known otherwise!

    • Shaun 2014/11/09 at 12:19 am #

      Lol, I’m currently reading you’re Chu-Z recap while watching predia’s concert (earlier I watched Lovely Doll’s Halloween show to re-evaluate them). I watched most of the content I was interested in and will probably cancel at the end of the trial. I still need to purchase Doll Elements show though.

      • wattstax17 2014/11/09 at 12:24 am #

        Hypocrite ;P
        I found no Party Rockets, which was a let down. But I like watching Akiba shows. So let’s see how long I hold out.
        Can you download the videos too?

  2. Shaun 2014/11/09 at 12:30 am #

    Party Rockets performed in the Double Color Session 3. Last I checked it’s still
    on the front page. Have you checked the front page?? But that concert was actually already leaked. I can send you a link if you would like to download it.

    • wattstax17 2014/11/09 at 12:37 am #

      Thanks, but I rather wait for one of their Rockin’ Monday shows. It is longer and better.

    • wattstax17 2014/11/09 at 8:34 am #

      Where can I find the older videos? That are over the 30 days period?

  3. Shaun 2014/11/09 at 5:17 pm #

    Once you’ve logged in, click on the Pigoo tab near the top of the page. Once you are in the Pigoo section, the tabs show “Ranking,” “News,” … all the way to “Akiba Cultures Theatre.” Clicking on any of these tabs will bring up all the archived video. Or you can save time and do a search for content from the groups you are interested in.

  4. wattstax17 2014/11/12 at 2:22 am #

    Will cancel my account, too. The performance of the stream is just too unreliable. A pity.

    • Shaun 2014/11/12 at 3:58 pm #

      The cancellation link is somewhat hidden. After logging in, click on the My Account link. There is an “unsubscribed” tab, but ignore that and click on the button that says “details” (it’s the button located on the grid). The next page will ask for the reason you’re canceling and the final page confirms cancellation after you click on the right option (the wording is a little confusing, something like “No, I don’t want to continue.”)

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