0
Broadband

Rakuten TV expands to over 30 new countries

Thursday 14 March 2019 | 09:26 CET | News

Rakuten TV has expanded its VoD service to over 30 new territories, mainly in Europe. The VOD player is available online and will also feature a dedicated button on remote controls for smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense from this summer. 

Rakuten TV launched initially as Wuaki.tv in Spain before rebranding last year to the name of its Japanese parent company. The service was also available in France, Germany, Italy and the UK, and is now available in many more countries, including the Nordic countries and central and Eastern Europe. The company said more countries will be added in 2020. 

Rakuten CEO Jacinto Roca told Variety that the company will set up new offices, likely in Sweden and Poland, to service the new countries, which all went live 13 March after more than a year of planning and preparation. Roca said the launches are a key step on the path to becoming a "true global alternative" to the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Unlike those platforms, it is focused on transaction, rather than subscription-based video-on-demand.

In addition to a wider geographic presence, Rakuten plans to expand its 4K and 8K content, as part of the partnership with TV manufacturers. Roca said the 8K content should launch in the second half of this year. 



Free Headlines in your E-mail

Every day we send out a free e-mail with the most important headlines of the last 24 hours.

Subscribe now

Categories: Broadcast & Satellite / Internet
Companies: Amazon / Hisense / LG / Netflix / Philips / Rakuten / Samsung / Wuaki.tv
Countries: Europe
::: add a comment

Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.


Related

Rakuten TV start TVoD-dienst in Nederland, Belgie en andere landen

Published 14 Mar 2019 10:28 CET | Europe
Rakuten TV heeft zijn TVoD-service uitgebreid naar meer dan 30 nieuwe gebieden. Rakuten is samenwerkingsverbanden aangegaan met ...

Rakuten launches 'Rakuten NBA Special' subscription

Published 16 Oct 2017 09:44 CET | Japan
Japanese e-commerce platform Rakuten will start accepting registrations for 'Rakuten NBA Special,' a monthly subscription service ...

Rakuten rolls out new branding at Wuaki.tv, Viber

Published 19 Jul 2017 13:29 CET | Europe
Rakuten has renamed its European VoD service Wuaki.TV as Rakuten TV. The company acquired Wauki.TV in 2012. The rebranding is ...

Wuaki to expand 4K offer with Samsung's TV PLUS

Published 05 Apr 2017 09:21 CET | Europe
Samsung Electronics announced a deal with Rakuten to increase the amount of 4K content on its Wuaki VoD service in Europe. At the ...

Wuaki hits 2.5 million users in Spain

Published 04 Jul 2016 09:18 CET | Spain
Rakuten VoD subsidiary Wuaki.tv has reached the milestone of 2.5 million users in Spain, having increased its customer base by ...





Calendar   /   Industry Events

18 Mar NII Holdings Q4 2018
18 Mar Cellcom Q4 2018
18 Mar Enterprise Connect
18 Mar Report: Dutch Television Market 2018-Q4
19 Mar Huber+Suhner Q4 2018
19 Mar Iliad Q4 2018
19 Mar TPG fiscal H1
19 Mar MTS Q4 2018
19 Mar Xiaomi Q4 2018
19 Mar China Telecom Q4 2018
19 Mar Nvidia Annual Investor Day
19 Mar Oi EGM
20 Mar Micron Technology fiscal Q2
20 Mar ZTE EGM
20 Mar Report: Dutch Fixed Telephony 2018-Q4
21 Mar Cyfrowy Polsat Q4 2018
21 Mar China Mobile Q4 2018
21 Mar CK Hutchison FY2018
22 Mar Telenet AGM
24 Mar 6G Wireless Summit
25 Mar Cheetah Mobile Q4 2018
25 Mar Freenet Q4 2018
25 Mar Apple press conference
::: More Calendar Items