Rakuten TV

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Rakuten TV
Subsidiary
IndustryElectronic commerce
Founded2010
FounderJacinto Roca, Josep Mitjà
Headquarters,
Spain
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Jacinto Roca (CEO)
Josep Mitjà (COO)
Nikhil Deora (CSO)
Miquel Barba (CTO)
ProductsVideo on demand films and tv series
Number of employees
200
ParentRakuten
WebsiteRakuten TV
Rakuten Sports

Rakuten TV is a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service, offering movies and TV series for subscription, rental and purchase. Rakuten TV's catalogue includes content from studios around the world including Warner Brothers, Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, local distributors, and independent labels, being the smallest and least known service among its competitors.

Rakuten TV's content can be streamed to most devices, offering a similar service to Netflix and other streaming services.[1][2][3][4]

The company is headquartered in Barcelona and currently operates in twelve countries around Europe; Spain, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Austria, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland.

History[edit]

In June 2012, Rakuten, the world's third largest e-commerce company, acquired the company previously known as Wuaki.tv.[5] In July 2017, Wuaki.tv changed its name to Rakuten TV. Rakuten took over the user base from TalkTalk TV Store (previously Blinkbox) including migration of user purchased titles, in June 2018.

Rakuten Sports[edit]

On 11 June 2019, Rakuten announced the launch of Rakuten Sports, a new live streaming and video on demand (VOD) sports entertainment platform to expand and deliver sports content to several countries around the world, after eleven countries across the Europe. Starts 14 June, sports fans around the world will able to watch J.League football matches.[note 1]

On November 2019, Rakuten Sports provides the subscription streaming coverage of Davis Cup for two seasons 2019 and 2020, also as the part of main sponsorship, starting from the 2019 finals.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ J-league matches on Rakuten Sports are not available to watch in Japan, the Balkan countries, Brunei, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Middle East & North Africa, Mongolia, Thailand, and the United States.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woods, Ben. "Wuaki.Tv Is Now Available to Stream on Chromecast in the UK". The Next Web. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  2. ^ "Wuaki.tv streaming service now available on Xbox 360, £2.99 a month for life offer still on - Pocket-lint". www.pocket-lint.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  3. ^ "Wuaki.tv video service gets Android, iPad app support in UK". Engadget. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  4. ^ "Wuaki launches new 4K smart TV app » Digital TV Europe". www.digitaltveurope.net. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  5. ^ Wauters, Robin. "Rakuten Acquires Spanish Video-On-Demand Company Wuaki.tv". The Next Web. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  6. ^ "Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals to be broadcast in more than 171 countries". Davis Cup. 2019-11-07. Retrieved 2019-11-15.