Rakuten to launch sports streaming channel

Rakuten has made its first foray into live streaming with the launch of Rakuten Sports. The flagship feature of Rakuten Sports is access to Meiji Yasuda J1 League matches from the 2019 season both live and on demand. The service also features an original series –  Iniesta TV – which follows the international soccer star […]

OTT market to reach US$330 billion by 2025

The fast-growing OTT market is set to reach new heights in the coming years, a new report has claimed. According to a new study from Allied Market Research, the global OTT market reached US$97.43 billion (€86.97 billion) in 2017 and is projected to reach US$332.52 billion (€296.81 billion) by 2025. This translates to a compound […]

Rakuten launches live video streaming service

Japanese VOD company Rakuten has launched a live video streaming service. The service, called Rakuten LIVE, is primarily focused on allowing artists, celebrities and general users to live stream videos and communicate with viewers in real-time. Also featured is a live commerce function, in which viewers can easily access sites to purchase products featured in […]

Rakuten chief: cloud tech will enable company to disrupt mobile at low cost

E-commerce giant Rakuten is moving ahead with plans to launch its own mobile telecom network in Japan, with chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani claiming that the company’s software and cloud-centric approach will enable it to disrupt the market at a fraction of the cost traditionally associated with setting up a full-fledged mobile infrastructure Speaking at […]

Rakuten Viki names new CEO

Rakuten Viki, Rakukten’s “fan-powered video platform and community for global TV” has named Sam Wu as its new CEO. Wu, who was most recently the company’s Senior Vice President of Finance, will take over the position from Interim CEO, Masaya Ueno. Ueno will assume a new role leading Rakuten’s Global Media Business Group. Wu joined […]

EXCLUSIVE: Rakuten looking at SVOD launches across international markets

Rakuten TV, the transactional video-on-demand service provider that currently operates in 12 international territories, is considering launching a version of the subscription video-on-demand service it currently provides only in Spain in other markets before the end of this year. CEO Jacinto Roca, speaking exclusively to DTVE, said that the SVOD offering would be “family-focused” and […]

Rakuten looks to blockchain to build ‘world’s biggest membership community’

E-commerce giant and – in Europe – video-on-demand provider Rakuten has used Mobile World Congress to unveil a series of initiatives to leverage blockchain technology and content to build “the largest membership community in the world”, in the words of chairman and CEO Hiroshi ‘Mickey’ Mikitani. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Mikitani briefly referenced Rakuten […]

Rakuten TV launches 4K HDR service

Rakuten TV has launched a 4K high dynamic range (HDR) service in a bid to offer a premium movie experience to European smart TV owners. The offering is available initially on Samsung Tizen UHD HDR TVs, but Rakuten TV CEO Jacinto Roca told DTVE that the aim is to launch on smart TVs by manufacturers […]

Rakuten TV mulls wider European expansion

Video-on-demand service Rakuten TV is mulling plans to expand its footprint across more European countries. Speaking exclusively to Digital TV Europe, Rakuten TV CEO Jacinto Roca said “we have the intention to launch but we don’t have concrete plans yet”. Roca said that heading into next year, the firm may consider increasing its number of […]

Wuaki becomes Rakuten.tv as FC Barcelona sponsorship deal kicks off

On-demand TV service Wuaki has changed its name to Rakuten.tv, following a global rebranding exercise by its parent company, and, according to Spanish press, has set a goal of doubling its subscriber base over the next two years.  Rakuten.tv is currently available in a dozen European markets. Wuaki, originally a Spanish on-demand outfit, was acquired […]