Oscars bounce drives Wuaki on-demand rentals

Streaming service Wuaki.tv has attributed a massive spike in new release rentals to Sunday’s Academy Awards. Wuaki released seven-Oscar winner Gravity on Monday and this became the site’s biggest ever rental title on its first day of release. Rentals were 273% higher than average day one new release sales. Throughout the week, Gravity has continued […]

Wuaki.tv joins Samsung WatchON app

Over-the-top video service Wuaki.tv has joined Samsung’s WatchON platform, making its entire catalogue available on the Android mobile and tablet app. Wuaki said that viewers will be able to rent, purchase, or watch subscription content on-demand through the video tab in the WatchON app. The app syncs with Samsung smart TVs, allowing users to start watching […]

Wuaki.tv appoints Microsoft exec to drive B2B growth

Over-the-top video service Wuaki.tv has appointed former Microsoft executive Xavier Llobera as its new partnerships and devices director.  Llobera, who was previously managing director of the Microsoft Productivity Innovation Centre, will be tasked with growing Wuaki’s business through device, mobile operator and retail partnerships. “Leading Wuaki.tv’s growth on the B2B side of the business, Xavier will […]

Wuaki.tv hits 1 million users

Over-the-top video service Wuaki.tv now claims more than one million global customers, after adding more than 125,000 new users in the UK since launching there in September.  Wuaki.tv, which is owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, was founded in Spain in 2009 and is planning further European launches this year in France, Germany and Italy. […]

Wuaki.tv partners with LG on smart TV streaming

Over-the-top video service Wuaki.tv has partnered with LG to launch an app on LG’s 2012 and 2013 range of smart TVs in the UK. The movie and TV series streaming app will includes rental, purchase and subscription titles and include “thousands of hours” of content, according to Wuaki.tv. The deal follows similar agreements with Samsung […]

Wuaki.tv moves forward with ambitious Euro-expansion plans

Wuaki.tv, the Spain-based OTT service owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, will launch in France, Germany and Italy next year, with a further 10 European territory launches planned for 2015, Simon Homent, UK content director confirmed at the OTTtv World Summit yesterday.  Rakuten already has a presence in four of the five countries in which […]

Microsoft announces Xbox One launch partners

Microsoft has announced the “first wave” of launch partners for its new Xbox One games console, including Netflix, Eurosport and Machinima. In Europe, where Microsoft is due to launch the Xbox One on November 22, the firm announced content partners for seven countries – Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. Videogame themed […]

Wuaki signs UK content deal with ITV

UK VOD website Wuaki.tv has closed a deal for hundreds of hours of programming from broadcaster ITV. The catalogue TV and movie deal hands the Rakuten-owned site shows such as The Royle Family, Cold Feet, Lewis, Law and Order, Prime Suspect, Endeavour, Lemon La Vida Loca and Titanic, which ITV’s sales arm ITV Studios Global […]

OTT service Wuaki launches on Panasonic TVs

Wuaki.tv, the OTT service recently launched in the UK, has cut a deal with Panasonic and will make its service available through the consumer electronics firm’s connected TVs. Consumers in the UK will need to download the relevant app to access Wuaki via their Panasonic set. The TV series and movies streaming service is owned […]

OTT SVoD service Wuaki.tv launches in UK, more countries to follow

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakutin-owned over-the-top subscription video-on-demand service Wuaki.tv has launched in the UK following what it said was a successful beta trial. Wuaki.tv said the UK launch would be followed by expansion to other European countries in 2015. The service launched in the UK in beta in June, and Wuaki.tv says it has attraced […]