TBI Weekly: All eyes on the buyers

We might only be in early February but it already feels as if 2024 will go down as a year of marketplace contraction, with fewer originals being commissioned worldwide and reduced spends. Despite this, there are still deals being done and specific content being sought. New acquisition opportunities are opening as many companies return to […]

Rakuten Viki strikes content deals with Korea’s CJ ENM, JTBC

Streamer Rakuten Viki has struck a pair of content partnerships with Korea’s CJ ENM and JTBC. The deal, which spans more than 30 titles, include CJ ENM’s What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, Touch Your Heart and When The Devil Calls Your Nan, among 14 shows form the media group. Meanwhile, JTBC shows heading to Rakuten […]

Rakuten’s Best-of-Asia SVOD names CEO

Rakuten’s Best-of-Asia SVOD Viki has named Sam Wu as its CEO. The platform has promoted Wu, who was previously SVP of finance, who will take over from interim CEO Masaya Ueno. Ueno will take on a new role leading Rakuten’s Global Media Business group. Viki is primarily an AVOD service, but provides a premium option […]

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 TBI’s sister title Digital TV Europe, Rakuten TV CEO Jacinto Roca (pictured) said “we have the intention to launch but we don’t have concrete plans yet”. Roca said that heading into next year, the firm might consider […]

Viki launches new global Chinese service

Streaming service Viki has launched new Chinese TV streaming offerings. Viki has bases in Asia and the US and crowd sources subtitles, offering a swathe of international content to its customers in 160 languages. BBC Worldwide acquired a small share in the business in 2011 having previously licensed it programmes before it was acquired by […]

Wuaki.tv extends kids SVOD call

Video-on-demand company Wuaki.tv is on the hunt for new local kids TV partners with whom it will launch branded SVOD platforms. Wuaki’s push into this space began in October with the launch of an SVOD service with DTT channel Gulli in France, offering the latter’s programming on-demand for €3.99 (US$4.50) a month. “We want to […]

Viki adds Malaysia scripted pack

International online video platform Viki has acquired nearly 100 hours of Malaysian scripted programming after a deal with Primeworks Distribution. The Rakuten-owned site will now exclusively offer popular Malaysian titles such as I Miss You 200% (Rindu Awak 200%), drama series Ariana Rose, and season one of Autumn in My Heart. The agreement marks the […]

Wuaki.TV founder upped to parent firm role

The CEO and founder of Wuaki.TV, Jacinto Roca, has been named executive officer at the SVOD platform’s parent company, Rakuten. This new role will see him coordinating Rakuten’s digital video operations in several regions, though he will remain as CEO of Wuaki, a spokesman confirmed. The expanded role will include strategically aligning the expanding Wuaki […]

Wuaki launches kids SVOD in France

Japanese-owned streaming and download service Wuaki is teaming with French media group Lagardère and launching a kids SVOD service in France. It will team with Lagardère kids channel Gulli, using its brand and content for a €3.99 (US$4.50) a month SVOD streaming service. Gulli shows such as Pokemon, Power Rangers, Naruto and Littlest Petshop (pictured) will […]

Wuaki.tv launches in Italy

Movie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has launched in Italy, marking its fifth country launch to date. The rental and purchase VOD service said that Italy marks the latest step in its ongoing expansion plan, and that it aims to be in 15 European countries by late 2015. Wuaki is already also available in Spain, […]