Simon Homent

Wuaki races towards SVOD deal with Disney

Spanish streaming service Wuaki has scored an exclusive SVOD agreement to bring programming from Disney-owned US cable channel Freeform to its subscribers. The deal includes teen- and young adult-focused shows such as Beyond, Stitchers, Dead of Summer, The Fosters, Young & Hungry and Secret Life of an American Teenager. Freeform (fka ABC Family) is part […]

Wuaki: browser streaming will die out

Movie and TV streaming service has predicted the death of browser-based streaming in the next two years, thanks to content being streamed directly to smart TVs and connected devices. Since Wuaki introduced native apps for smart TVs made by the likes of LG, Samsung and Panasonic, it claims to have seen a massive 65% […]

Best of British for OTT service Wuaki

Streaming and download-to-own service Wuaki has added a raft of British movies to its service in the UK. Wuaki, part of the Japanese Rakuten group, has inked deals with several distributors including Metrodome, Kaleidoscope Entertainment, The Movie Partnership and Content Media to add the UK features, which will be marketed under a ‘Best of British’ […]

Oscars bounce drives Wuaki on-demand rentals

Streaming service 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 to expand into 13 Euro territories, 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. Rakuten already has a presence in four of the five countries in which will be present in Europe in 2014. Countries penciled in for […]