Samsung launches Wuaki.tv streaming service

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    New platform provides subscription, rental and purchasing capabilities for TV and movies

    Samsung today announced a partnership with Wuaki.tv, the streaming service from e-commerce and Internet company Rakuten, that will see Wuaki.tv’s extensive catalogue added to Samsung’s Smart TV platform. The new Wuaki.tv app will provide users with an extensive line-up of movies and TV series from major Hollywood Studios, including Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and major UK and international distributors including the BBC. Content available to rent or buy includes the latest Hollywood titles, such as Trance, Oblivion and Disney’s Oz The Great And Powerful.

    Furthermore, the Wuaki Plus subscription service offers a regularly-refreshed line-up of movies from blockbusters to classic films, and highly-rated TV series such as Saving Private Ryan, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dexter Seasons 1-6. Samsung Smart TV viewers will also be able to take advantage of the special 50% off Wuaki Plus launch offer, making it just £2.99/month for life. Wuaki.tv is the only company to offer a unique hybrid streaming model in the UK whereby users can choose between renting and purchasing individual movies and TV series or subscribing to the monthly Wuaki Plus service, offering unlimited streaming of an extensive selection of movie and TV content.

    Guy Kinnell, Head of TV and AV at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, commented that “research from our recently announced ‘Samsung Futures: The Future of Smart TV’ report found that almost one fifth of people stayed at home more often to watch films on TV rather than go to the cinema. With the nation changing the way we consume film and TV content, having a great selection of entertainment partners such as Wuaki.tv in our Smart TV store enables us to provide people with the freedom of choice to watch their favourite shows and movies at a time convenient for them.’’

    Jacinto Roca, Wuaki.tv CEO, believes the partnership strategy "represents an opportunity to realise Wuaki.tv’s goal of bringing the best selection of movies and TV series to UK households in a simple and straightforward way." Wuaki.tv will join an ever-growing collection of streaming services available on Samsung Smart TVs such as all the main catch-up services, along with Netflix and LoveFilm; putting the manufacturer's Smart TV platform in a strong position. ‘Samsung Apps’ is the first and biggest app store available for TVs, with over 20 million apps already downloaded worldwide, evidence that consumers are beginning to embrace the Smart TV format.
     

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