Sometimes referred to as a video on demand (VOD) service, this live streaming company is one of the biggest in the industry. For this to be true, it has to be on its toes to keep up with the competition and it does. With a list of illustrious names within its catalogue such as Warner . Bros, 20th Century Fox and Disney, it rivals some of the premium names in the market for quality.
It has a variety to movies, and TV series available to watch, some of them as part of their subscription service, but some are available to rent as well as purchase. Some of the best independent cinema is available as well as some of the latest releases.
Keeping in line with some of the activities of modern providers, Rakuten is planning on producing and releasing its own movies meaning it will go up against Netflix and Amazon who have already found success in this area. It has been reported that this will not be at the detriment of the Hollywood made movies that the service offers.
Rakuten has some of the best titles around for viewers to watch. Some of the most prestigious include Game of Thrones, and big blockbuster titles such as Beauty and the Beast, Mad Max, Deadpool and many more. The great thing about Rakuten is you do not need to be subscribing to Sky or Virgin to watch great movies. You can watch Rakuten though your TV, as well as the app, meaning that you can watch the great selection of movies from anywhere you wish. This is the same as some of the big names providers meaning Rakuten has kept up with consumer demands.
Formerly Wuaki and purchased by Rakuten and transformed into the company and format it is today, it combines the best of what Netflix offers in that it has a monthly subscription service that you can watch movies through, as well as rentals and purchases as an option. This makes the company unique and it is definitely trying to position itself at the forefront of what it offers customer of the VOD industry. This gives users the option to watch some of the latest releases, before they make it onto the subscription streaming service - rent or purchase the most popular titles and still have access to some of the great series and films for a monthly payment. If you wish to rent a title, you can do so and watch within 48 hours of purchase.
Another great service that Rakuten offers its customer is offline downloads. This allows users to download content onto their mobile or tablet whilst using wifi, and let them watch it when offline. This is a great way to avoid using your data to stream, but also allows you to watch where there is often little to no signal such as on your morning commute, or on a flight. You can load your device up with hours of great content allowing you to view your favourite shows or films where you would usually not be able to watch. Rakuten were the first of the big VOD companies to allow this, beating Netflix amongst others to the punch. While other companies now offer the ability to download some of their content - Rakuten has a reputation for having more of its catalogue available for this feature.
Rakuten TV is now available in 12 countries across Europe, with its biggest markets being Spain, UK, Germany and France, with a subscriber base of over 5 million it is growing constantly and is currently the third biggest of its kind. With such a high status it is imperative that it continues to offer great content and some of the newest releases, keep an eye on its catalogue and decide if it is a good time for you to sign up.
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