After a month-long Beta test involving some 10,000 viewers, content will now be available commercially for a PPV fee starting at €3.99.
The new OTT service will be available via the web, smartphones, tablets, Chromecast, Xbox 360, Samsung and LG Smart TVs and in the coming days on Xbox One, as well as Panasonic and Philips Smart TVs.
Besides US and international productions, Wuaki.TV has agreed deals with distributors such as SND (M6 Group), TF1, Pathé, Gaumont, France Télévisions in order to offer French creations as well.
Local TV movies include Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu, De toutes nos forces, La Belle et la Bête, Les Garçons et Guillaume à table !
The new platform, owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, is initially targeting fans of TV series and feature films, with the aim of becoming a key partner for the digital development across Europe.
The service is specifically targeting the 20 million customers of PriceMinister, the French e-commerce website that it Rakuten also owns.
Wuaki.tv also plans to open a service in Germany and Italy by the end of 2014, and plans expansion to some ten new countries by the end of 2015.