Wuaki.tv Aboard Google Chromecast in the U.K.28 May, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Wuaki.tv, the movie streaming service owned by Japanese e-commerce service Rakuten, May 28 said it has inked a deal with Google making its catalog of movies and TV series available on Chromecast, the search behemoth’s digital media streaming device.
Chromecast is a small, thumb-sized device that plugs into a TV’s HDMI input. Once plugged in, Chromecast allows users to stream high-definition video and audio content from a tablet, smartphone or other device directly to their TV’s big screen over a Wi-Fi connection. It essentially turns any TV into a Smart TV, allowing viewers to stream hundreds of movies and TV series on-demand.
Wuaki.tv is offering a £20 ($33.50) discount on the purchase of a £30 ($50.27) Chromecast when purchasing any HBO original series. Wuaki recently inked a content licensing deal with HBO, which includes catalog access to “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective” and “The Sopranos.”
The Wuaki.tv catalog includes content from Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, as well as UK distributors such as the BBC and ITV. Movies and TV series are available for both rental and purchase starting at £2.49 ($4.17) a title.
“A high number of our users stream content directly to their SmartTVs, around 80%, through our dedicated apps,” Josep Mitjà, co-founder of Wuaki.tv, said in a statement.