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Meet Wuaki.tv: the new LoveFilm and Netflix rival

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Wauki.tv - could LoveFilm and Netflix have met their match?

There’s a new LoveFilm and Netflix rival on the block and its name is Wuaki.tv.

Offering the first hybrid PAYG and subscription streaming service, Wuaki.tv is being launched by Rakuten as a new competitor to the successful Netflix and LoveFilm offerings.

Users can either rent or buy moves or TV series episodes they wish to watch, or can subscribe to the Wuaki.tv service on a pay monthly basis.

“Streaming services have grown significantly in the UK, and we see a huge gap to offer a hybrid of the traditional subscription and a la carte models,” said Jacinto Roca, Wuaki.tv Founder and CEO. “Our Wuaki Plus subscription offers a quality service at an attractive monthly rate.”

The Wuaki Plus monthly subscription is priced at £5.99 per month normally, but early subscribers can take advantage of the beta-phase’s introductory £2.99 per month subscription for life.

Any customers already signed up to Wuaki.tv’s sister site, Play.com, will also get a 50 per cent discount on their first two film rentals.

Movie rentals are priced at £3.49 or £3.99, while TV series can be purchased on a season basis, with prices according to how recent their release date is.

“However, we know many people also want to rent or buy the very latest new releases, which are usually not available on subscription streaming services immediately, and other simply prefer to have on-demand on an a la carte basis. With Wuaki users can have both, and pick-and-choose what they want, when they want.”

Already home to thousands of films and TV programmes from Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Disney, the BBC and Twentieth Century Fox, Wuaki.tv certainly looks like it is lining up as a strong contender against the dominant existing streaming services.

Wuaki.tv is currently only available on desktop platforms, Wuaki.tv will be launching smart TV, tablet and game console apps over the summer months to increase its service.

“We’ve already seen huge success with the hybrid model in Spain, with over 600,000 users and we believe we’ll see similar success in the UK and other European markets. It is a competitive market, but we believe putting the consumer in control through our one-stop-shop solution for video on-demand will give us an edge.”

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David

July 12, 2013, 7:09 pm

This is an SD only service for 99% of users. From their website:

"due to contractual restrictions, HD content can not be played in our website or tablet apps"

The quality is also poor, using just 3Mb/s for SD and 5Mb/s for the non-existent HD. They'd need to at least double those rates for good quality picture.

Charlie

August 11, 2013, 4:56 pm

At present limited movies and only in SD BUT for £2:99 a month ill give it a few months to see if and how it improves....so far it's worth the money,time will tell, but my young daughter can now watch Disney movies on her IPad leaving our Sky free for us to watch without arguments ;-)

Paul

September 20, 2013, 10:12 am

I signed up within the first couple of weeks, now on my third month of "beta" and the content of the plus service is still very limited compared to Netflix and Lovefilm. I have hardly used the service as the TV series content is virtually non existent compared to the competition.Almost all the limited choice of movies are already available on Netflix in much better quality and surprisingly with virtually no buffering which Wuaki does constantly despite the lower quality.
It's £2.99 a month, but to be honest I was hoping it would improve quicker than it has. Nobody would pay £5.99 when the competition offers so much more content, Netflix improved the content in the UK a lot quicker. Wuaki seems to have been stuck in the same beta state for too long, both in quality and content with no improvements to both after 3 months? After this month I'll not be continuing the £2.99 for life offer, I can't see it ever being a replacement for Netflix or Lovefilm.

Marleigh

October 4, 2013, 10:25 am

Tried the trial, the TV show I was watching (Castle season 4) was removed from their selection before my trial even ended. Cancellod and deleted my account. Will be sticking to Netflix, vastly superior selection.

chris

October 15, 2013, 10:11 pm

Yet again, another streaming service that requires me to wait 6 months to a year before any decent movies become available. Why can't I just pay a higher subscription fee and stream unlimited movies as soon as they are released on blu ray? Until that day comes, I will continue to pirate movies as I refuse to pay per rental and I refuse to wait such a loving time befo e watching new movies

mark

November 14, 2013, 4:48 pm

Utter rubbish, I fell for the sales pitch at the front door so my own fault, its not a patch on Netflix, as soon as my three months are up that cost £9.99 i'm going to cancel.
mostly i'm annoyed with
1) the streaming is poor on my PC but not with netflix.
2)almost every film has a price,
3) there is a charge for most tv programs even BBC programs.

Graham

December 6, 2013, 1:50 pm

Had the hard sell at the door last night.

Lied to me that it was free, then presented a bill for £9.99.
Told me films were available 28 days after cinema release finishes.
No PS3 streaming, absolutely useless.

Dishonest and rubbish.

Sle

December 14, 2013, 5:15 pm

Agreed was lied to, told that up to date movies would be available got home waste of time. Don't bother using.

Sarah

December 14, 2013, 5:28 pm

Rubbish service mis-sold by their marketing company perdm completely!

Was told would have up to date movies nothing recent to watch unless you want to pay for them pointless subscription love film and netflix so much better.

Don't trust the sakes people either they have a line of rubbish just to get you to sign up. Shame on you perdm!

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