Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten-owned movie and TV streaming platform, Wuaki.tv, is now available on Xbox 360.
The challenger to Netflix and LoveFilm, only available in the UK, Spain (more than 600,000 subscribers) and Andorra for now, offers two different pricing system:
1) unlimited streaming with a monthly subscription to a “regularly-refreshed line-up” of movies and TV shows (similar to Netflix)
2) a per-item charge – option to rent and buy digital titles individually (similar to iTunes)
As part of its launch promotion, Wuaki.tv is also dropping the price of Wuaki Plus, its unlimited streaming package, from £5.99 to £2.99 per month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. This offer finishes on 13 September or until Wuaki.tv gets 75,000 subscribers, whichever comes first.
The service’s TV range includes series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Dexter, Doctor Who, House, Lost and Breaking Bad – although many are available via rental only, not included in the subscription.
“We see support for Xbox 360 as essential for Wuaki.tv, as games consoles are one of the main devices people use to access on-demand content,” said Jacinto Roca, founder and CEO of Wuaki.tv. “While Xbox is first and foremost a gaming platform, there’s an increasing demand for a wider selection of entertainment content from those who have grown up with games and are using their console as an entertainment hub. We’ve already had a great response to Wuaki.tv’s launch in the UK, and the addition of Xbox 360 will help us continue to grow.”
You can also watch Wuaki.tv via PC, iPad, Android and Samsung Smart TV applications.