VOD service Wuaki.tv heading to Germany in November

More competition for Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as the rest of the lot in Germany, as Wuaki.tv says it’s planning to launch in Deutschland in late November.

Published reports say the VOD provider, which already is in Spain and the United Kingdom, will offer films from Hollywood and Germany, as well as content from other European countries.

Co-founder and COO Josep Mitjà of the Barcelona-based subsidiary of Japan’s Rakuten told Broadband TV News the service currently was beta testing in Germany, offering a slice of German users the opportunity to trial the service.

Users can rent titles for 48 hours, or buy them outright. An SVOD version of Wuaki.tv is available in Spain, but won’t immediately operate that way in Germany, the company said.

It will be available on connected TVs, game consoles, PCs, laptops, and mobile devices.

By the end of 2015, Wuaki.tv wants to be present in 15 European countries.

Germany, with a population of more than 80 million, is the EU’s bigest economy. Overall, the European market is a large one, with more Broadband connection — an estimated 134 million — than the United States, which has less than 90 million. IHS forecasts the SVOD market in Western Europe to grow as much as 35% over the next five years, driven in large part by Netflix’s continued expansion.

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn