Analysts are uncertain of how receptive the UK will be to Wuaki.tv. as Amazon, via its LoveFilm subsidiary, and Netflix are already primary service providers in the region. However, given that a strong market already exists in the UK, Wuaki.tv may be received well as an affordable alternative option for online video services.
“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,” Roca said. “Our Wuaki Plus subscription offers a quality service at an attractive monthly rate. 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 others 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.” Last week some reports indicated that Wuaki.tv was considering a launch in France in the near future.
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