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Rakuten TV Expands AVOD Platform Across Europe

Rakuten TV, the European AVOD/FAST platform that also sells digital movies, Nov. 17 announced the launch of 21 new channels across Spain, Italy, and France. The new channels offer content across lifestyle, nature, film, animation, music and culture.

The new international, multi-channel deals represent Rakuten TV’s strategy offering free, ad-supported local content in partnership with global content creators.

Rakuten TV claims to be the first VOD/streaming platform in Europe combining transactional VOD, SVOD, AVOD and FAST (free ad-supported streaming TV) services.

In Spain, the seven new channels include Mi Casa, Buen Viaje, Crimen TV, Naturaleza, Pongalo from Comcast-owned Xumo, Love Nature, and gaming-themed World Poker Tour.

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Mi Casa embodies everything you want to make your house your home. Viewers can travel the world from their home and discover new places through the Buen Viaje channel. Those seeking to connect to nature and the planet can tune into Naturaleza. Audiences seeking drama can to tune to Pongalo, which provides an assortment of telenovelas and series in Spanish, and true crime fans can access all the gritty details on Crimen TV.

Featuring documentaries and television series related to wildlife and nature including Shark Squad, Extreme Africa and Baby Animals, Love Nature, is the perfect destination for inspiring stories from around the world.

World Poker Tour is the premier name in internationally televised gaming, entertainment and tournaments.  The channel features a collection of prestigious tournaments played in top casinos and card rooms world-wide, making it the perfect destination for poker fans.

In Italy, seven new channels include Shorts, BFC Forbes, Radio Italia Trend, Cuore Ribelle, Italian Fishing TV, Brindiamo! and Filmrise Sci-Fi.

Shorts markets itself as the only worldwide network dedicated to short films. BFC Forbes offers programing insight into business-focused topics such as finance, CSR, space economy, innovation and sustainable mobility.

Music lovers get their fix from Radio Italia Trend, a 24-hour music-based channel dedicated to the best Italian indie, rap, and trap music. Fans of Spanish TV soap opera Cuore Ribelle (Bandolera) can tune into the show’s dedicated channel and namesake. Italian Fishing TV is the first Italian channel completely devoted to sport fishing and showcases it in all its forms, from saltwater fishing from the beach off the rocks to freshwater fishing in streams, rivers, and lakes.

Those looking to satisfy their curiosity for cooking and lifestyle can tune into Brindiamo! and sci-fi fans will have access to Filmrise Sci-Fi, a branded linear channel dedicated to popular sci-fi shows Andromeda and Mutant X.

In France, the seven new channels include Museum TV, My Zen TV, Universciné, Anime Digital Network (ADN) Wild Side TV and Zylo’s Emotion’L and Ciné Nanar Channel.

Museum TV is a channel for anyone who has ever been to an exhibition (and liked it!), featuring a plethora of shows, including art documentaries, entertainment programs and drawing classes. All in one lifestyle channel, My Zen TV, covers light sports, home, health, relaxation, well-being, cooking, travel and beauty. Universciné focuses on the promotion and distribution of independent cinema, and Anime Digital Network is a manga streaming channel offering a wide variety of animation series.

Wild Side TV offers independent cinema from around the world through a wide range of themes ranging from iconic films, genre films, auteur films and classics.

Zylo is the first FAST channel dedicated to fiction aimed at women, Emotion’L and features over 1,500 hours of content from award-winning producers, covering the best in romance, comedies and thrillers, where female protagonists are central to the story. And finally, Zylo’s Ciné Nanar Channel, is a new FAST channel dedicated to a mixture of nostalgic movies that focus on action, disaster and creature movies in the fight and sci-fi/ fantasy realm.

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