Spain-based free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service Rakuten TV Sept. 2 announced a content license deal with French-based Alchimie to expand the latter’s channels across Europe.
The new channels — HUMANITY, Luxe TV, MMA TV, Big Names, Motorsport TV, Télézap, Explore by TVPlayer and Krime — will be available in multiple territories across Rakuten TV’s 42-country footprint. L’Atelier des Chefs, which has already launched as part of Rakuten TV’s new culinary channels, also is available. More Alchimie channels will be added to the Rakuten TV portfolio in the near future.
“Partnering with Alchimie is another milestone in our European expansion and reinforces our commitment to deliver localized and relevant content to all audiences,” Teresa López, head of content at Rakuten TV, said in a statement.
“Alchimie is in an excellent position to provide Rakuten TV with entertaining themed channels across Europe with regularly refreshed, high-quality content in local languages,” added Nicolas d’Hueppe, CEO at Alchimie.
Rakuten TV linear channels are currently accessible for free on the Rakuten TV app on Samsung and LG Smart TV devices. Rakuten TV is part of Rakuten Group, which focuses on e-commerce, digital content, and communications. Rakuten is the official partner for FC Barcelona, the Golden State Warriors, Davis Cup and Spartan Race.