Competition is becoming fiercer and fiercer between online movie and series services that offer legal contents via streaming, especially with the arrival of Netflix and HBO, apart from the not so legal Popcorn Time and Strem.io. The former offer us a system based on a monthly flat rate with different plans that give us unlimited access to their contents. But there's life beyond these services when it comes to watching films and television legally on the Internet because other platforms such as Google Play or iTunes offer paid contents... and there's also Rakuten TV that combines both systems.
How much does this online video club cost?
To start off, you should know that signing up to become a user of Rakuten/Wuaki is totally free. That's basically because it offers us two different ways to watch its contents:
- Rent or purchase movies online: just sign up and browse through the platform's huge catalog. Here you'll find different titles available for rent or sale with prices that range between $0.99 and $4.99. If you decide to rent, the movies will remain in your library for 48 hours, but if you decide to purchase, you can watch them for 3 years.
- Subscription to Rakuten Wuaki: this is the flat rate that costs $6.99 per month without a minimum contract period and that offers you access to all the contents tagged with the word Selection.
To pay, you can use methods such as PayPal, credit card or Rakuten gift vouchers.
This service has been designed to work on different platforms such as PC, Smart TV and obviously smartphones and tablets of the likes of Android, iPhone, and iPad. By installing the APK on your mobile device, you can make the most of features such as the following:
- Use Chromecast to watch all the contents on a TV by means of mirroring.
- Watch movies online through a WiFi or 3G-4G data connection, and download films and series to watch them offline without a connection.
- Wide range of movies sorted by genre: action, comedy, war, independent, thriller, science fiction, kids, premiers...
- Synchronize your account with other devices.
All in all, it's a great legal alternative to Netflix and HBO that allows you to pay to use it only when you want. You decide what to watch and when.