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Wuaki.tv Sees Huge Increase in Connected Device Streaming, and Predicts the Death of Browser Streaming within Two Years

Wuaki.tv, a leading movie and TV series streaming service, today announced the company is seeing a huge increase in the number of movies and TV shows being streamed to Smart TVs and connected devices, following partnerships with device manufactures including Google, LG, Samsung and Panasonic.

Movies and TV shows streamed directly to a Smart TV increased by 65% since Wuaki.tv introduced native apps for Smart TVs from manufacturers including LG, Samsung and Panasonic. Connected device streaming from tablets, Xbox consoles, smartphones and Google’s Chromecast has also increased by 25%. These increases have been driven by the number of connected devices consumers are using in the home, and the stability of the viewing experience when using a native app.

Consequently, the number of movies and TV shows streamed through a web browser has dropped dramatically; at present only 10% are streamed to a PC or laptop through the browser. Wuaki.tv now believes less than 1% of all streamed viewing will take place through laptop and PC browsers in the next 12-24 months.

“When we first launched Wuaki.tv most of our users watched movies on their laptop, no one thought of the living room as a place to stream” comments Simon Homent, Content Director at Wuaki.tv. “Now the opposite it true. With Smart TVs, devices like Chromecast, and native apps being so commonplace, people are streaming movies and TV to all kinds of connected devices and replacing traditional TV channels. Native apps give a much better viewing experience than browser streaming, and are often more stable as they are designed for one single purpose. It has long been an industry prediction but one that’s actually coming true.

“In the next two years we expect very few, if any, Wuaki.tv customers will still be streaming through a browser, and it will effectively be the death of browser streaming.”

Wuaki.tv is an on-demand streaming service, offering a wide selection of on-demand movie and TV show content for rental and purchase through connected devices. Wuaki.tv users can watch content on a range of devices, including Xbox games consoles, Smart TVs, tablets, mobile phones, laptops and PCs. Rentals start from £2.49 per title. Please visit www.wuaki.tv for the full selection.

The viewing figures quoted cover the period from January-July 2014 and include all content streamed from Wuaki.tv’s catalogue in the UK.

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About Wuaki.tv

Wuaki.tv is a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service, offering thousands of hours of high quality movies and TV series for rental and purchase. Wuaki.tv’s extensive catalogue includes content from major Hollywood studios including Warner Bros., Disney, HBO, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and UK distributors including the BBC and ITV, giving consumers access to new releases, blockbusters, classic movies and TV series on the device of their choosing. Wuaki.tv’s content can be streamed to Internet-connected PCs, laptops, gaming consoles, tablets, iPhones and Smart TVs.

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