Wuaki.tv signs pact with HBO for Spain

The Spanish arm of Japanese-owned streaming platform Wuaki.tv has signed a deal with US broadcaster HBO for some 500 hours of content including series such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under and Entourage.

Owned by Japanese e-commerce and internet giant Rakuten, Wuaki.tv launched in Spain in 2009. It has since opened in the UK and a service went live in France in early September with the support of Rakuten-owned e-commerce site PriceMinister.

The company plans to expand into 11 European territories by 2016. Immediate targets include Germany and Italy by the end of the year.