Viki To Launch In Japan, 5 Months After Acquisition By Rakuten

Viki To Launch In Japan, 5 Months After Acquisition By Rakuten

TechCrunch

Viki , a streaming video platform that crowdsources translated subtitles, will launch a beta version of its site for Japanese viewers tomorrow. The announcement comes five months after Tokyo-based Rakuten paid a reported $200 million for Viki , which is based in Singapore.

In a press release, Rakuten said:

“The launch is a natural transition of the company’s acquisition by Rakuten in September 2013, and marks the first step in Rakuten’s move to bring together Viki’s global content, language and community-first DNA to expand the scope of Rakuten’s $16 billion digital content and e-commerce business.”

Japanese viewers can use Rakuten IDs (which is similar to Facebook Connect) to log onto Viki Japan, which will have free TV shows and movies from around the world. translated into Japanese. These include “Boys Before Friends,” an American remake of “Hana Yori Dango,” a popular Japanese manga.

Other offerings include Korean drama “20’s,” Chinese…

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