How Rakuten TV works

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Costo Rakuten TV

Before seeing in detail how Rakuten TV works, you may find it useful to know what the costs of the service are, the payment methods available and, above all, what content you can watch for free.

If you are wondering if Rakuten TV is free, you will be happy to know that there is also a section entirely dedicated to free content that you can watch, after creating your account, with some commercial interruptions.



In addition to international films and famous in your languagen comedies, numerous contents for children, documentaries and a section called are also available free of charge Rakuten Stories with sports documentaries. In addition, there is also a section (Rakuten viki) dedicated to fans of Asian films and dramas.

As for paid content, there is both a section dedicated to the rental and purchase of films and TV series and a section with content that is only visible by activating a monthly subscription. In the first case, it is possible rent a content starting from 2,99 euros (it is not possible to rent TV series) e buy movies and TV series starting from 6,99 euros.

Rented films can be viewed without limitation within 48 hours of payment, while purchased titles are available for an unlimited period of time as long as Rakuten TV still owns the rights. In the latter case, on compatible devices, you can also download the purchased content to watch it offline.

TheSTARZPLAY subscription of STARZ which, at the cost of 4,99 euros / month with 7 days of free trial, gives you access to an extremely interesting catalog of films and TV series.

Whether you are renting / buying or activating a subscription, you can pay with credit / debit card (circuit cards are accepted Visa e MasterCard) or with PayPal. In addition, you can also use any coupon Rakuten TV obtained with various promotions and initiatives (eg “At home with COOP”).



Finally, I would like to point out that for every euro spent on purchased or rented content, a Rakuten Point that, once the required number of points has been reached, it is possible to take advantage of the purchase or rental of other content.

Rakuten TV compatible devices

Rakuten TV is accessible from computer through all popular browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari o Internet Explorer. Using Operainstead, it is possible to browse the catalog of available contents, watch the trailers but the reproduction of the actual contents is not allowed. Furthermore, I point out that for some browsers (in particular Safari and Internet Explorer) the Microsoft Silverlight plugin is required.

Rakuten TV can also be accessed from smartphones and tablets, by downloading the free app for Android (Android 3.2 and later) and iPhone / iPad (for iOS 9 and later and iPadOS) devices. Through the app in question, it is also possible to download the contents for offline viewing.

Rakuten TV is also available as an app on many models of Smart TV, as Samsung, Sony, Philips, LG, Panasonic and many more (here the complete list). Finally, it will be useful to know that you can also access Rakuten TV content on your TV via Xbox One and Chromecast.

How Rakuten TV works on a computer

To start watching content of interest to you on Rakuten TV, including free content, you need to register for the service and create your account. To do this, connected to the official Rakuten TV website, click on the button Subscribe, top right, and fill out the registration form with the requested data.



Then enter yours email address in the appropriate fields, create a password (at least 8 characters) to associate with your account by entering it in the field Password, place a check mark next to the option I accept the conditions of use, I have read the Privacy and Cookie Policy, I accept the contractual conditions and press pulsating Subscribe.

At this point you are ready to choose one of the free Rakuten TV content and start playing it. To do this, click on the option Free, top left, and locate the film, documentary or cartoon of your interest. To view all available free titles, click on the icon arrow related to the category of your interest (Rakuten Stories, Free movies, Docs, Rakuten viki e Kids) or, if available, click on the item View all.

I point out that pausing with the mouse pointer on thecover image of any content, you can view its description and various details (eg. year of publication, generally etc.). Also, by clicking on the buttons Trailer e Add to my favorites, you can view the trailer of the content in question or add it to the list My favorites of your account.

Once you have chosen the content you want to watch, click on its cover image and, in the new open page, click on the button Look now, to start playback. As mentioned above, free content is visible with ad breaks.


If, on the other hand, you want to rent or buy a movie or a TV series, all you have to do is pause with the mouse pointer on the option Cinema, in the top menu, and select the option of your interest: All genres to view the complete catalog of available films; Family for films suitable for the whole family e TV Series to access the section dedicated to the series.


Once this is done, locate the content of your interest, click on its cover image and, in the new open page, click on the button Look now. At this point, click on the item Rent from [price] (option not available for TV series), to rent the content in question, or choose the option Buy from [price], to purchase the chosen film or TV series.

To complete the purchase / rental by paying by credit / debit card, press on the item Add a new credit or debit card, enter the data in the fields Cardholder's Name, Card number e Expiration date and click on the button Add credit card.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to complete the payment with PayPal, choose the option Connect a new PayPal account, enter your PayPal account details in the fields Email or mobile number e Password and click on the buttons Log in e Accetta and continue, to link your PayPal account to Rakuten TV. This operation is only necessary the first time: after having associated a payment method to your account, simply select the one you are interested in at the time of payment.

At this point, put the check mark next to the option you prefer between Rent SD, Rent HD, Rent UHD, Buy SD, Buy HD e Rent UHD (the available options may vary depending on the content chosen) and click on the button Confirmation, to complete the purchase or rental and add the content in question to your account. To access the list of all purchased / rented content, press on yours usernameat the top right, and select the option Video library give the menu check if you press.

In the new open page, click on the content of your interest and click on the button Look now, to start playback. As mentioned in the opening lines of this guide, rented content is available for 48 hours from the moment of payment: during this period you can see it as many times as you want.

How do you say? Would you like to watch one of the subscription content available on STARZPLAY? If so, select the option Subscription in the top menu and click on the button Try it for free (if you have a coupon to redeem, click on the item first Redeem the coupon). In the new opened page, choose the payment method you prefer among credit / debit card e PayPal and enter the data in the appropriate fields (this is not necessary if you have already associated a payment method to your account).

Now, in the screenshot Terms and conditions, put the check mark required to accept the terms of service and click on the button sign up now, to activate the STARZPLAY free trial.

Complete the activation of STARZPLAY, access the section again Subscription, locate the content you want to watch and click on the button Look now, to start playback. By pressing, instead, on the option Add to my favorites, you can add the title in question to the list of your favorite contents that you can view by clicking on yours username, top right, and selecting the option My favorites.

Finally, you should know that at the end of the STARZPLAY free trial, the subscription will automatically renew for 4,99 euros / month. If you want to turn off automatic renewal, click on yours username, at the top right, select the option Settings from the menu that opens and, in the new screen that appears, select the tab Your plan.

Then locate the entry Are you planning to unsubscribe?, click on the relevant option Click here and click on the button Yes, I cancel, to confirm your intention and disable the automatic renewal of STARZPLAY. If you change your mind, you can reactivate your subscription by clicking on the button Renew.

How Rakuten TV works on smartphones and tablets

As mentioned in the opening lines of this guide, Rakuten TV is also available as an application for Android and iPhone / iPad devices. After downloading the app in question from your store smartphone / tablet, start it, press the button Create a new account/Subscribe, enter the required data in the fields Email, Password e Confirm password, put the check mark necessary to accept the terms of service and the privacy policy and tap the button Registration/Create your account.

If, on the other hand, you have already registered, click on the option Link existing account/Log in, enter your account details in the fields Email e Password e fai tap sul pulsating Connect device/Log in, to login.

At this point, if your intention is to watch free Rakuten TV content, tap on the option Free located in the menu at the bottom and, in the new screen displayed, find the content of your interest. To speed up the search for a film, documentary or children's content, you can select one of the options available above Entire catalog, Entrainment , Adventure, in your languagen cinema, Disney, Documentary, Horror, Music etc.

Once you have chosen the content you want to watch, click on its cover image e, nella nuova schermata visualizzata, fai tap sul pulsating Trailer, to watch the trailer, or on the option Watch with advertising, to start playing it and watch it with some commercial breaks.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to access the catalog of contents available for rental and purchase, select the option Cinema in the menu below and locate the content of your interest in the sections New releases - The must-sees, Most viewed movies for rent, Rent for 2,99 etc.

Alternatively, tap on one of the options visible at the top between Entire catalog, Entrainment , Adventure, Action, Comedy, Documentary, Fantasy, Horror, For the whole family, Romantic etc. and, in the new screen that appears, select the option Videos, to view movies for rent / purchase, or TV Series, for TV series available for purchase (series rental is not available).

Once you have made your choice, click oncover image of the content to watch and press on the option you prefer between Rent from [price] e Buy from [price]. Finally, if available, choose whether to rent / buy the low quality version (SD) or in high definition (HD) and complete the payment by entering your details credit card, if you have an Android device, or via iTunes, if you use an iPhone / iPad.

Once this is done, click on the option Profile, at the bottom right, select the item Video library, locate the rented or purchased content, click on his title e fai tap sul pulsating Look now, to start playback.

If your intention is to look at the contents available in the section Subscription and you have a device Android, access the section in question, press the button Subscribe, enter your credit card details in the appropriate fields and tap the buttons Add card e Subscribe, to activate the STARZPLAY subscription.

If, on the other hand, you have a iPhone / iPad (or you have an Android device but prefer to pay with PayPal), to activate a subscription you must proceed via the browser, following the instructions I have given you in the lines dedicated to the operation of Rakuten TV on a computer. By doing so, you also have the option to activate the 7-day free trial.

After activating your subscription, start the Rakuten TV app again, access the section Subscription, choose the content you want to watch and press the button Look now, to start the vision.

How Rakuten TV works on TV

As I have already mentioned in the opening lines of this guide, you can also watch Rakuten TV on Smart TV. All you have to do is go to your TV's app store, download theRakuten TV application and then log into your account (or create one if you haven't already).

At this point, select one of the options available in the top menu: Free, to access free Rakuten TV content; Cinema to view the titles available for rental and purchase e Subscription to access the catalog of visible contents with the STARZPLAY subscription.

If you don't have a Smart TV or your TV is not compatible with Rakuten TV, you can download the video streaming service app at Xbox One or use chromecast. In the latter case, you must connect the device to the same Wi-Fi network to which your smartphone or tablet is connected, start the Rakuten TV app on the latter, press the icon of the broadcast (the Wi-Fi wave screen), select the name associated with chromecast and then start playing the chosen content.

In the same way you can also proceed from a computer: in this case, however, you must first start playing the content to watch and then click on the icon of the broadcast.

How Rakuten TV works


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