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Rakuten TV to offer free upgrades on 4K UHD movies

Friday, April 20th 2018 by Oprah Flash

Got a 4K UHD-ready telly? If so, we’ve got some good news as Rakuten TV is letting its customers upgrade to UHD 4K HDR movies, free of charge.

The UHD 4K HDR service came to Rakuten TV at the end of last year and gives Smart TV owners the ability to enrich their view experience when watching movies through the online on-demand site.

From next month (May), you’ll be able to upgrade to higher quality content with absolutely zilch to pay for the privilege. The announcement comes just in time to coincide with the new movie releases set to launch on the service. For customers who have already bought a movie on Rakuten TV in standard definition, you'll be able to upgrade to 4K UHD for no extra charge.

The Florida Project, All the Money in the World and Roman J. Israel, Esq. starring Denzel Washington, are just a few of the titles to join Rakuten TV’s line up in May.

Free movie for Three customers

Rakuten TV has already added a few household names to its UHD 4K HDR Library including Despicable Me 2, Jurassic World, The Fate of the Furious, Mission: Impossible and Wonder Woman.

If you’re a Three mobile customer you can now get £3.50 for free to put towards a movie on Rakuten TV through the Wuntu app. You get 350 Rakuten Super Points that you can spend on any of Rakuten’s content. This offer ends 24 April and you have to be a Three customer.

We recently told you that TalkTalk TV is switching the accounts of its off-net customers to Rakuten TV.

Customers with a TalkTalk broadband and TV contract will not be affected by the change but if you used to subscribe to Blinkbox before signing up to broadband, your TV account will be switched. The move is set to take place no later than 31 July.

What is Rakuten TV?

Rakuten TV is an on demand service that lets you buy and rent TV shows and movies. Popular titles such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Pitch Perfect 3 and Paddington 2 are all available on the site. It’s free to register, you just need to pay for the movie or show you want to watch.

Netflix’s content is getting stronger all the time so if the idea of paying for your movies as you go doesn’t appeal to you, you can start a 30-day free trial of Netflix’s streaming service. After your freebie is up, it costs £5.99 a month. Alternatively you can get a 14-day free trial of a Sky Cinema Pass or Entertainment Pass from NOW TV. It will then cost £9.99 or £7.99 respectively.

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