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Acquired byRakuten
Price$200M
Date9/2013

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Viki

Viki is a global TV site that streams TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 150 languages by a community of avid fans. With over 1.5 billion videos viewed and nearly 325 million words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners.

Viki is the first and fastest platform for real-time subtitling of video – from Hollywood Hits to Japanese Anime to Korean Dramas and Spanish Novelas. It has content deals with NBCU, A&E, BBC, TBS, TNT, MBC, SBS, TVA, among others. In 2012, Viki began offering music videos and launched anime with over 100 Japanese titles and its first original series Ozma. Viki also syndicates its shows with partners such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Yahoo!.

Viki is available on PC, mobile, tablet, smart TV and set top boxes. It is available in 50+ countries and has over 24 million viewers per month and 10 million mobile users.

The Wall Street Journal Asia named Viki one of the most innovative companies 2012. Viki won the Crunchie Award for Best International Startup in 2010.

Viki, a play on the words “video” and “wiki,” publicly launched in December 2010 and has offices in Singapore, San Francisco and Seoul.

Recent Milestones

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    Viki — Viki To Launch In Japan, 5 Months After Acquisition By Rakuten (2/21/14)
    Posted 2/21/14 at 10:35am via techcrunch.com
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    Viki — Financial Times: Digital Innovation for Social Change (11/1/13)
    Posted 11/8/13 at 10:04am via ft.com
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    Viki — CNTV America Interviews Razmig Hovaghimian about Rakuten's Digital Focus (10/22/13)
    Posted 11/8/13 at 10:09am via cntv.cn
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    Viki — Viki Acquired by Rakuten (9/1/13)
    Posted 11/8/13 at 9:57am via allthingsd.com
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    Viki — Rakuten Acquires Viki (9/1/13)
    Posted 11/8/13 at 9:55am via allthingsd.com
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    Viki was acquired by Rakuten for $200M. (9/1/13)
    Posted 9/1/13 at 10:48pm via allthingsd.com
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    Viki — Global video service Viki hits 10 million mobile app downloads, up nearly 7-fold from a year ago (7/3/13)
    Posted 7/3/13 at 10:31pm via thenextweb.com
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    Viki added Budi Putra as Advisor. (7/1/13)
    Posted 8/26/13 at 2:58am
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    Viki — TNT's "Falling Skies" Reigns Supreme in China for Viki (6/27/13)
    Posted 7/8/13 at 10:14am via deadline.com
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    Viki — Viki Signs Deal with Universal Music (5/24/13)
    Posted 7/8/13 at 10:23am via musicweekly.asia
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    Viki — Viki Signs Deal with Universal Music Group (5/24/13)
    Posted 7/8/13 at 10:19am via deadline.com
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    Viki — Viki Signs Deal with NBCU to Distribute Hollywood Content in SE Asia (1/31/13)
    Posted 2/14/13 at 4:27pm via variety.com
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    Viki — Viki syndicates Asian content on Amazon Instant Prime (1/24/13)
    Posted 2/14/13 at 4:27pm via paidcontent.org
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    Viki — Viki launches Youtube anime channel (9/12/12)
    Posted 2/14/13 at 4:27pm via thenextweb.com
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    Viki — Wall Street Journal Asia Names Viki Most Innovative Companies 2012 (8/14/12)
    Posted 2/14/13 at 4:27pm via wsj.com
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    Viki — Viki launches on "China's Facebook" Renren to reach 160 million users (7/12/12)
    Posted 2/14/13 at 4:27pm via techcrunch.com

Videos

Above:

Razmig Hovaghimian on Rakuten’s Digital Focus

Added: 2/21/14

Screenshots

Viki screenshot
Above: Viki Homepage
Uploaded: 3/8/13

Sources

  1. Exclusive: Japan’s Rakuten Acquires Viki Video Site for $200 Million (allthingsd.com) [edit]
  2. venturesquare.net [edit]
  3. ViKi Raises $4.3 Million from VC All-Stars to Translate the World’s Video (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. ViKi Closes $20M Series B Financing (finsmes.com) [edit]
  5. ViKi Announces $4.3M in Series A Funding and Launches Out of Beta (prnewswire.com) [edit]
    Congratultions to Crunchies Winners (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    DLD Garage Presents its Selection of 20 Internet Startups (media.einnews.com) [edit]
    Singapore Start-up Sees Gold Mine In Foreign Language TV (blogs.wsj.com) [edit]
    Viki Site Streams Leiji Matsumoto's Ozma Anime Worldwide (animenewsnetwork.com) [edit]
    BBC Worldwide Extends Its Partnership With Video Site Viki To Cover Advertising (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    Global Video Site Viki Moves into Music, Inks Deal with Warner Music Group (thenextweb.com) [edit]
    Online TV site Viki cozies up to NBCU (variety.com) [edit]
    Otaku rejoice! Viki is taking its anime worldwide with YouTube and Hulu (thenextweb.com) [edit]
    Viki Climbs The Great Firewall (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    Global TV Site Viki Widens Reach with Amazon Instant (paidcontent.org) [edit]
    WSJ Asia Innovation Awards (online.wsj.com) [edit]
    Global video service Viki hits 10 million mobile app downloads, up nearly 7-fold from a year ago (thenextweb.com) [edit]
    "Falling Skies" Reigns Supreme in China for Online TV Site Viki (deadline.com) [edit]
    Viki Signs Deal with Universal Music Group (deadline.com) [edit]
    Viki Signs Deal with Universal Music (musicweekly.asia) [edit]
    Exclusive: Japan’s Rakuten Acquires Viki Video Site for $200 Million (allthingsd.com) [edit]
    Exclusive: Japan’s Rakuten Acquires Viki Video Site for $200 Million (allthingsd.com) [edit]
    Digital Innovation for Social Change (ft.com) [edit]
    Millions of Users from 50 Countries (english.cntv.cn) [edit]
    Viki To Launch In Japan, 5 Months After Acquisition By Rakuten (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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