Speaker Profile MIPCOM

Jacinto Roca

Job TitleCEO

Company NameRakuten TV


Jacinto Roca (Barcelona, Gavà, 1976) is a Spanish entrepreneur and cofounder of video-on-demand platform Wuaki.tv (2009) and currently CEO of Rakuten TV (2012). Roca graduated at ESADE Business & Law School and at PIM International Management UCLA. He started his career in 1999 as a telecom Strategic consultant at Diamond Cluster, and in 2005 he founded the company SouthWing, working as a VP of Sales & Marketing. While Roca was living and working in the USA, he noticed that entertainment consumption was changing and believed that the future of content distribution could be disrupted by internet-enabled TVs. With this vision he founded Wuaki.tv in 2009, the first Smart TV native video-on-demand platform in Spain, long before these connected devices entered most homes in Europe. Roca has always believed in the disruption of the entertainment industry, as a revolution of both technological platforms for video-on-demand content, and in movie consumption habits, changing the timings of the industry and working closely with Hollywood studios to shorten theatrical release windows. In 2012, connected by a deep belief in the value of empowerment, Wuaki.tv became part of Rakuten, the Japanese internet giant led by Hiroshi Mikitani. In July 2017 the company rebranded from Wuaki.tv to Rakuten TV, led by Roca as CEO. In March 2019, Rakuten TV announced its expansion to 42 countries in Europe, tripling its presence in Europe.


About the company:

Rakuten TV – “Your cinema at home” Rakuten TV is one of the leading Video-On-Demand platforms in Europe providing the latest movie releases with the latest technology in a true cinematic experience available on Smart TVs. Rakuten TV is available in 42 countries and forms part of the Internet and e-commerce Japanese Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s leading internet services companies, offering a wide variety of services for consumers and businesses, with a focus on e- commerce, fintech and digital content. Rakuten sponsors FC Barcelona, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Davis Cup and Spartan Race, amongst others.

Conference Sessions


    15-10-2019, 09:45 - 10:15, Auditorium A, Palais 3

    In the age of cord cutting, AVoD offers consumers a financially attractive alternative to the subscription overload. While the SVOD and AVOD dividing lines are ...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Date
        Tue, Oct 15
      2. Event Theme MIPCOM / MIPJunior
        D2C Tech
      3. Event Type MIPCOM / MIPJunior
        Panel Discussion