June 14, 2019
  • Rakuten, Inc.

Rakuten Cup to Live Stream on Rakuten TV and Rakuten Sports

WOWOW to broadcast matches live on television in Japan

Tokyo, June 14, 2019 - Rakuten, Inc. today announced that the "Rakuten Cup Supported by SCALP-D” (Rakuten Cup) international club soccer tournament to be held in Japan in July will be streamed live on Rakuten’s video streaming services "Rakuten TV" in Japan and on "Rakuten Sports" overseas.

The Rakuten Cup will include a match between Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona and English Premier League club Chelsea FC on Tuesday, July 23 at Saitama Stadium 2002, and between J.League J1 club Vissel Kobe and FC Barcelona on Saturday, July 27 at Noevir Stadium Kobe.

The two matches will be streamed live on Rakuten TV in Japan and on Rakuten Sports for overseas viewers*1. Fans will not only have the chance to enjoy a match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC, two of the world's top football clubs, but also the highly anticipated match between Vissel Kobe and FC Barcelona, which aims to pitch Andrés Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper against their former Barça teammates.

In addition, both matches will also be broadcast live on TV in Japan by WOWOW.

*1 Rakuten TV is planning to stream the matches to countries and regions around the world excluding China, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The stream of the matches will be delayed in some regions, and may be provided through the platforms of partner companies of Rakuten. The plans for streaming the matches may change in the future.

 Overview of Rakuten Cup video streaming and broadcast
Broadcast date/content:
・July 23 (Tuesday) 19:30 (kick-off): FC Barcelona versus Chelsea FC
・July 27 (Saturday) 18:00 (kick-off): Vissel Kobe versus FC Barcelona
Distribution/broadcasting service:
Rakuten TV (for viewers in Japan):
・Internet live streaming and video on demand (pay-to-view service)
・URL: https://tv.rakuten.co.jp/
Rakuten Sports (for overseas viewers):
・Internet live streaming and video on demand (free service)
・URL: https://sports.rakuten.com/
WOWOW (TV broadcast): BS broadcast for subscribers (pay-to-view service)
・FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea FC broadcast starts at 19:00 on July 23 on WOWOW Live
・Vissel Kobe vs. FC Barcelona broadcast starts at 17:30 on July 27 on WOWOW Prime

About Rakuten TV
URL: https://tv.rakuten.co.jp
Service overview: A live streaming and video on demand service provided by Rakuten offering users in Japan approximately 18,000 pieces of content covering sports, such as NBA basketball and Pacific League Japanese pro baseball, movies, dramas, animations and stage shows.
Compatible devices: Information on compatible devices can be found on the Rakuten TV website (https://tv.rakuten.co.jp/static/guide/device)

About Rakuten Sports
URL: https://sports.rakuten.com
Service launch date: June 11, 2019
Service overview: A live streaming and video on demand sports entertainment platform provided by Rakuten delivering sports content to a global audience.
Distributed content: Meiji Yasuda J1 League 2019 season live broadcast and on-demand distribution (available in more than 140 countries and regions, 3 matches per round), Iniesta TV, etc.
Compatible devices: Smart TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets and devices that are able to connect to the internet.
Supported languages: English

*Please note that the information contained in press releases is current as of the date of release.

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