Will You Be Changing Your Anime Provider In 2016?
Just about every American fan of anime and animation has heard of FUNimation, the company that owns the licenses for the American releases for many popular and critically acclaimed anime. Well, they appear to be making their next big move in adopting to the modern era – by moving into the Streaming game.
The anime streaming market can be a crowded one, though, and many fans have already become loyal to their favorites, such as Crunchyroll. However, if anyone has a chance of breaking into the market in a big way, it’s probably FUNimation, as they have the funds and an already established reputation in the anime community.
So, will you be checking out what FUNimation’s new service is able to offer? Read the details in the articles after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
North American anime distributor FUNimation has partnered with Sony to produce their very own subscription-based streaming service.
Called FUNimationNow, the service will utilize Sony’s Ven.ue platform to offer ad-free HD streaming of many different anime series, including Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan, FairyTail, and One Piece, among others.Visit the official website to learn more.
The service is expected to roll out beginning in February 2016. Paid subscription plans are offered for either $4.95 or $7.95/mo, with different features associated with each. Those interested in signing up can start a free trial of the service when it officially debuts.
Funimation Entertainment, home to a library of anime content, is jumping in the streaming-service game.
The launch of the streaming service marks a new chapter for Funimation, which has long been known as the leader in North American anime DVD sales. Last year, Funimation racked up 4 billion unique engagements across its digital, physical and other immersive channels. With FunimationNow, the company is hoping to cater to its booming anime fanbase.
“We’ve been dealing directly with millions of fans for almost 20 years and we think FunimationNow is an incredible way of putting a whole new experience together for our anime fan base,” Mike Duboise, COO of Funimation, told Mashable in a phone interview. “It was important to our fans to have this, they wanted us to be in the streaming space.”
Sony DADC New Media Solutions partnered with Funimation, giving the company access to its Ven.ue platform. This will allow subscribers to view programming integrated across multiple screens, platforms and channels.