One of the most significant license buyer of anime in the states is Funimation. They’ve an online streaming service in FunimationNow which just released a mobile version to support smartphones and tablets; iOS, Android, Kindle and even Windows 10 devices.
There’s a three tier model;
- Free – limited library with ads
- Subpass ($4.99 a month) – all subtitled anime, unlimited streaming, ad-free in HD
- All-Access ($7.99) – all subtitled and English dubbed anime, unlimited streaming, Funimation dubbed episodes that trail only a week behind Japan, ad-free HD and extras
It’s worth considering what the implications for the likes of Crunchyroll might be as and when Funimation and other license holders step up their own native streaming abilities.
But what of the delayed FunimationNow UK launch? Originally planned for February the FunimationNow.UK site is behind schedule and while there’s no further comment (we asked) on the launch in the UK after the mobile upgrade, the UK site is promising March.