The streamer, which recently passed three million paying subscribers and has over 70 million registered users, has added two new tiers in addition to the pre-existing free and £6.50/US$8 per month ‘fan’ option.
The two new tiers are dubbed Mega Fan and Ultimate Fan – though Crunchyroll has confirmed to Digital TV Europe that this is only available in the US.
Costing £7.99/US$10 per month, Mega Fan offers the same features as the Fan tier (ad-free viewing, day-and-date releases and access to an extensive manga library), but adds access to four concurrent streams and offline viewing.
The Mega Fan offer is also available in the UK as a one-off annual payment of £79.99. This represents a discount of 16%.
The US-only Ultimate Fan package is an extra US$5 per month, and bumps the number of concurrent streams up to six. In addition, subscribers to the niche streamer will have exclusive access to merchandise and US$25 off a US$100 Crunchyroll Store purchase each quarter.
The announcement comes at a time when parent company AT&T is reportedly trying to sell the service to Sony, which owns rival anime streamer Funimation.
AT&T currently has US$151 billion in debt and is looking to alleviate a small amount of that with a US$1.5 billion sale, though it is understood that this is far more than Sony would consider paying.
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