Funimation expands in Lat Am

Sony-owned anime streamer Funimation has further expanded into Latin America, launching in Colombia, Chile and Peru yesterday. Arriving with a web-only preview, the full SVOD service will roll out next month on various apps, smart TV platforms and gaming consoles, including Android, iOS, Roku, PlayStation and Xbox. The new launches follow Funimation’s arrival in Mexico […]

SPT’s FunimationNow joins Amazon’s UK channels line-up

Sony Pictures Television’s anime service, FunimationNow, has joined the Amazon Prime Video Channels line-up in the UK. The rollout marks SPT’s first service launch on Prime Video in the UK and FunimationNow joins Amazon’s roster of more than 70 channels that are available as individual subscriptions for Prime subscribers. FunimationNow is priced at £4.99 per […]

Crunchyroll partners with NBCU Japan on ‘international anime’

Anime video-on-demand service Crunchyroll has partnered with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan (NUEJ) to co-develop new content with “international appeal”. The companies will work together to produce a range of anime titles based on existing content, as well as new projects designed to make “anime more accessible to a global audience”. “Crunchyroll and NUEJ share a passion […]

Amazon launches subscription anime channel

Amazon has launched a subscription anime channel as part of its US Amazon Channels line-up. Anime Strike by Amazon Channels is available for US$4.99 (€4.70) per-month and promises manga classics, exclusives from Japan and new episodes each week. According to a Variety report, Anime Strike is Amazon’s first branded subscription channel and the e-retail giant […]

US anime OTT service set for UK

A new US anime-focused subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, is launching next month the UK. Redesigned mobile, tablet, Apple TV, Windows 10 Universal and Amazon Fire TV apps will allow users to stream anime content subtitled and dubbed in English ad free. FunimationNow’s US-based parent, Funimation Entertainment, is currently offering 30-day free trials, though the service […]

Netflix takes global anime rights

Netflix has picked up SVOD rights to upcoming anime series AJIN: Demi–Human and it will launch on its Japanese service three days after its linear TV debut. The US-listed streaming service has taken global rights to the show and it will play on its international services outside of Japan from mid-2016. In Japan, the series will debut […]

Switzerland-based Viewster opens LA office

Switzerland-based video streaming service Viewster has opened an office in Los Angeles and appointed former Bandai Namco Games executive, Rob Pereyda, to lead its North American efforts. Pereyda becomes chief strategy officer and CEO of Viewster’s US subsidiary. He will lead global strategy and develop the North American market for Viewster, which aims to launch […]

SPT to launch UK SVoD version of Animax channel

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks is set to launch a UK version of its anime channel, Animax, as a subscription video-on-demand service.  Due to launch online this autumn at, Sony said the service is then expected to soon roll out on more platforms and devices. SPT Networks UK has signed a multi-year deal with […]