Popular anime service Crunchyroll is set to become a Prime Video Channel on Amazon starting today in the U.S. and rolling out this week and into 2024 in international territories.
Both companies have announced a global distribution agreement allowing Amazon to offer Crunchyroll as an optional add-on service amidst its Prime Video Channels.
Crunchyroll boasts the world’s largest streaming library of anime spreading across 24,000 hours, 46,000 episodes, and more than 1,300 series and films.
The service joins the likes of Max, Paramount+, Starz, AMC+, Britbox, MGM+, Acorn, Cinemax and more who also offer Prime Video Channels.
There are several benefits to accessing the SVOD service this way as opposed to a standalone subscription with billing via Amazon and watching shows directly inside the Prime Video app.
More importantly, content is now accessed via Amazon’s faster servers and handled by the Prime Video app which is notably quicker and less buggy than the apps for most smaller SVOD services.
Those who have issues with the interface and loading of a standalone app such as Paramount+ for example tend to have more success accessing it as a ‘channel’ through services like Prime Video Channels or Apple TV Channels (the latter is not getting Crunchyroll).
The subscription will allow you to choose between ‘Fan’ and ‘Mega Fan’ subscriptions, both of which allow customers to stream the entire Crunchyroll library ad-free while enjoying new episodes shortly after release in Japan.
Mega Fan includes perks like offline downloads and ‘additional non-video benefits to be added shortly’. The Fan tier costs $7.99, the same as a standalone subscription.
Source: The Verge