Anime fans now have a new way to stream their favorite shows: Funimation Entertainment announced that it redesigned its mobile apps, which will offer access to most of its anime series and films.
Subscribers to the FunimationNow service will get to watch Attack on Titan, Dragon Ball Z, Fairy Tale and Cowboy Bebop on their smartphones and tablets. This includes devices running iOS, Android and Windows 10, as well as Kindle. Paid subscriptions get fans unlimited ad-free streaming in HD with access to Funimation's vast library of anime series and movies, both old and new.
"The introduction of the FunimationNow all-new mobile apps is our way of giving our loyal fans what they have always wanted and deserve - a high-quality, immersive, and seamless experience," Funimation's Chief Operating Officer Mike DuBoise said in a press release. "Now featuring AirPlay and Chromecast support, episode sync across devices and marathoning, among other great enhancements, we made sure to load our mobile experience with the features our fans have been asking for."
Although FunimationNow does have a free subscription plan, which will include video ads and a limited library, those who pay $4.99 per month get all subtitled anime (including simulcasts), unlimited streaming and an ad-free HD experience. For just $2 more, fans also get access to all English-dubbed anime, access to episodes dubbed just weeks after their premieres in Japan and "exclusive video extras."
Anime fans wanting to check out FunimationNow can now download it on iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 10. Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV versions will arrive soon, with Roku and game consoles - PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 - getting the new app in May.
Funimation's website will also get a redesign to allow anime fans to watch series on their laptops and PCs.
"The mobile launch of FunimationNow marks the unfolding of a new chapter for Funimation Entertainment, who has long been known as the industry leader in North American anime Blu-ray and DVD sales year after year," wrote Funimation in its press release. "FunimationNow represents the next generation in subscription streaming services, which, when fully launched by summer 2016, will unify social engagement, e-commerce and video streaming into a single destination for fans, delivering a fully immersive and seamless experience."