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Funimation to Launch New Anime Streaming Service

Funimation is starting the new year off with some big changes, including a rebranding that gives the anime distributor a fresh look. The big news, though, comes in the form of the new FunimationNow streaming service, which will bring ad-free, HD streaming of Funimation’s library to subscribers on a variety of devices and platforms

Funimation teamed up with Sony to leverage their Ven.ue platform. They highlighted some of their 400+ simulcast and catalog offerings in the press release, including Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Tokyo Ghoul, Space Dandy, and more.

The rollout for FunimationNow will begin in February along with completely redesigned apps for iOS, Android, and Kindle, as well as new apps for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. The apps will all have Airplay and Cast features, and a Windows 10 Universal app is also due out in February. 

A fully re-imagined Funimation website and new integrated experiences on Funimation gaming console apps will follow in May. 

Here’s more from Funimation on the benefits of working with Ven.ue:

“Ven.ue was designed to power the next generation of consumer experiences, unifying social engagement, commerce and video streaming into a single destination,” said Andy Shenkler, Sony’s Chief Solutions and Technology Officer.  “We are delighted that Funimation shares our vision of compelling next-gen experiences, and we look forward to enriching fans’ enjoyment of anime everywhere.”

“FunimationNow will be powered to support tens of millions of concurrent streams globally,” said Rahul Purini, Chief Technology Officer at Funimation. “And with support for Ultra 4k and 10 Mbps streams, Funimation is a true leader in anime entertainment.”