Come April 2 Funimation goes in the direction of sleep. Earlier in the week, Sony revealed that it would be removing Funimation's app and website in order to unify the two. that and Crunchyroll…something the company first revealed in 2022.
When Funimation was integrated into Crunchy roll in 2021, subscribers could benefit from both services, and Crunchyroll often rotated Funimation works in and out of its catalog. Those days will soon be over, which means Funimation owners will need to migrate their account to Crunchyroll (or, if the two accounts share an email, sync them together) in order to still be able to access the anime they're watching /were looking.
Regardless, this comes at a cost for Funi subscriptions: Crunchyroll does not support the digital copies that come in physical editions of Funimation media, meaning they have no way to watch the digital version of a DVD or Blu-Ray they purchased. Four years ago, Funimation said digital copies could be kept “forever“, but Crunchyroll does not currently support digital copies of this platform. There is no indication when (or if) this will change, with Crunchyroll saying that it is “continuously working to improve our content offerings and bring you an exceptional anime streaming experience.”
This all sucks in itself, but users switching from Funimation to Crunchyroll will have to pay the latter's subscription fee. This means a user may have to pay $10/month in April (Funimation was $6/month) or $100/year (was $60/year), depending on their payment plan. In its blog, Crunchyroll states that the new fees “will be reflected in your next billing cycle through Crunchyroll or through your third-party access platform to your current payment method on file.”
More information on Funimation's shutdown and what to do before (or after) the Crunchyroll migration can be read. here.
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