Funimation is working on an Android TV App for Funimation Now

Let’s face it, Anime is king. People love it. People also love CrunchyRoll which has already had an established Android TV app as well as a chromecast feature in their mobile app.
Funimation has a chromecast feature, but no Android TV App. That’s soon to change, as reports from Funimation’s forums state that they are working on an Android TV App.

From their Administrator on their forum thread:

Sophie

It’s official. We’re building an app for Android TV. 😀 No ETA, of course.

We haven’t heard anything new since then however. I’ve reached out to see if we could get an update on the progress.

Funimation is a leading provider of both Subbed and especially Dubbed Anime. If you watch anime, you certainly know who Funimation is. From their humble beginnings dubbing Dragonball and Dragonball Z to the powerhouse anime exporter they are now, Funimation has always been a go to name for good anime and good dubs. Their Funimation Now platform is similar to Crunchyroll in that it allows you to stream anime wherever and whenever you want. Unlike Crunchyroll, they mostly stream their dubbed video, and have now created “Simul-Dubs” where new anime is dubbed almost two weeks after an episode is released and streamed on their service, Funimation Now.

Source: Funimation Forums

  • This is interesting as Funimation and Crunchyroll just recently partnered to move all subs to Crunchyroll and all dubs to Funimation plus share tech resources so maybe they are basically using Crunchyroll’s Android TV code for this new app?

    • Kevin Brosseau

      Not sure what’s happening. There’s also this like, service called vrv which has content from both and yet is separate from the two. I thought it was a bundled deal where you got login for Crunchyroll and Funimation, but that appears to not be the case. There’s a chance that Funimation will use Crunchyrolls code, which wouldn’t be a bad thing, but I find the Crunchyroll Android TV login stuff to be a bit irritating when you have to keep relaunching the app.

      • About VRV, VRV is owned by Crunchyroll but is a content aggregator (think Hulu) for many content providers (among others including Funimation, Geek and Sundry, Seeso, etc.) on the site. Basically think of it like how you can buy HBO Now separate from a cable service OR buy HBO as part of your cable or OTT provider (like Sling). You can buy all 13 services the support separately or buy all of them together for less.

        So yes it’s a Bundle deal like you said but you watch through VRV, not get logins for each site.

        The Crunchyroll/Funimation thing is a completely different story though. VRV is merely distributing others content in one place, the deal between the two services is to keep the two separate but share resources including code, marketing, etc. So a good example here is Bing and Yahoo, both are entirely different sites with different audiences and UI but they have a deal where Bing powers the Yahoo search backend while Yahoo does some things for Bing like ads. Two separate competing sites being better by sharing some things.