FunimationNow Launches Thursday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On its Facebook page, FunimationNow has confirmed its launch date as Thursday April 7.
Most of its catalogue series will be available at launch. FunimationNow will also be simulcasting the following spring series: My Hero Academia, Assassination Classroom Season 2, Endride, Concrete Revolutio Season 2, Rainbow Days, Three Colors, Three Leaves and HaiFuri.
The site will be usable on mobile phones and tablets at launch, with various apps to follow - see below.
In a separate message, Funimation added:
"We want to give you the opportunity to get an inside look at what we're doing, which is why we're going to give you a sneak peek at the beta version of our site. [On facebook, Funimation clarified that the 'beta' version is the version that will launch on April 7.] We'd love for you to share your feedback and suggestions with us so we can incorporate those in future updates. Because of this unexpected delay, you'll also be able to check out the site and all of our shows, FREE of charge, for a full 30 days once the site goes live.
"Check the link below or our Facebook page at Facebook.com/funimation for FAQs and updates, and look for additional information next week regarding the details of the beta site launch and how to share your feedback.'
"While the site is not quite ready today, the good news is that it's coming on Thursday. In addition, you'll still be able to watch and participate in the My Hero Academia Live Stream Event on Sunday, April 3 at 6 am GMT and begin watching the full season as soon as the service launches. For more information about the event, click here."
The full message at FunimationNow's facebook page reades:
1. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE SITE THAT'S CAUSING THE DELAY?
We are building a completely new FunimationNow streaming site that utilizes new technology and platforms that will be more reliable, interactive and user-friendly long term. We wanted to start the FunimationNow journey with the UK instead of launching with our current platform and converting later.
2. WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL DATE LAUNCH DATE?
Thursday, April 7, 2016
3. WHAT CONTENT WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE SITE AT LAUNCH?
Winter and Spring 2016 Simulcast shows
Majority of Catalog Content (if not available at launch, all shows that we have UK/IE rights to will be available shortly thereafter)
4. WHAT SHOWS DOES FUNIMATION HAVE FOR SPRING SIMULCAST IN THE UK?
My Hero Academia; Assassination Classroom Season 2; Endride; Concrete Revolutio Season 2; Rainbow Days; Three Colors, Three Leaves; HaiFuri
5. WHAT FUNCTIONALITY WILL THE SITE HAVE AT LAUNCH?
Fully responsive website will allow you to experience our site on mobile phones and tablets easily; Advanced Search that will allow you to conveniently find and filter shows; +/- 10 second skip; Queue Sync; Marathoning ; Ability for fans to review, rate and comment on shows
6. WHAT FUNCTIONALITY WILL THE SITE NOT HAVE AT LAUNCH?
PayPal as payment option [On the Facebook page, Funimation added, 'PayPal won't be far behind the initial launch of the platform as we know it's important for many people as way of subscribing. We'll have an update on that asap.']; Forums
7. Where and how can I watch the Live Stream event for My Hero Academia?
8. WHERE AND HOW CAN I WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE OF MY HERO ACADEMIA?
My Hero Academia episode 1 will be available as soon as the site launches on April 7.
9. WHEN/WHERE/HOW CAN I WATCH THE SPRING SIMULCAST SHOWS? WHEN WILL THEY START LAUNCHING?
Spring Simulcast shows will be available on FunimationNow.uk beginning April 7
10. DO YOU HAVE APPS FOR…
iOS, Android, Windows 10, Amazon Kindle Fire – yes, coming soon
PS3/PS4, PS Vita, Xbox 360/Xbox One, WiiU, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV – Coming later this year