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HIDIVE, MyAnimeList Website Announce Partnership

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MAL integrates content ratings with HIDIVE; will launch embedded HIDIVE video player later in 2019

HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it has formed a partnership with the MyAnimeList website. The first feature of this partnership includes featuring MyAnimeList's content ratings on HIDIVE's streaming platforms. MyAnimeList will additionally get an embedded HIDIVE video player to show a curated selection of HIDIVE programming. MyAnimeList's rating system became available on HIDIVE on Wednesday. HIDIVE's embedded video player will launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.

MyAnimeList launched in 2005, and DeNA purchased the site in 2015. Media Do Holdings later acquired the site in January.

The site opened a digital manga store in partnership with Viz Media and Kodansha Comics in March 2018. DeNA previously partnered with Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ) to stream anime on MyAnimeList by embedding videos from ACJ's now-defunct Daisuki streaming service. MyAnimeList later added anime embedded from Hulu and Crunchyroll.

The HIDIVE streaming service launched in June 2017 after acquiring assets previously held by Anime Network Online. The service has primarily streamed titles — including simulcasts and seasonal dubs — that Section23 Films and its subsidiaries have licensed. The service also has some works that are streaming exclusives, such as the live-action Lone Wolf and Cub series. Sentai Filmworks president and CEO John Ledford is also the founder and CEO of HIDIVE.

Update: Added information clarifying Media Do Holdings' acquisition of MyAnimeList in January 2019.

Source: Press release via Anime Herald


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