Crunchyroll Launches Simulcast Service in France
San Francisco, Calif. (October 2, 2013) – Crunchyroll, Inc., the leading anime and Asian content streaming service announces the official launch of its streaming service in France. This marks the first time that Crunchyroll is providing its service directly to consumers in France with French language support.
For initial launch, at least 14 new simulcast Anime titles will be made available with French subtitles to the French speaking audience within minutes of Japan TV broadcast. These simulcast titles consist of to-be-announced titles as well as the following previously announced titles: DIABOLIK LOVERS, SHIRIKAJIRI MUSHI, MISS MONOCHROME, WALKURE ROMANZE. Additional simulcast titles will be announced on www.crunchyroll.fr within the coming week.
For the first time, episodes with French subtitles will be available on Crunchyroll for free with ad-supported streaming one week after Japan TV broadcast. Crunchyroll premium members will enjoy immediate access to simulcast episodes, access to all available catalog episodes, and additional privileges such as 1080p HD video streaming and no ads for less than €5 per month. Viewers will be able to watch on a multitude of mobile, console and connected devices, in addition to streaming on www.crunchyroll.fr. The site will also offer the latest anime news in French similar to Crunchyroll's English, Spanish, and Portuguese news services
France, as a country, is home to many fans of anime and Asian pop culture. The annual Japan Expo is the largest convention of its kind outside Asia and boasted attendance of over 219,614 certified attendees in 2012. “We are thrilled to now have the opportunity to provide licensed anime and the latest simulcasts directly to anime fans in France,” said Brady McCollum, COO, Crunchyroll. “With last year's launches of our service in Latin America, Brazil, and Iberia, Crunchyroll continues to globalize Asian content with viewers from over 216 countries and paying subscribers from 161 countries.”
For more information, visit www.crunchyroll.fr.
About Crunchyroll, Inc.
Crunchyroll is a leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, PlayStation®3, Xbox LIVE®, Apple TV ®, Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers direct to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast.
Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and Licensing International Merchandisers' Association (LIMA). Officially launched in 2009, Crunchyroll is funded by leading venture capital firm, Venrock, Japanese entertainment giant TV TOKYO, digital publishing leader Bitway and a group of angel investors representing some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com.
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