Crunchyroll abandons older Apple products in a conquering market
While continuing to buy other companies and expand its empire, Crunchyroll announced its decision to drop support for older Apple products. As anime fans who have been following the news know, Crunchyroll has been working hard to capture the Japanese anime market. It all started with the purchase of one of the company’s main competitors, Funimation. Then it expanded to the acquisition of Right Stuf.
As Crunchyroll continues its takeover of the anime market, they just made it a little harder for subscribers with older Apple devices to use their service.
Crunchyroll abandons old Apple products and conquers the anime market
Mac 9 to 5 reports that users of older Apple products have about a month to find another way to stream their favorite shows. When exactly will support be removed and which older Apple products will be removed exactly?
September 15, 2022 is the day the Crunchyroll app will no longer be supported on several older Apple devices. This includes any Apple device that is not capable of running the latest version of tvOS (which is version 15.6). Here is a brief overview of Apple devices that will no longer support Crunchyroll:
- Apple TV (1st Generation – Model Number: A1218)
- Apple TV (2nd Generation – Model Number: A1378)
- Apple TV (3rd generation – Model number: A1427 and A1469)
Luckily, that means Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD owners will still be able to use the Crunchyroll app to stream their favorite anime shows. However, the company wants subscribers to know that doesn’t mean they have to throw away their old Apple TVs and get an upgrade. Subscribers still have the option of using their iPad or iPhone to stream directly to their TV.
Additionally, Crunchyroll subscribers also have the option to completely bypass the app and just browse directly to the website.
What company will they go next?
Next to Funimation, HIDIVE could be a streaming service that Crunchyroll is targeting next. HIDIVE is an extremely cheap option to stream your favorite anime shows. Seeing this as competition, the company might try to buy HIDIVE just to control it or take it out of the anime market.
Streaming giant Crunchyroll has acquired Right Stuf, one of North America’s largest anime retailers. All RightStufAnime adult-only products and orders will be moved to a different store upon acquisition. https://t.co/xxm7UAa8jh
— Siliconera (@siliconera) August 7, 2022
On Twitter, anime fans aren’t happy with Right Stuf’s recent acquisition as almost immediate after-action action included the removal of all hentai (18+ mature content). Many anime fans fear that hentai content will cease to exist if Crunchyroll continues to dominate the anime market.
Are you going to have any issues streaming your favorite anime next month?