San Francisco, Calif. (Mar. 31, 2015) – Crunchyroll, Inc., the leading global digital distributor for Asian content online, announces today that it has renewed its exclusive simulcast streaming partnership with Japan’s TV TOKYO for the globally popular Naruto Shippuden Anime.
As part of this simulcast partnership, Crunchyroll members globally will have access to the newest episodes of Naruto Shippuden direct from Japan with no ads for an exclusive 7-day period immediately following Japan TV broadcast. In addition to the exclusive true simulcast, Crunchyroll will continue to offer viewers all previous episodes of Naruto Shippuden as part of its catalog worldwide.
“Naruto Shippuden is one of the cornerstones of the Anime experience that we offer our viewers,” says Kun Gao, Co-Founder and CEO of Crunchyroll. “Six years ago, Crunchyroll and TV TOKYO pioneered simulcast of Anime immediately following Japanese TV broadcast. We are thrilled to partner with TV TOKYO in continuing to premiere Naruto Shippuden exclusively on Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll is the best and only place for fans globally to watch Naruto Shippuden simulcasts, in multiple subtitled languages, with ubiquitous device access, and in HD quality.”
“Crunchyroll has been a founding partner in bringing Naruto Shippuden to fans online around the world,” says Yukio Kawasaki, General Manager, Animation Division of TV TOKYO. “Together, TV TOKYO and Crunchyroll have built a new way for the Anime industry to reach fans and customers globally, and we are excited to continue growing the partnership.”
To watch Naruto Shippuden, visit www.crunchyroll.com/naruto-shippuden or download the free Crunchyroll App for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows Phone, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®Vita, Xbox LIVE® on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, Nintendo Wii U, Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, and more.
Crunchyroll Naruto Shippuden simulcast details:
Territory: Worldwide (except Japan)
Simulcast: Immediately following Japan TV broadcast
Exclusivity*: 7-day exclusivity for the newest episodes
Subtitle languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and more languages TBA
*In the US, co-exclusive with Hulu Plus Paid Subscription Service
Crunchyroll Naruto Shippuden catalog details:
Territory: Worldwide (except Japan)
Subtitle languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, and more languages TBA
About Crunchyroll, Inc.
Crunchyroll is the official destination for the largest and latest lineup of Anime as well as popular drama and Manga. Crunchyroll brings hit shows like Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan, and One Piece to millions of viewers around the world and allows them to purchase related merchandise through its online store. Through its app on game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile devices and more, Crunchyroll delivers content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a premium offering that allows users to watch ad-free with access to simulcasts—top series available immediately after Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll’s majority investor is Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group. Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tokyo, and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA).
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