Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a new one Crunchyroll Beta website. The beta is currently available to 20% of its premium members, but will eventually be available to all US subscribers and free users. The company will reveal details about the international release of the beta version in the future. Eligible first-class users can join Crunchyroll Beta through title images or pop-ups that appear on the service̵
IN Crunchyroll Beta, the homepage of the website will have a new user interface in which users can receive personalized recommendations and easily navigate to their watchlist or redesigned pages of the show. The beta will also include improved search capabilities and the ability to filter between genres, new and popular anime, and subtitled and dubbed series. Users will also be able to create unique usernames and choose from a library of avatars and images from different series.
Crunchyroll Beta will also include the new Crunchylists feature, which allows users to create their own selected collection of titles. Users can add any series or select episodes of the service from their list and organize it as they prefer.
Crunchyroll surpassed over four million subscribers and over 100 million registered users in February.
Crunchyroll launched in 2006 as a streaming service offering anime titles without permission. The website provided $ 4.05 million in its initial funding from Venrock and began licensing streaming titles in 2008.
The Chernin Group acquired a majority stake in Crunchyroll in December 2013, Chernin Group and AT&T formed the Otter Media joint venture in 2014, and Otter Media invested another $ 22 million in Crunchyrollparent company Ellation in November 2015. AT&T then announced in August 2018 that it had acquired all of Otter Media.
The service reached more than one million subscribers in February 2017, more than two million subscribers in October 2018 and over three million subscribers in July 2020.
Crunchyroll and See Media Europe complete the deal for Crunchyroll to become the majority owner of See Media Europe Group in December 2019. The companies announced the agreement in September 2019. See Media Europe SAS (Société par Action Simplifiées or Simplified Joint Stock Company) announced in April 2020 that it was changing its name to Crunchyroll SAS.
The streaming service announced in December that Sony‘s Fun Global Group will acquire Crunchyroll from AT&T. Sony announced that the purchase price is 1.175 billion USD, which must be paid in cash at closing
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