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CRUNCHYROLL ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF APP ON PANASONIC VIERA CONNECTTM TV PLATFORM

 

New app will deliver the most comprehensive Anime and Asian TV streaming experience to Panasonic VIERA Connect

 

San Francisco, Calif. – February 21, 2013 – Crunchyroll, Inc., the leading Anime and Asian drama streaming service announced today the launch of its own branded application on the Panasonic VIERA ConnectTM Smart VIERA TV platform.

 

The Crunchyroll application will be available on Panasonic VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs worldwide (excluding Japan) giving Panasonic VIERA Connect TV viewers access to Crunchyroll’s catalog of more than 20,000 episodes1.

 

VIERA Connect is Panasonic’s connected TV platform which enables owners of VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems access to a wide range of internet-based video-on-demand content and applications covering everything from news and fitness, social networking, music and online shopping and gaming.  VIERA Connect requires no external box or PC2 and is accessed via a single button on the television remote control.  For information on Panasonic’s VIERA ConnectTM Smart TV platform visit www.panasonic.com.

 

Crunchyroll premium members will be able to enjoy the latest Anime shows in HD with English subtitles within 1 hour of their original Japanese TV broadcast, including hits like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, HUNTER x HUNTER, SPACE BROTHERS, and SWORD ART ONLINE, as well as their favorites from the massive Crunchyroll catalog, without advertisements.

 

“We are thrilled to bring our service to one of the largest audiences for connected TVs,” said Crunchyroll CEO and Founder Kun Gao “The Panasonic VIERA Connect platform has been a joy to work with to bring the kind of experience we want to Anime and Asian content fans worldwide.”

 

“Through our VIERA Connect platform, we have been able to re-define and significantly expand the power of the TV in your home,” said Merwan Mereby, Panasonic’s Vice President of Interactive Content & Services.  “When we debuted VIERA Connect in 2008, it offered simple access to a sampling of popular content sites.  In 2013, VIERA Connect transforms our Smart VIERA HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players into the centerpiece of the consumer’s connected world with access to a seemingly endless menu of content.  The addition of Crunchyroll adds another dimension of unqiue and exciting content to our ever-expanding range of video offerings.”

 

Crunchyroll premium members have access to the largest Anime selection, same-day access for simulcast titles, are not subject for advertisement consumption, and can be viewed in 480p-to-1080p quality on selected titles.

 

More information about the Crunchyroll membership plan can be found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/freetrial

 

About Crunchyroll, Inc.

Crunchyroll is a leading global video network and developer of social media applications for Japanese anime and Asian media. Through applications like Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Playstation®3, Xbox LIVE®, TV, set-top boxes, affiliate websites and its own streaming website, Crunchyroll delivers over 20,000 episodes and 10,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers direct to consumers.

Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan, 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 http://www.crunchyroll.com.

 

1.        There is no fee to use the VIERA Connect functionality however some services have a separate fee    structure to view movies and sports events and certain apps available via VIERA Connect Market require an additional fee.

2.        Access to a broadband Internet connection is required to access VIERA Connect features.

 

Editorial Contacts:

Juliet Travis (Travis PR for Crunchyroll)                      510-285-6087    juliet@travispr.com

Chris DeMaria (Panasonic)                                          201-348-7182    christopher.demaria@us.panasonic.com

 

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