Polygon is reporting that Amazon and Crunchyroll are working on allowing their subscribers to view anime offline. Both services will allow anime episodes to be download and cached for offline viewing, which will help customers with strict data plans and allow for anime viewing in nearly any situation, provided you downloaded ahead of time!
Amazon was the first streaming service to offer offline viewing of their content when they brought the feature Prime and Videos. The feature has now been implemented into Anime Strike, Amazon’s dedicated anime streaming channel, but you need a subscription to Prime before getting access to Anime Strike.
Shortly after Polygon’s report went live, a Crunchyroll representative revealed to Polygon that they are working on bringing offline viewing sometime this year. They commented, “Our breadth of titles and relationships within the anime industry can’t be beat. We know offline streaming is important to our viewers, and we’re working to this feature to the platform in 2017 so that fans can keep up with their favorite shows wherever they are.”
Once Crunchyroll’s feature is live, they will join Amazon and Netflix as the online legal streaming that allows offline viewing of anime content.