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Crunchyroll Launches Free 24/7 Anime Channel

 TV has changed forever, and it seems that most viewers have moved on from linear broadcasting to on-demand streaming. But a section of the streaming market has decided to keep it old school and run as linear, ad-supported channels. The latest player to enter this corner of the market is Crunchyroll. The anime streaming site is launching a free 24/7 stream, giving audiences a new (but somehow old) way to sample some of the best that the world's biggest anime streaming destination can offer.

The Crunchyroll Channel is initially coming to Amazon Freevee (October 17), LG Channels (October 11), The Roku Channel (October 11), and VIZIO WatchFree+ (October 11). Titles coming at launch will include Horimiya, Ranking of Kings, Moriarty the Patriot, PSYCHO–PASS, Arifureta, Sugar Apple Fairytale, To Your Eternity and Code Geass. New and Premium content will continue to be available via Crunchyroll's streaming service.

The network will carry anime dubbed in English. Programming blocks dedicated to genres, themes and promotions will air to allow viewers to sample the wide variety of anime being produced in Japan.

"The Crunchyroll channel is a gateway to the world of anime where we will guide viewers to discover new worlds, new stories and new characters," said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll. "And thanks to our distribution partners at launch, millions of fans have easy access to the medium that is taking the world by storm!"

This isn't the first streaming channel dedicated to anime- one has been available on Pluto TV for some time. But this feels the biggest and most high profile. And for those who prefer to consume their TV this way, or are curious about Crunchyroll this might be just the ticket.

The channel is a collaboration between Sony Pictures Entertainment's Crunchyroll and GSN.