HIDIVE has announced that it has added an annual subscription option for a one-time payment of US$47.88. The option offers 20 percent savings compared to the current month-to-month billing option (US$4.99 per month). It is the same total as the beta monthly plan (US$3.99 per month), which is locked in for the next two years for anyone who registered before May 1, 2018.
HIDIVE launched in June 2017 after acquiring assets previously held by Anime Network Online. The service has primarily streamed titles — including simulcasts and seasonal dubs — that are licensed for home video by Section23 Films and its subsidiary Sentai Filmworks. Sentai Filmworks president and CEO John Ledford is also the founder and president of HIDIVE.