Crunchyroll has announced that it will no longer offer free ad-supported viewing for simulcasts starting with its Spring 2022 season lineup. Crunchyroll will instead require that viewers have a subscription to access new and continuing simulcasts.
The first three episodes of the following Spring 2022 titles will be available for free ad-supported viewing for a limited time:
- Spy x Family
- A Couple of Cuckoos
- The Dawn of the Witch
- Tomodachi Game
- Skeleton Knight in Another World
- Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie
- The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody
- Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs
The first three episodes of each title will be available for ad-supported viewing for a week after their premiere on Crunchyroll until May 31, 2022. Subsequent episodes as well as other titles in the Spring 2022 simulcast lineup will be available to view with a premium, monthly, or annual subscription.
The site has confirmed that with continuing anime, ad-supported viewing will not be available with episodes starting with the Spring 2022 season, but episodes prior to the Spring 2022 season will be available.
Crunchyroll previously allowed free ad-supported streaming for simulcast titles one week after an episode premiered.
Anime News Network received a statement from Crunchyroll, which was added to their article on March 28, 2022:
Crunchyroll reached out to ANN with a comment stating that episodes of anime prior to this spring season will still be available to watch for free with ads. The company added that it will continue to “make new content available for free with ads” and that it is “only stopping the automatic free availability of all simulcast content.”