Madman's anime streaming service, AnimeLab, has been chugging along nicely for a while now, and is now making its prophesised switch to a premium service. But while you'll have to pay for the finer features, there's still a lot up for grabs for free.
The plan was always to go premium. Up until now, AnimeLab has been in "beta", though it's been fully functioning, and from time to time we see it updating its catalogue with more content. Frankly, I'm surprised they've offered everything for free this long, and that there'll still be a free service moving forward.
What it basically comes down to is a HD 1080p stream for premium subscribers, with no ads. Free users will have a limited back catalogue, a one week delay on simultaneous casts from Japan, preroll ads, and a maximum of 480p.
Still... You can watch anime for free. A lot of it. And I'm betting that's smart, because anime has a way of dragging you in until you're on a spree of 100 episodes.
I tried out the service last year, and was very happy with it. Fullscreen, high def, no issues with the stream. I used it to see what all the fuss was about over Attack on Titan, and while I enjoyed it, I now avoid the service like the plague because there are things I want to do with my life.
Signing up to premium will also give you discounts on Madman products, incentives for the first 500 sign-ups, and a chance to win a trip to Japan.
More details on the plans below:
30 Day free trial No advertising HD / Up to 1080p No Delay on simulcasts Access to full back catalogue Access to Subbed and Dubbed shows Priority support Membership perks
Pre-roll advertising SD / Up to 480p 1 week delay on simulcasts Limited access to Back Catalogue
Signing up for AnimeLab's premium service will set you back $6.95 per month, or $69.95 per year. Check it out here.