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Neon Alley transitioning to free on-demand

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Eliminates live stream, and subscriptions

Brace yourselves. Viz Anime's subscription-based digital network Neon Alley has announced plans to transition to an on-demand service on April 1st, eliminating their subscription platform and live programming. Following the transition, content will be made available for free through the Neon Alley website, or Hulu. Those of you who subscribe to Hulu Plus will also be able to access Neon Alley content through the Hulu Plus app on select devices. Current subscribers to Neon Alley will not be charged after February 28th, but may continue to enjoy the current service throughout the month of March.

On one hand, I suppose it's a bit sad to see the service change its unique format, though given the state of the digital marketplace, somewhat inevitable. Attempting to carve a niche between the likes of Crunchyroll, Daisuki.net, Hulu and so on, would seem daunting at the least. We can't blame Viz for taking the easy road, though we can commend them for trying something different in the first place, even if it was never meant to be. Whether or not it's for the best remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, it'll be one less monthly charge on my account for me to keep track of, and who can complain about that? 

 

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