According to Anime News Network, Funimation announced on Friday that it would be introducing a new tier membership system in April that would replace its current premium membership system in the US and Canada in April.
The new membership system will have three tiers: “Premium”, Premium Plus, and Premium Plus Ultra. All three tiers will allow subscribers to view the FunimationNOW Library in HD, subtitled and English dubbed anime AD-Free, with both current and cataloged titles.
Premium: Tier will cost $5.99 per month (Same as it always has been.) Or will be $59.99 per year, the membership will allow two users to stream simultaneously.
Premium Plus: Tier will cost $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year, Plus will allow 5 users to stream simultaneously, allow IOS or Android Phone or Tablet users to download episodes. While the Tier will also allow users to have “Special Members-Only Access” in Members’ areas, offering benefits to Funimation Shop.
Premium Plus Ultra: Tier is on an annual basis only for $99.99 per year, the benefits include all of the Premium Plus Tier as well as including an annual gift on Members’ Membership Anniversary, includes two ‘Pay-Per-View’ rentals each year and Free Shipping included at Funimation shop.
Those who are existing Premium Members as of April 9th will automatically be rolled over into the Premium Plus Tier membership on April 10th but at a rate of $5.99 instead of the traditional $7.99 rate that was introduced before, the newly rolled over Tier members can keep their new low rate as long as their memberships are current.
As of April 10th, Funimation’s “Family and Friends” or “Power-Up” Option will be removed and deleted as of April 10th. The Company will discontinue those monthly charges, however, they will continue to offer free memberships as before.