In a rather interesting move, Viz Media has announced that their English anime streaming service, Neon Alley, will soon be transitioning into a free service. Starting on April 1st, Viz Media will change it’s programing to the free ad-supported Hulu and subscription-based Hulu Plus service in the United States.
This means that all of Viz’s anime will be available for free at any time through the Hulu services on any device or console that supports the app and anime will also be available for free from Neon Alley’s website. Currently details for Canadian users are unknown and more information will be revealed soon. Previously Neon Alley worked the same way as a television station, with linear programming available at a set time so this change to on-demand is certainly great for anime fans but one that is certainly unexpected.