by Marlan Moore | staff editor
VIZ’s 24/7 English-dubbed anime channel Neon Alley is being upgraded this fall with a new option for subscribers — the ability to “Catch-Up” on shows aired on the network.
When logging in, subscribers will now have the option to either “Watch Live” or “Catch-Up.” By selecting “Catch-Up,” subscribers can watch any episode of any show carried by Neon Alley. Most episodes will be available on “Catch-Up” for a minimum of one week after their initial airing, with episodes of “World Premiere Neon Alley Exclusive” programs like K and Accel World being available for a minimum of two weeks.
“Neon Alley currently features over two dozen different anime series, plus weekly movie premieres and other exclusive programming, and the ability for members to access and watch programs whenever they want using this new feature will give them an even greater degree of flexibility and convenience,” explains Brian Ige, VIZ Media VP of Animation. “As we prepare to launch our Fall season, Neon Alley members can complement their linear viewing experience with the new ‘Catch Up’ feature to ensure that they never miss a single program!”
A more Crunchyroll or Netflix-esque format is something that anime fans have been clamoring for from the English-dubbed anime network. As stated in a recent advertisement for the new “Catch-Up” service, “You spoke, [VIZ] listened!”.
Neon Alley’s Catch-Up is already available to subscribers using the service on their PC or Mac, and will be available to Xbox 360 and PS3 users later this fall. For more info, and to sign up for a 1-week free trial of Neon Alley, check out their website.