Amazon’s anime streaming service, Anime Stike, has been shut down just days prior to its one-year anniversary.
For those unfamiliar with the service, Anime Strike was an add-on to Prime Video which unlocked a collection of anime titles for an additional $5 a month. This fee created a double paywall which was highly contested by anime fans, who were already paying for Amazon Prime.
If you’re a Twitch user, I’m sure you’ve heard your favorite streamer mutter the words “if you have Amazon Prime, you have Twitch Prime” giving you access to a free $4.99 subscription each month. Now with the cancellation of Anime Strike—if you have Amazon Prime, you have access to the entirety of Amazon’s anime catalog.
Rather than completely casting away their anime. The shows once exclusive to Anime Strike, are now included in the base subscription to Amazon Prime.
This morning an Amazons Spokesperson released this message regarding the cancellation of the service, “We have decided to move the curated catalogs of Anime Strike and Heera into Prime Video so that more customers can enjoy this content as part of their Prime membership.”
As far as reimbursement the spokesperson made the following statement, “Amazon has notified subscribers that content from Anime Strike is now available in Prime Video and included with their Prime membership. Amazon also automatically canceled their Anime Strike subscriptions, refunding any portion of their final monthly payment that extends beyond Jan 5th.”
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