Fans can still watch Pokémon content on the free TV app for now – but only until The Pokémon Company discontinues the streaming service this March.
The Pokémon Company has announced it will be disabling the Pokémon TV app after more than a decade of providing a free streaming service. The app has been removed from all digital storefronts, although existing users will still be able to view content on their devices until the service is completely shut down next March. Until now, the Pokémon TV app has been fans’ go-to platform for free Pokémon movies and episodes, which since launch have been available on Nintendo Switch, Kindle Fire devices. , iOS and Android. In its announcement, The Pokémon Company thanked fans for their continued support and provided a list of alternative download and streaming sites.
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“Thank you to all of our fans who have loved Pokémon TV over the years,” the company said. “The Pokémon TV app and website will be shut down and service will end on March 28, 2024. Starting January 8, 2024, fans will no longer be able to download the Pokémon TV app from the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store too, Amazon Appstore, Nintendo eShop and Pokemon.com.” The announcement is disappointing for Pokémon fans and the app’s more than 467,000 active users (as of December 24-30, 2023, according to data.ai).
Alternative Pokémon Anime Streaming Site Options
Pokémon fans can still watch shorts and specials like Twilight WIngs, Evolutions, and Paldean Winds for free on YouTube, but the majority of anime content is currently only available with a subscription to streaming sites like Netflix , Hulu and Roku. Currently, Prime Video takes the lion’s share of the Pokémon series, including select installments of Gold and Silver, Ruby and Sapphire, and XY. Content can also be purchased or rented from Viz, Amazon, Google Play, and the iTunes Store.
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The Pokémon TV app launched in 2010 as a free video streaming service dedicated to the animated Pokémon media. The entire franchise began in 1996 as a pair of role-playing games developed by Game Freak from characters conceptualized by Satoshi Tajiri. Pokémon has since been adapted into card games, movies, manga, and anime. Interest in the franchise was also renewed in 2016 when Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game from Niantic, allowed players to virtually hunt iconic creatures in real-world environments.
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Source: The Pokémon Company’s official website