Is Crunchyroll on AT&T TV or HBO Max?

Is Crunchyroll on AT&T TV and/HBO Max? The Solid Signal blog team had to find out!

AT&T originally bought Crunchyroll for DIRECTV NOW. Since that streaming service is no longer a thing, we wondered what happened to Crunchyroll? Did it transfer to AT&T TV and/or HBO Max? Or did it go by the wayside? Since our Signal Connect division offers AT&T TV and DIRECTV services, we felt compelled to update you, our loyal blog readers, on the corporation’s offerings. With the help of Stuart Sweet, our resident blog-master, here’s what I was able to find out.

Crunchyroll and AT&T: The History

Sometime back in August 2018, AT&T acquired Otter Media. This gave them full control over Crunchyroll, an animated streaming service that offers anime, manga, drama, music, and other electronic entertainment. With the purchase, AT&T also gained these additional Otter Media entities:

  • FullScreen: A network that offers creative tools and services to YouTube content creators and brands.
  • Rooster Teeth: An entertainment company known for its live-action shorts, series, comedy, Let’s Play videos, and animated productions.
  • VRV: A streaming service that offers a variety of anime, gaming, tech, cartoons, and more.

Since this happened four years ago, these properties ended up on DIRECTV NOW. That makes sense since it was AT&T’s premier streaming service at that time. AT&T shuttered its DIRECTV NOW internet-based streaming service sometime in the summer of 2019.

Crunchyroll on AT&T TV

Straight up, Crunchyroll isn’t available as a standalone channel on AT&T TV. That’s NOT the end of the story though. Most AT&T TV subscribers get free HBO Max for a certain amount of time. Some amount of Crunchyroll programming is available on HBO Max. (See below.) So, anyone who wants a side of Crunchyroll with their AT&T TV order can get it that way. Crunchyroll is also available as a standalone streamer with a free 2-week trial.

Crunchyroll on HBO Max

HBO Max subscribers can have a taste of Crunchyroll but not the whole dish, so to speak. They have access to a curated collection of favorite anime titles. This includes the In/Spectre original series as well as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, and Keep Your Hands off Eizouken. VRV content is not available on HBO Max.

Crunchyroll is expected to continue curating and layering a small selection of popular anime titles on an ongoing basis. Some of them include:

  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • KONOSUBA – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
  • Bungo Stray Dogs
  • Berserk
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  • Kill la Kill
  • Your Lie in April
  • ERASED
  • Kiznaiver
  • Schwarzes Marken
  • 91 Days
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers

Shocker: All of This Probably Doesn’t Matter

Last time we heard, AT&T is still trying to sell its Crunchyroll streaming service to Sony. The asking price is $1.5 billion and presumably, the talks are continuing. The sticking point is the price, of course. Sony was reeling from the sticker shock while AT&T looks to bring down some of the $180 billion debt it incurred going into 2019. Judging by Crunchyroll’s global subscriber numbers, and the fact that Sony owns the competing Funimation, Crunchyroll might find a home there.

Speaking of AT&T TV…

…Our Signal Connect division is an AT&T Preferred Dealer. Our reps can help you get AT&T TV. They’ll walk you through the viewing packages and answer any questions you have. Once you pick everything you want, you can start streaming AT&T TV on your phone right away. When you box arrives, you just have to sign in and follow the onscreen instructions.

AT&T TV is one of the best streaming options available. (The other is DIRECTV.) If you want either of these services, you should talk to Matt Nelson. You can reach him by calling 248-675-8698. If you’re reading this after our regular business hours, just fill out the form below and click “send.”

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.