A day after teasers of changes to come at Anime Network Online, a beta launch has been announced for streaming service HIDIVE. Offerings include cult-favorite sci-fi Legend of the Galactic Heroes along with other subtitled and English dubbed anime.
Specifically mentioned anime in the library includes English-dubbed episodes of Amagi Brilliant Park, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Himouto! Umaru-chan. The new service will also host some Summer 2017 anime simulcast titles.
The HIDIVE beta will also launch with features that allow the viewer to customize their experience.
They describe this:
The HD player allows members to stream their shows their way: customizable subtitles allow viewers to toggle between white and yellow subtitles, as well as control their player’s streaming quality, and audio language options in the same window.
A Live-Chat feature is also planned.
The HIDIVE beta offers a premium membership at only $3.99 USD per month, which unlocks all premium HIDIVE features and content. For those who are interested, HIDIVE also offers ad-supported streaming on select titles.
The entire Legend of the Galactic Heroes franchise, including the 52-episode Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden OVA, will be scheduled to stream in HD on HIDIVE’s streaming service. Additionally, the three Legend of the Galactic Heroes movies, My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (1988), Golden Wings (1992), and Overture to a New War (1993), will also be scheduled in the near future.
About Legend of the Galactic Heroes:
“The galaxy has been at war for 150 long years between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. As two new commanders enter the field of battle, the tides of war change. Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li shatter the wartime stalemate, elevating the war to a new level. Brilliant new strategies play out in the grand chess game amid the stars.”
Newly uploaded episodes will be available every Thursday at 11:00 AM CT.