In an update on its FAQ page, VRV has announced that its streaming service will be officially sunsetted and merged with the Crunchyroll anime streaming service. Any active VRV subscriptions will be transitioned to a Crunchyroll subscription, with future billing going through Crunchyroll’s system going forward. The date of the merger has yet to be determined.
All remaining VRV credits and unredeemed gift card balances on active accounts are still valid and can be viewed on each user’s account pages. They will now be applied to a Crunchyroll premium membership.
Additionally, content from VRV Select and Mondo channels will no longer be available after the end of the VRV streaming service.
VRV was first launched by former Crunchyroll owners Ellation on June 14, 2016 as an over-the-top streaming service. Its initial partners included Rooster Teeth, Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover, among others.
The streaming service was only available in the United States, with some of its content available for free streaming, while other content requiring a subscription to view. Subscriptions to its different channels could be purchased individually or in a premium bundle.
In 2018, Crunchyroll and VRV entered into a partnership with HIDIVE to feature its full anime catalog. In 2021, HIDIVE announced that it would leave VRV on September 30, 2021 as a result of its acquisition by AMC Networks.
In December 2020, Sony acquired Crunchyroll for US$1.175 billion and closed the deal in 2021. Two years later, Crunchyroll announced that it will merge VRV with its service, along with Funimation and French-based Wakanim.