In a surprising turn of events for Pokémon enthusiasts worldwide, The Pokémon Company (TPC) has officially declared the discontinuation of the Pokémon TV app and browser service, effective March 28, 2024. This marks the end of an era for fans who have relied on the platform to catch up on classic Pokémon anime episodes for free.
The announcement, delivered through an update on the official Pokémon website, expresses gratitude to the loyal fan base that has cherished the Pokémon TV service over the years. TPC states that the decision to sunset the service is part of an evolution in content delivery strategy.
Starting from January 8, 2024, the Pokémon TV app has been removed from various storefronts, including the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store, Amazon Appstore, Nintendo Switch eShop, and Pokemon.com. New users will no longer be able to download the application, redirecting the Pokémon TV online link to the official news update.
For those who have already embraced the app, a silver lining remains. Users with the app installed can continue to access the existing content library until the sunset date, preserving the ability to relive cherished Pokémon moments.
Following the closure of the Pokémon TV app, alternatives for viewing Pokémon content have been outlined by TPC. However, the transition might prove less seamless, with the majority of options requiring subscription services, and some seasons scattered across different channels, potentially necessitating separate purchases.
Amidst the shuffle, TPC leaves a glimmer of hope for Pokémon aficionados, assuring that Pokémon shorts and episodes on YouTube will persist even after the app’s discontinuation. Whether this signals a new era in Pokémon streaming or merely a shift in strategy, the community remains on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the next evolution in Pokémon content consumption.