I’ve just worked out a quick comparison of the four main anime streaming options available in the UK. I have linked each service’s name to their service information or FAQ pages.
|Crunchyroll||Wakanim UK||Animax UK||Daisuki|
|Free Simulcasts||One week delay after Premium||For one month after upload||For two weeks after upload||Yes|
|Ads for Free Episodes||Yes||Yes||Yes||unsure|
|Free access covers||Simulcasts, selection of back catalogue (license permitting)||Simulcasts only||Simulcasts only||Bulk of catalogue|
|Expiring “rental” downloads|
|Paid Subscription||£4.99/month (Anime-only plan, other plans available)||No||£5.99/month||No|
|Paid Downloads||No||Yes (DRM free)||No||No|
|Ads for Paid Episodes||No||No||No (since April 26th 2014)||N/A|
|Paid access covers||Apps, HD (when available), full catalogue||DRM-free downloads||Back catalogue||N/A|
|Ad-free stream (including back catalogue)||Stream of selected paid-only titles|
|Xbox 360||Download-to-own: Anything that can play MP4 video||PS3||iOS|
|iOS||Download-to-rent: Computer-only, specific software required|
|PS3/PS4/Vita (only if you have a US PSN account)|
|Selected Smart TVs|
I have taken information as available from their websites. Where I am unable to get a definitive details, I have marked it as such.