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For nearly the entire history of the Pokémon franchise, the anime series has followed along on the journey. The first episode aired a little more than a year after the release of Pokémon Red/Green in Japan, and has been a continuous part ever since. It’s no surprise then that for many fans, the journeys happening on-screen are just as special as the ones happening within the games themselves. The easiest way to follow along with these stories and to watch past seasons has long been the Pokémon TV app, but following a recent announcement, it appears that fans will soon have to look elsewhere.


When will the the Pokémon TV app shut down?


As of January 8th, the app has been taken off of all app stores (i.e., App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store, Amazon Appstore), the eShop, and the Pokémon website. Unfortunately, this was also the same day that this announcement was made in the first place, so anyone who didn’t already have the program installed are out of luck. Those who did already have the app can continue to use it until March 28th later this year.



Where can you watch Pokémon episodes after Pokémon TV shuts down?


Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is, after Pokémon TV shuts down, all of the past seasons are still available online in some form. The bad news is that they are now haphazardly scattered across various streaming platforms. Coinciding with this announcement, the Pokémon website provided a list of which seasons are available on which platforms, which while helpful, is a bit cumbersome. Prime Video has the most robust selection, but if you intend to binge the entire series, you will at the very least also need a Netflix subscription to watch the first season and Pokémon Journeys.


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Written by Abbie Maxwell

Lifelong Nintendo fangirl, Abbie holds a special place in her heart for video games. She has always strived to provide tips and tricks to make the experiences of those who share her passions that much better.