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Netflix is an internet-based on-demand streaming service. The service has episodes and television movies without television network logos or advertisements. Since January 2016, Netflix is available worldwide except in Crimea, Mainland China, Syria, and North Korea.
Netflix requires a monthly subscription fee starting at $7.99/€7.99/£5.99/R$17,90/CAD$7.99 and $8.99/€9.99/£6.99/R$19,90/CAD$9.99 for HD and two screens.
Availability of the Pokémon anime
The Pokémon anime is available on Netflix in most countries worldwide except most of Asia. Netflix itself is available virtually worldwide as of January 2016, with exceptions of mainland China, Crimea, North Korea, and Syria.
The anime has been available in the United States on Netflix since March 1, 2014. When Indigo League first became available for streaming, Netflix only got the first 52 episodes as they were aired in the US first season order. Netflix added Season 2 of the Indigo League episodes during Summer 2014, which contained 23 Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands episodes as a bonus since those are a part of US season 2, although the title Pokémon: Indigo League still remains even though Adventures in the Orange Islands is not a part of Indigo League. Netflix later removed season 2.
Pokémon: Black & White was added on March 1, 2014 along with Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram. Later that year, on June 1, Pokémon BW: Rival Destinies and Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice were also made available.
Pokémon BW: Adventures in Unova and Beyond and Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened were added on March 15, 2015. The second semester of 2015 saw the addition of Pokémon: Indigo League and Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands on September 1.
The site was updated again on February 15, 2016 to include Pokémon the Series: XY and Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. However, one day later, all of the Best Wishes series seasons and movies were removed. Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest was added on June 1, 2016 along with its corresponding movie, Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.
The last season of the XY series, titled Pokémon the Series: XYZ, became available for streaming on April 1, 2017.
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon was added on April 1, 2018.
It is confirmed that Pokémon the Series: XY and Pokémon the Series: XYZ would be removed on April 1, 2019.
Available audio and closed captioning
English audio/closed captioning are available for the Pokémon anime and movies in all countries except Japan. The availability of other languages differ per country or region. The following languages are available in at least one country or region: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, and Turkish.
Banned episodes and seasons
Since Netflix uses the English dub and dubs based on the English dub, EP035 and EP038 are not included. Even though the banned episode Beauty and the Beach was dubbed in English, the episode was excluded on Netflix. When Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands was still available on Netflix Holiday Hi-Jynx, Stage Fight!, and The Mandarin Island Miss Match were excluded too. This is not specific to Netflix as all these episodes are no longer mentioned on Pokemon.com and excluded from Pokémon TV and newer DVD releases.
The seasons are based on the season broadcasts in the dub. For example, Pokémon: Indigo League was split up into two seasons. The Indigo League episodes had the 1998 commercial bumpers where Brock says "We'll be back after these messages," and then after the advertisement when he says "And now, back to our show." However, due to Netflix not having advertisements during streaming, these bumpers served no purpose. The bumpers have since been removed from Netflix.
- The closed captioning misspells "Teach Pokémon to understand" in Pokémon Theme as "EACH POKÉMON TO UNDERSTAND" as does the closed captioning for other releases and the official lyrics.
- When the title cards are displayed for Indigo League, the text isn't repeated on the closed captioning.
- The Latin American captions for the title cards read "[narrator] Hoy presentamos: [episode title]" for season 1, unlike the English captioning.
- The Japanese version has the edited version of Holiday Hi-Jynx, like Amazon but unlike Hulu.
- The Japanese version has English descriptions for all episodes including for never dubbed episodes like EP035 and the not yet dubbed episodes of the Sun & Moon series.
- The American Netflix often credited "macarons" as "macaroons".
- The Japanese version of Netflix does not feature a next episode preview for episodes streamed after the episode nor does it feature a Japanese episode gag, such as the Poké Problem for the Sun & Moon series.