Funimation Not Working On My TV? Try These 14 Fixes

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Funimation Not Working On My TV

If you are a lover of anime and other East Asian entertainment, you are most likely a big user of the Funimation streaming service. On your smart TV, you can stream thousands of anime, series, and movies as long as Funimation is available in your location.

It can get very frustrating, therefore, when you try to open the Funimation app and encounter errors. No matter the smart TV you are using, issues can arise when you try to stream from Funimation.

There are several factors that can cause Funimation to stop working on your TV. The error message you receive may depend on the smart TV you are using. However, the causes are usually the same irrespective of the TV brand, and so are the solutions.

Different TVs Funimation Isn’t Working On

We have observed that issues in opening the Funimation app usually occur with the following Smart TVs

  • Android TVs
  • LG Smart TV
  • Sony smart TV
  • Samsung smart TV
  • Apple TV

As a result of this, some users resort to using third-party devices to stream Funimation, which we will discuss on detail later in this article.

Whatever the smart TV you are using the Funimation error usually occurs as:

  • App not opening
  • Freezing during streaming
  • Excessive buffering
  • App crashing
  • A generic loading error message when you try to stream

There is no singular reason why Funimation can stop working on your own TV. To resolve the problem, you may have to go through a series of steps to find and fix it. These steps do not depend on your smart TV brand; they work for all TV makes and models.

Why Is Funimation Not Working on My TV

When you encounter issues with Funimation on your TV, please refer to this list to understand why the issue may have occurred.

1. App Is Out of Date

If you do not update the apps on your smartphone, you may be able to continue using them without problems. You would only be missing out on new features in the app. This is different for TV apps. Not only do they also need updating, they start to malfunction when they are considerably out-of-date.

The makers of Funimation, for example, constantly make changes to the app to improve performance, add new features and fix bugs on the app. And they maintain the latest version of the app on their servers. So, when you try to use your outdated version to connect and stream from their servers, you may encounter errors. We have seen this to be the case for many users, so it’s something you should not overlook.

2. Funimation Server Is Down

Anime, and in fact, East Asian entertainment as a whole is hugely popular across the world. There are millions of users like you who are streaming on Funimation on a daily basis. This means that several million users can be connected to the Funimation servers at any given second. When this number of connections becomes too much for the servers to handle, the app will stop working, or you may experience issues with loading videos.

Another reason this may happen is if Funimation are experiencing a technical fault such as a server being down, or power outage.

3. You Have No Internet Connection

Unlike your mobile phone and PC where it is easy to see your connection status, your TV may get disconnected from the internet or the router may have no internet connection without your being aware. As a matter of fact, poor internet signal may also result in Funimation not working because the app requires strong connection to stream properly.

4. Your TV is Outdated

If you have never used Funimation on your smart TV before, then beware that it will not work on all smart TVs. Here is a list of some of the supported smart TVs for Funimation:

1. Smasung smart TV- 2015 and later models

2. Android TV

3. Apple TV – 4th Generation, running at least tvOS 9.0

4. Amazon Fire TV – Including Stick 4K, Stick 3rd Generation, Stick Lite, Stick TV Cube (for US, Canada and the UK), and later

5. LG smart TV (must be updated)

6. Sony smart TV 9 (must be updated)

7. Chromecast

Even if you have the supported TV, the TV would still need to be updated from time to time to support the latest versions of the Funimation app. Most smart TVs bring up notifications when an update is available. You should never ignore installing these updates. They add capacity and functionality to enable your smart TV perform better and support your favourite services.

5. Glitch

A glitch is a temporary malfunction in a device or smart system. Every smart device experiences a glitch from time to time. The good thing is that they go away on their own, usually within a very short space of time. When Funimation does not work on your smart TV, it may be a result of a glitch with:

a. Your smart TV

b. Your internet connection

c. Funimation servers

6. Too Many Devices on The Network

Sometimes, you may have too many devices connected to your network. These days we can have fridges, ovens, printers, phone, PCs, thermostats, etc connected to a single WIFI network. Sometimes, it can get too much for your router to handle that number of connections at a time.

1. The many connections can slow down WIFI speed or impact the performance of the router

2. The signals sent out by the many devices may interfere with each other

Any of these can cause Funimation to stop working on your TV

7. TV Manufacturer Server Is Down

When you try to use a streaming service like Funimation, your smart TV manufacturer server has to connect to the Funimation servers in order to deliver the content to you. If you are using a Smasung smart TV, for example, it is the Smart Hub that connects to the servers to stream Funimation to you. Sometimes, the servers of your smart TV manufacturer may be down, causing Funimation to stop working.

To have a better understanding, here is a list of all the connection that take place to deliver Funimation to your smart TV:

a. Your WIFI connects to the internet

b. Your smart TV connects to your WIFI and then to the internet

c. Your smart TV connects to the TV manufacturer servers

d. Finally, your TV manufacturer servers connect to the servers of the streaming service like Funimation

It is at the last stage that this problem may occur. This is usually brief and gets resolved without your having to perform any action.

You could simply check the status of your TV manufacturer servers at websites like:

Samsung has a dedicated server status platform where you can check for any issues with their services.

How to Fix Funimation Not Working on TV

You can see from the explanation above that there are several possible reasons why Funimation is not working on your Smart TV. Resolving the error requires patience and care, as well as a methodical approach. It is always best to try one solution and retry opening Funimation. If the error persists, then you can go to the next solution and retry.

Here are the proven solutions to Funimation not working on your smart TV:

1. Wait for a While

It is simple and it works. The eagerness to watch your favourite show on Funimation may be overwhelming but sometimes a bit of patience does the trick. As explained above, the error may be a result of a glitch in any of the devices (TV, router, servers) or connections (WIFI and internet).

Whatever the source, waiting 15 minutes and retrying has been known to resolve the issue.

2. Check Funimation Server Status

As we explained, Funimation is extremely popular across the world and has a lot of users connecting to its servers to stream content. Sometimes, the load may get too much for their servers to carry, resulting in the issues you encounter.

When you have waited for a while (on in fact, while waiting), you may check the status of the Funimation servers at Down Detector.

You can also follow them on @Funimation on Twitter for updates

3. Power Cycle TV and Router

Another way to fix the Funimation not working problem is to do a power cycle on your smart TV and on the router. You could perform these tasks one after the other and retry connecting to Funimation after completing each task. However, it is just easier to do both at once and save wait time.

Power cycling allows your devices to:

1. Have a short period of rest – This is important for programs and physical parts such as processors, memory, integrated circuits, which have run for a long period of time, to refresh.

2. Cool down – when your device runs for a long time, it can overheat causing it to stop functioning optimally.

3. Shed electrical charges – when your devices run for a long period of time, they accumulate charges which can result in an overload of charge. This also causes devices to stop functioning properly, resulting in the error with Funimation

To Recycle your TV:

1. Turn off the TV

2. Unplug it from the socket

3. Wait 2 minutes

4. Plug the TV back in

5. Turn on the TV

Most smart TVs also have the option to perform a power cycle using the remote. It usually involves either

Pressing and holding the power button until the TV turns off and back on

or

Pressing and holding the power button and following the on-screen prompt to restart the TV

To Recycle your Router

1. Unplug the router from the power supply

2. Wait 2 minutes

3. Plug the router back in

After performing the power cycle of the TV and the router, you may retry connecting to Funimation.

4. Clear Cache for Funimation

A Cache is a part of an application that stores temporary information such as the websites, images and videos, and user information that you have used on the application. It stores this data so that when next you try to access them, they load more quickly.

Unfortunately, some of the data stored in the cache are unnecessary, and when they accumulate over time, they cause the application to stop functioning properly.

Although it is not necessary to constantly clear the cache on your applications, clearing the cache can be the solution sometimes when your application such as Funimation stops working.

The process to clear the cache of Funimation depends on the smart TV you’re using.

On Samsung smart TV:

  • Press the Home button on your remote control.
  • Select Settings.
  • Select Apps.
  • Select System Apps.
  • Select the Funimation app
  • Select Clear Cache.
  • Click OK or Confirm

If this is not available on your Samsung smart TV, follow the steps below:

1. Navigate to Apps on your Smart Hub

2. Select the Gear icon at the top right of the screen

3. Select Funimation

4. From the dropdown menu, select Reinstall

On LG TV:

  • Press the Home Screen button on your remote control
  • Select System Settings.
  • Select Application Manager
  • From the list of installed and preloaded apps, select Funimation
  • Select Clear Cache

For Sony TV

  • Press the Home button on the remote control
  • Select Settings.
  • Select Apps
  • Select See All Apps
  • Select Funimation
  • Select Clear cache, then select OK.
  • Select Clear data, then select OK.

For Firestick:

  • Go to Settings on your Fire TV & navigate to Applications.
  • In Manage Installed Applications, select Funimation
  • Select Clear Cache

For Roku:

  • Press the Home button five times.
  • Press the Up button once,
  • Press the Rewind button twice
  • Press the Fast Forward button twice.
  • The device will clear the app cache

5. Uninstall and Reinstall the app

If clearing the Funimation app cache does not resolve the problem, the next step would be to uninstall and reinstall the app. The Funimation app may have picked up some bugs over time, causing it to stop functioning properly.

Uninstalling the app also ensures that you are running the latest version of the app when you reinstall it. So, you’re using one action to address two possible issues (bugs and out-of-date app).

To uninstall for Samsung Smart TV:

1. Press the Home button on your smart remote control

2. In the App section, select Settings

3. Select Funimation

4. Select Delete

To uninstall for Sony TV:

1. Press the Home button on your remote control

2. Select Settings

3. Select Apps

4. Select See all Apps

4. Select Funimation

5. Select delete

For LG Smart TV

  1. Press the Home button on the remote control
  2. Use your remote to navigate to the right of the row of apps until you see a pencil icon. Select it to enter Edit Mode
  3. Navigate to Funimation and Select it
  4. Select the X that appears at the top of the app
  5. Select Yes to confirm uninstall
  6. Select Done

6. Use a 3rd Party Device

You may recall that we listed some of the smart TV versions that can run Funimation. If your smart TV is older than those or you are constantly encountering issues opening Funimation, you may try using a third-party streaming device.

The most popular and reliable third-party streaming devices for Funimation include:

  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • Chromecast

To Install Roku on LG Smart TV

  1. Turn of your TV
  2. Plug in the Roku stick into the open HDMI port at the side of your LG TV
  3. Plug Roku into its power adapter.
  4. Turn on your TV and choose the HDMI input that you plugged the device in. If you are not sure you may switch input until you find the right one.
  5. Pair your Roku remote with your TV.
  6. Choose your desired menu language.
  7. Go through Roku setup wizard.
  8. Select Create a new wireless network
  9. Add Roku to the same network that your device is connected to.

These steps are pretty much the same for other smart TVs, and for other third-party streaming devices.

7. Reset your TV Network

If you are unable or unwilling to use a third-party streaming device, you may try resetting your TV to factory settings. This will clear all configurations and files on the TV, and remove bugs that may have accumulated over time.

For Samsung TV:

Step A:

  1. Press the Menu button on your remote control
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select General.
  4. Select Reset.
  5. Enter the PIN. This is 0000 by default.
  6. Select OK.

Step B:

  1. Press the Menu button on your remote control
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Support
  4. Select Self Diagnosis
  5. Select Reset
  6. Enter the PIN. This is 0000 by default

For Sony TV

  1. Press the Home button on the remote control
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Storage & reset
  4. Select Restore Factory Settings
  5. Select Erase all data
  6. Select to Confirm the Reset

For LG TV

  1. Press the Smart button on your remote control
  2. Click the Gear icon at the top right of the screen
  3. Select General
  4. Select Reset to Initial Settings

Please note that this process will remove all your network connection information, account information, apps, and any personalisation you have made. It will virtually turn your smart TV into a new one again.

After the TV restarts, you will need to set up your network and reinstall apps again on the TV. Then, retry and see if the error on Funimation has cleared.

8. Optimize Router

If you have a bit of technical knowledge, you may try to adjust the settings on your Wi-Fi router to resolve network issues. Funimation not working may be a result of low bandwidth settings on your router.

Bandwidth is basically the amount of data that is transmitted over your internet connection at any given time. If the bandwidth is not high enough, you will experience difficulty streaming Funimation.

1. Connect your PC directly to the router using an ethernet cable

2. Open the admin page on your web browser. The address depends on the kind of router you are using. This information is usually available on the manual

3. Log in using admin credentials. This is also available on the manual. For a Cisco router, for example, it is usually Admin as username, and admin as password.

4. Find the bandwidth settings on the page that opens and increase it.

Then retry and see if you can now connect seamlessly to Funimation

9. Keep Router Near TV

Also, if your router is too far away from the TV, or the signal is being obstructed by structures, connection will be poor and result in problems streaming on Funimation.

Ensure that your router is no more than 25 feet from the smart TV. Place the router either in the same room as the TV or make sure that they are not separated by thick structures that intercept signals such as metal and brick walls.

10. Turn Off All Devices Connected to Home Network

As we explained at the beginning, having several devices connected to your Wi-Fi may impact network performance. It can drag on the strength of the signal reaching your smart TV. Also, the connected devices may be sending out signals that interfere with that of the TV. Disconnect these devices and retry connecting to Funimation.

11. Try to Connect TV to Router Using an Ethernet Cable

Where the above fails, you may try having a direct connection between your TV and the router. Simply use an ethernet cable, plug one end to the ethernet port on the TV and the other to an ethernet port on the router. Then retry to see if the problem with Funimation has cleared.

12. Disable VPN

You may be using a VPN to secure your connection or change your IP address location. This is usually the case when you want to access streaming devices that are not normally available to your location.

However, using a VPN causes more delay in data transmission as the connection has to go through the servers of the VPN provider before reaching your TV or the Funimation servers. This also can cause Funimation to not work well.

If you can, disconnect your VPN and try again.

13. Contact Funimation

Where all of the above fixes do not work, you may contact Funimation to report the issue. You may reach them on any of their contact channels below:

14. Contact TV Manufacturer

If the issue is not at Funimation, you may also contact your TV manufacturer to report the challenge.

Simply obtain your TV model and reach out to the manufacturer support with the details.

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