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Sony’s Funimation closes Crunchyroll acquisition

Sony’s Funimation group has completed its $1.175bn acquisition of AT&T’s global anime streaming service Crunchyroll, bringing the two competing services under the same roof. The agreement was first announced in December 2020 and had been awaiting regulatory approval. The deal includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles and while the two companies will remain separate […]

Crunchyroll surpasses four million subscribers; announces development deal with Idris Elba

Specialist anime streaming service Crunchyroll has surpassed its latest milestone of four million subscribers. The service was previously at three million subscribers in July 2020, while registered users have increased in that time from 70 million to 100 million. Paying premium subscribers are on average watching 100 minutes of content a day – up from […]

AT&T agrees US$1.175 billion Crunchyroll sale to Sony

Sony has agreed to buy AT&T-owned Anime streaming service Crunchyroll in a deal worth US$1.175 billion. Announced on Wednesday by AT&T, the service – which has three million paying subscribers – will be incorporated into Sony’s own anime streamer Funimation. The acquisition also includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles. The sale was […]

AT&T and Sony enter final negotiations over US$957 million Crunchyroll sale

AT&T is reportedly in final negotiations with Sony over a US$957 million sale of anime streamer Crunchyroll. The streamer is several layers down the AT&T totem poll, owned and operated by WarnerMedia subsidiary Otter Media. The service surpassed 3 million paying users earlier this year, and has over 70 million members worldwide. The streamer was […]

Crunchyroll launches new tiers with Sony sale still in the crosshairs for parent company AT&T

WarnerMedia-owned anime streaming service Crunchyroll has announced a number of new pricing tiers, with the most welcome addition being an updated premium tier which adds offline viewing. The streamer, which recently passed three million paying subscribers and has over 70 million registered users, has added two new tiers in addition to the pre-existing free and […]

AT&T offers Crunchyroll to Sony for US$1.5 billion

AT&T is reportedly in talks to sell anime streamer Crunchyroll to Sony.  According to a report from The Information, AT&T is looking to lower its US$151 billion debts and has offered the service to Sony for US$1.5 billion – though it is understood that the Japanese company is looking for this to be significantly lowered. […]

The growing AVOD market – listen to the latest episode of TV Watch now

The latest episode of TV Watch, a new podcast from Digital TV Europe is now live. Hosted by Digital TV Europe deputy editor Jonathan Easton, TV Watch is a new podcast looking at the biggest news and trends in the worlds of broadcasting, streaming and everything else to do with the TV industry in Europe […]

Anime streamer Crunchyroll hits three million subscribers

Specialist anime steamer Crunchyroll has reached a milestone of three million paid subscribers globally. The service, which is operated by WarnerMedia-owned Otter Media, also offers a free ad-supported service with a limited library. The full Crunchyroll product boasts the world’s  largest anime library with more than 1,000 titles and 30,000 episodes. The service is available […]

No to advertising, says Britbox president Sriraman

Britbox president Soumya Sriraman has brushed aside the possibility of an ad-supported model for the platform. “We didn’t consider advertising,” Sriaman said on an IBC panel that was discussing the differences between AVODs and SVODs. She added that “Our idea all along is that we wanted to offer the audience something complete” and that a […]

Anime platform Crunchyroll acquires majority stake in VIZ Media Europe Group for enhanced distribution

Anime OTT platform Crunchyroll has signed a deal with Viz Media Europe Group to bring its global platform together with Viz’s network of partners, distributors, and licensees.  Crunchyroll, a subsidiary of WarnerMedia-owned Otter Media, will become the majority investor in VIZ Media Europe Group, with The Hitotsubashi Group (Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., […]