Sony launches anime streamer Crunchyroll on Prime Video

Sony’s anime streamer Crunchyroll is to launch on Prime Video around the world, with a roll-out in the US, the UK, Sweden and Canada set for later this week. The service offers 46,000 episodes and is available ad-free via the Fan and Mega Fan subscriptions (the latter allowing titles to be downloaded), with prices starting […]

Sony replacing Funimation with Crunchyroll in Brazil

Sony has shut down its anime streaming platform Funimation in Brazil and will migrate its existing subscribers to Crunchyroll, the alternative anime offering it acquired from AT&T in 2020. According to local reports, Funimation will remain operational in the other Latin American countries in which it is offered for the time being, with the service […]

Crunchyroll launches music hub, with content from Sony Music Entertainment

Anime streamer Crunchyroll has teamed up with Sony Music Entertainment (SME) to license SMEJ’s content outside of Japan on its newly launched music and content hub.  The music and content hub was announced on 4 March and is now available to paying subscribers. Crunchyroll customers will have access to an extensive library of short-form music videos and more than […]

Crunchyroll CEO Colin Decker exits following Funimation merger

Colin Decker, who became CEO of anime streamer Crunchyroll following its merger with Funimation last month, is exiting the company. Decker, who previously headed up Funimation, leaves the role after more than three years at Sony, which acquired Funimation in 2017. He will be succeeded by Rahul Purini, the current COO of Crunchyroll, who also served in […]

Sony’s anime streamers Funimation and Crunchyroll to merge

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it is folding anime streamer Funimation into Crunchyroll. Sony acquired Crunchyroll from AT&T in August 2021 in a deal valued at US$1.175 billion. The announcement delivers on Sony’s promise to merge the two anime SVODs into one single subscription, with the company saying that pricing will remain unchanged.  In […]

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 […]