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Old 12-09-2020, 11:58 PM   #1
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Funimation to Acquire Crunchyroll: Fans Win!
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We have really exciting news, guys: Funimation has signed an agreement to acquire Crunchyroll! Here’s the official press release.

“The union of Funimation and Crunchyroll is a win for anime fans around the world that will elevate the art and culture of this medium for decades to come,” said Colin Decker, CEO of Funimation Global Group. “Combining these two great companies will be a win for fans, and enable us to compete at a truly global scale. I am honored to welcome the wonderful Crunchyroll team to a shared mission—to help everyone belong to the extraordinary world of anime.”

OK, so you have questions. We get it. We are not able to share anything at this time, but you can rest assured that both companies will continue to operate independently until regulatory review and approval is complete and the deal closes. So until then, it’s Anime-as-usual!
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AT&T to Sell Crunchyroll to Sony’s Funimation Global Group

Culver City, CA and Dallas, TX, December 9, 2020 — Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and AT&T Inc.* (NYSE:T) today announced that AT&T agreed to sell its Crunchyroll anime business to Funimation Global Group, LLC. Funimation is a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.’s subsidiary, Aniplex Inc.

Crunchyroll is a premier anime direct-to-consumer service within AT&T’s WarnerMedia segment with more than 3 million SVOD subscribers and growing. It serves 90 million registered users across more than 200 countries and territories offering AVOD, mobile games, manga, events merchandise and distribution. The combination of Crunchyroll and Funimation provides the opportunity to broaden distribution for their content partners and expand fan-centric offerings for consumers.

“The Crunchyroll team has done an extraordinary job of not only growing the Crunchyroll brand but also building a passionate community of anime fans. Crunchyroll’s success is a direct result of the company’s culture and commitment to their fans,” said Tony Goncalves, Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia. “By combining with Funimation, they will continue to nurture a global community and bring more anime to more people. I’m incredibly proud of the Crunchyroll team and what they have been able to accomplish in the digital media space in such a short period of time. They’ve created an end-to-end global ecosystem for this incredible art form.”

“We are proud to bring Crunchyroll into the Sony family,” said Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Through Funimation and our terrific partners at Aniplex and Sony Music Entertainment Japan, we have a deep understanding of this global artform and are well-positioned to deliver outstanding content to audiences around the world. Together with Crunchyroll, we will create the best possible experience for fans and greater opportunity for creators, producers and publishers in Japan and elsewhere. Funimation has been doing this for over 25 years and we look forward to continuing to leverage the power of creativity and technology to succeed in this rapidly growing segment of entertainment.”

The purchase price for the transaction is $1.175 billion subject to customary working capital and other adjustments, and the proceeds will be paid in cash at closing. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
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Old 12-09-2020, 11:58 PM   #2
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Going to post this stuff from the other thread in case anyone missed it.
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So it begins. How many layoffs are we going to see? Also, are all translators now going to work under MX Media owned by Crunchyroll who underpays them ($70 an episode) and doesn't actually value them (See: No credits unless a home video release happens)?

Also, will the option of both broadcast and home video versions remain? For series that were simulcast, a little after the home video release hit, HIDIVE and FUNimation would add the home video version as an option. Crunchyroll meanwhile typically doesn't offer home video versions of shows it simulcast. For example, The Seven Mortal Sins, if you want to see that uncensored, you gotta buy the Blu-ray or watch through FUNimation's streams.
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Regarding dubs...
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Everything will continue to work the way it did before, as far as dubbing goes. Business as usual for us! In fact, we’ve already been working together this way for a while since the acquisition, and y’all were none the wiser! So no need to fear! Dubs still happening in Texas
https://twitter.com/caitlinsvoice/st...46053109194759
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So are AnimEigo and Media Blasters the only old school anime labels still in their original(ish) form now? Seems like an end of an era.
As previously mentioned there's also VIZ, but they've always been more of a manga company. There's also RightStuf, though they introduced the Nozomi Entertainment label in 2007 so people would know what titles for sale on Rightstuf.com were licensed by them.

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Old 12-10-2020, 12:04 AM   #3
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So it's official. Not real thrilled, but I do hope this means some of the shows that have been streaming only on Crunchyroll will make it to disc - White Album 2, GJ Club, and lots more.
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Old 12-10-2020, 12:15 AM   #4
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Not surprised at all, but I do wonder if this means they are getting rid of CR and folding everything into Funi. Which would suck as the Funi app doesn't work for me. It stutters every few minutes and then freezes. Only streaming service that does that for me.
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Old 12-10-2020, 12:25 AM   #6
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Old 12-10-2020, 03:49 AM   #7
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Old 12-10-2020, 06:39 AM   #8
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Old 12-10-2020, 07:11 AM   #9
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Some of the comments on Youtube are pretty gross and disturbing like saying stuff like Well time to hit the seven seas and trying to justify it. Nothing justifies it. While I am a Dub fan but there have been some changes in the Dub that have made me cringe but these people act like the Japanese audio version will be altered as well. It's just so dumb and an insult to the Creators to watch Anime like that. Stream it normally, buy the Blu-ray or watch it on TV like Toonami should be the only options.
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Carve up AT&T again, funny. That talk of selling their video game branch fizzled out though.
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Old 12-10-2020, 09:59 AM   #11
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Well, nice streaming monopoly there.

I can understand that the anime business is afraid of Netflix and the likes but, uh, was this really the sole solution?
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Old 12-10-2020, 01:00 PM   #12
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>Funimation Global Group to Acquire Crunchyroll: Fans Win!
>Fans Win!

Someone needs to enlighten Funimation that monopolies don’t work that way.
In all seriousness, this is genuinely concerning and worrying from both a streaming and home video perspective.
CRs website and player is vastly, VASTLY superior to Funi, and Funi doesn’t bother translating any of their TS over to home video either. Then there’s Funimation’s wobbly BD quality and how every dub going forward will be their mostly naff in house stuff. RIP Sentai too.
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If they continue with home video releases that would be of quality, and don't murk around with the translations for sub and dubs then I'd be happy.
Unfortunately this merger has nothing to do with any of that. If anything it would be less Crunchyroll titles licensed to better companies than Funimation.
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>Funimation Global Group to Acquire Crunchyroll: Fans Win!
>Fans Win!

Someone needs to enlighten Funimation that monopolies don’t work that way.
In all seriousness, this is genuinely concerning and worrying from both a streaming and home video perspective.
CRs website and player is vastly, VASTLY superior to Funi, and Funi doesn’t bother translating any of their TS over to home video either. Then there’s Funimation’s wobbly BD quality and how every dub going forward will be their mostly naff in house stuff. RIP Sentai too.
It is the fans that don't seem to get the long term effects of this.
I guess they don't care about the scores of people that are about to lose their jobs anyway. Not that is matters as these people are to cheap to even support the industry yet demand more anime be released.

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Old 12-10-2020, 11:35 PM   #15
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Can't wait until some executive at Sony decides that it might be a good idea for Funimation and Sony Interactive Entertainment to merge.
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Guess that means Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT will be on Crunchyroll? Good news regardless of the quality.

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It is the fans that don't seem to get the long term effects of this.
I guess they don't care about the scores of people that are about to lose their jobs anyway. Not that is matters as these people are to cheap to even support the industry yet demand more anime be released.
That's something I and many hadn't thought of. :-/
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Does this mean we might finally get A Place Further Than the Universe released on Blu-ray?
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Old 12-11-2020, 07:09 AM   #18
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Funimations streaming service is Geo-Blocked.... I hope that doesn't mean they will GeoBlock chrunchyroll too.... ?
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I'm just going to quote what I said in the other thread...
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So, the translators under MX Media (owned by Crunchyroll) are going to see their pay increase from $80 an episode to something more livable, right, RIGHT?! Oh wait, Crunchyroll can't even be bothered to credit them unless there's a Blu-ray release. Also, expect layoffs in certain areas as that's what happens with this sort of consolidation. I'm definitely not happy about this, if only this country enforced antitrust.

Also I hope nothing happens with the Crunchyroll video player because **** this nonsense. Who needs sign subs and proper subtitling, right? Oh, and FUNimation updated their video player recently to make the settings menu more clunky, and they removed the back/forward shortcut button (which was shift+left/right-yes, you NEEDED to press shift first). I've had to make use of this userscript I found on Google to get back the back/forward shortcut button.
https://twitter.com/BigOnAnime/statu...35188138639360








I say Sentai Filmworks needs our support more than ever, pre-order their releases, don't just wait for the sales when they'll make way, way less.
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Funimations streaming service is Geo-Blocked.... I hope that doesn't mean they will GeoBlock chrunchyroll too.... ?
It's quite possible depending on what Sony wants to do. BTW, FUNimation region-blocks their ENTIRE website, instead of just the videos which is absolutely ridiculous. Years ago, when they announced they were expanding to the UK, they region-blocked the announcement. And a few months ago, they announced they were expanding to Brazil and Mexico, and the announcement was region-blocked for the people in those regions..... Read the replies, it's a mess.
https://twitter.com/FUNimation/statu...79734991863808

They also region-blocked this streaming consolidation announcement last year. Given how this nonsense still happens when they're owned by Sony, yeesh.
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I also block this region, unfortunately I look from another.
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