Sony to Buy Crunchyroll for almost a Billion! Sony is in talks with Crunchyroll to acquire its online Anime streaming service in a deal worth more than 100 billion yen ($957 million). Crunchyroll is currently owned by AT&T which is an America based Telecom company. Sony has been in talks with AT&T for quite a while now and it looks like the deal is now in its finalization state..
Crunchyroll is a big name in the Anime community, as well as the Online streaming market. it has 3 million active paid users and a whooping 70 million! free users worldwide. if Sony is able to crack the deal then they will have all the traffic and over 1000 Japanese Titles under their name.
Sony is a big name which requires no introduction. They already own Funimation which is also an America based anime streaming service similar to Crunchyroll.
Funimation is arguably the second biggest anime streaming service after crunchyroll and Sony already acquired it in 2017 for almost 143 million USD.
Just making an Analogy, but if Sony does get their hands on crunchyroll then it could be a big Win for the Anime fans worldwide. more specifically the Anime Fans of India.
if you are an Indian anime fan then you know the situation of The availability of anime content here. apart from Netflix and some other independent YouTube channels, there aren’t many legal anime available in India. no matter how many anime titles Netflix adds up but it won’t be able to fill for the absence of Crunchyroll in India.
Crunchyroll is the biggest streaming service dedicated solely to Japanese anime content which is barely accessible in Indian region due to licensing issues. if sony is able to acquire it then it may lay some significant changes in its catalog and more shows may get legally accessible in Indian region.
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