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Not unexpected by a AT&T/Warner Media company.
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Sony sucks
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Can't say I understand why people are blaming Crunchyroll here. This is all on Sony.
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FUNIMATION Ends Licensing Partnership With CRUNCHYROLL
Sony's anime distributing network, Funimation, has finalized its licensing partnership with Crunchyroll. Here are the details on the partnership and why it has ended.
ANIME MOJO

https://animemojo.com/funimation/funimation-ends-licensing-partnership-with-crunchyroll-a5366

Remember CR / NBCUniversal married in JULY 2017


Crunchyroll Partnering with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan to Co-Develop New Anime

https://comicsverse.com/crunchyroll-nbcuniversal-entertainment-japan-anime/

The before and after pics !








Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

It almost seems that way Basicaslly all of them %@&*$? the anime fans / Gulity !!

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Posted 10/18/18 , edited 10/18/18
Thus ends a golden era for anime streaming. I knew it wouldn't last forever, and I supposed 2 years wasn't a bad run.

It is too bad that Funimation won't be removing their catalog titles as slowly as they were added.




antoniorand wrote:

Now latam and europe will be getting more series and shows

I'm curious why you believe this will result in more series for either of those regions, rather than fewer (due to returning to the days when CR and Funimation competed for series).




krihan66 wrote:

last time i checked , funimation is a us only service, so it DOES indeed suck for people outside us. the only way for us to watch funimation titles was to watch it on crunchyroll, and with the partnership gone that option has been taken away.

Funimation originally streaming only in the US & Canada, but before the partnership with CR, they had expanded to the UK & Ireland, and since the partnership, to Australia & New Zealand, although their catalogs for both regions are smaller. I believe the people that will be most impacted by this are those in some of the nordic countries some of Funimation's shared titles included.




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Not unexpected by a AT&T/Warner Media company.

Did you miss that part where this was Funimation's decision?
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NagisawaRei wrote:

Not unexpected by a AT&T/Warner Media company.

Did you miss that part where this was Funimation's decision?



So? AT&T and Warner Media owns Funimation. They are the ones with the ultimate choice. Funimation could,hypothetically, have never wanted to partner with CR, but if AT&T had decided to go ahead, Funimation would have partnered up anyway.

You don't know how big business does work. It's a LOT more complex than it looks.
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Good. Hopefully Funimation returns to providing CR meaningful competition in the simulcast space. The difference in the amount of effort CR put towards satisfying customers before the partnership and during it are night and day. Competition is healthy and benefits us, the consumers.
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NagisawaRei wrote:


So? AT&T and Warner Media owns Funimation. They are the ones with the ultimate choice. Funimation could,hypothetically, have never wanted to partner with CR, but if AT&T had decided to go ahead, Funimation would have partnered up anyway.

You don't know how big business does work. It's a LOT more complex than it looks.


You got it wrong. Funimation is owned by Sony Pictures US while CR is owned by AT&T/Warner Media.
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KnightmareFrame9 wrote:


NagisawaRei wrote:


So? AT&T and Warner Media owns Funimation. They are the ones with the ultimate choice. Funimation could,hypothetically, have never wanted to partner with CR, but if AT&T had decided to go ahead, Funimation would have partnered up anyway.

You don't know how big business does work. It's a LOT more complex than it looks.


You got it wrong. Funimation is owned by Sony Pictures US while CR is owned by AT&T/Warner Media.


My bad, I reversed it. Thank you.
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Well if CR has sentai distribute titles again we may see a lot of their backlog that CR has the master license to finally get released. maybe a konosuba and a schwarzesmarken release. cause lets face it funimation was stating to get more concerned with re-releasing their titles on bluray only instead of getting more of CRs stuff out or giving us only digital copies to buy.
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Wonder what this means for home video titles like Hybrid x Heart that had a release date announced but was cancelled by Funimation. I assume they'll never be released, especially considering Funi has been pretty much cutting out licensing ecchi shows since they were bought by Sony.
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At least I hope CR partners now with HiDive, so those series end up here for simulcasting. I have enough subscriptions with Netflix, Amazon and Crunchyroll.
HiDive currently gets ~5 titles per season. I can deal not watching those. But if we add another ~5 titles from Funimation, the total would be ~10 titles, which is around a third of all anime simulcasts. It would have a major impact on my seasonal anime list.
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I have both a CR and a Funi subscription, so on one level I'm not affected. However, I prefer the CR player to Funi's and since I am way more of a sub guy than a dub guy, the partnership worked out well for me.
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anikevin wrote:

At least I hope CR partners now with HiDive, so those series end up here for simulcasting. I have enough subscriptions with Netflix, Amazon and Crunchyroll.
HiDive currently gets ~5 titles per season. I can deal not watching those. But if we add another ~5 titles from Funimation, the total would be ~10 titles, which is around a third of all anime simulcasts. It would have a major impact on my seasonal anime list.



HiDive will be joining VRV, if you haven't heard yet. No idea if their simulcasts will also be available on CR, though.
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"All good things must come to an end."

Shit sucks but it was fun while it lasted.


According to a memo to Funimation staff from Funimation's president and CEO Gen Fukunaga, FunimationNow subscribers will gain access to the subtitled versions of "several hundred" titles on November 9, but will lose a "handful" of dubbed titles. Crunchyroll also noted that a number of titles will leave both services, and that the companies will update later on which titles will be impacted.


The several hundred titles are definitely the boatload of subtitled shows CR obtained through Funi. I'm interested to see what these dubbed titles are. Is this indicating that these shows were dubbed by CR themselves? I'm willing to bet CR is the master license holder of those shows.

I know these dubbed titles are leaving Funi:
Gintama
Mob Psycho 100
Twin Star Exorcist
The Testament of Sister New Devil (maybe, the credits in the blu-ray states that Kung Gao and CR produced the dub)



Crunchyroll clarified, however, that currently-airing simulcasts and series that premiered during the partnership (including Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia) will still be available on Crunchyroll, and all planned home video releases will still ship as scheduled. Fukunaga also said that all titles licensed during the partnership will still be shared between the two companies.


Glad that at least these two years of shows aren't going away if that's what it means. I do have several shows queued that aired from Fall 2016 to now...
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