It has been one week since the announcement regarding Sony’s Acquisition of Crunchyroll, the question on the minds of many has been if VRV would be part of the new Crunchyroll and Funimation Partnership, wonder no more as Anime News Network’s Alex Mateo confirms in a new Email Correspondence that Ellation’s VRV Streaming Service is now part of Sony after Sony Funimation Global Group acquired Crunchyroll from AT&T.
VRV is a Subscription-based Bundle that included the anime streaming service Crunchyroll, and other streaming services such as Cartoon Hangover, Rooster Teeth, and Mondo. The service used to include Funimation until November 2018, following an announcement that Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment would end their partnership to share content. VRV added the HIDIVE streaming service’s content in November 2018.
Sony announced the acquisition of Crunchyroll, This Deal has been in the making since Last August and was sold in December. Since then it has been under an antitrust review by the U.S. Department of Justice citing that the deal would give Japanese Animation Studios fewer options to distribute shows in the U.S. the Information also mentions that the review could take up to six months or longer if that is true, then it would possibly mean that the department could sue which would block the sale. The announcement did not reveal how or if the individual streaming platforms would merge or plans for subscription costs for users
Source: Anime News Network
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