Streaming services are choosing to deliver their programming through their platforms.
This can be observed with the recent termination of the association between Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Taking effect last Friday, November 9, 2018, anime fans will no longer view some of the shows they follow on Crunchyroll.
This follows after Sony Pictures Television’s purchase of Funimation, the distributor of the titles, which was completed in October 2017.
Crunchyroll’s management personally told their customers about this new development on their official website’s forums.
During the previous month, these administrators of the world’s largest destination for Japanese cartoons e-mailed communication letters to their subscribers.
Being the American entertainment firm specializing in distribution and dubbing foreign shows, most notably anime, Funimation delivered massive numbers of animation content to Crunchyroll, its third-party streaming platform.
Since Sony acquired it last year, Funimation has taken off programming totaling to hundreds. Among these popular shows consisted of “Eureka Seven” and “Dragon Ball Super.”
Other titles that have been removed are “Hellsing, “Cowboy Bebop,” “Akira,” and “Witchblade.”
However, subscribers will still be able to access shows like “My Hero Academia” and “Attack on Titan.” This is due to the agreements made before Sony’s acquisition of Funimation.
Subscribers of Crunchyroll who are disenchanted with the title removals may still avail the shows if they would be willing to subscribe to Funimation’s streaming service called FunimationNow.
Apparently, new streaming platforms are deciding to no longer use third-party services. Besides Funimation, among these other services are the fledgling DC Universe and the upcoming WarnerMedia and Disney+ platforms.
Instead of utilizing another service like Crunchyroll to release their shows to their digital audiences, they intend to deliver their content on their platforms.
Formed in 2006, Crunchyroll is focused on delivering East Asian animation like manga and anime.
With over one million subscribers and more than 40 million registered users, Crunchyroll’s fans interact through the most comprehensive anime library which includes “Folktales from Japan” and “Naruto Shippuden.”
Its multi-lingual content and application are accessible on mobile devices, set-top boxes, and game consoles.
Crunchyroll’s streaming service can be accessed free of charge or through a premium advertisement-free service.