Sony as decided to bring together two anime streaming services, announcing that subscribers on Crunchyroll will be gaining access to library and simulcast content that was previously available exclusively on Funimation, beginning on March 1st.
The move presents more than 1,600 hours from over 50 newly-added titles in Funimation’s lineup to Crunchyroll, while Sony said it has no present intentions to raise the prices on Crunchyroll’s packages. The company also said future new series will be exclusive to Crunchyroll from the 1st of April, while Funimation continues adding new episodes of current series.
Sony’s Funimation Global Group purchased Crunchyroll for $1.175 billion in cash from AT&T in a deal that closed in August 2021, bringing together two old rivals. Under the new ownership of Sony, the anime division has currently been redubbed Crunchyroll LLC, run as a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Sony said merging content on Funimation into Crunchyroll will create “a huge benefit for new and existing subscribers who will no longer have to pay for two services.” Crunchyroll’s pricing of ad-free subscription plans remain unchanged at $7.99/month for the Fan tier; $9.99/month for Mega Fan; and $14.99/month for Ultimate Fan.