Sony Aggrieves Anime Fans by Erasing Digital Funimation Content in Crunchyroll Merger | Push Square
12.02.2024 - 23:53
Sony has single-handedly managed to p*ss off the entire anime community, as it’s announced plans to erase purchased digital content as part of Funimation’s merger with Crunchyroll. The Japanese giant effectively has a stranglehold on the popular form of media, as it owns all of the major streaming services and a chunk of content – although it would argue the existence of Netflix and Disney+ means it doesn’t have a monopoly on the market.
That’s not stopping it from eradicating huge swathes of digital content, however, when Funimation ceases to exist from 2nd April. In addition to offering on-demand streaming, Funimation would also release physical DVDs and Blu-rays, including digital codes which allowed the content to be added to a user’s library and streamed “forever”.
Except, these digital copies will cease to exist later this year. “Please note that Crunchyroll does not currently support Funimation digital copies, which means that access to previously available digital copies will not be supported,” a spokesperson said. “However, we are continuously working to enhance our content offerings and provide you with an exceptional anime streaming experience.”
Those that held onto their DVDs and Blu-rays will of course still be able to enjoy this content, but some are frustrated because they decided to resell or gift their physical copies, assuming they’d have access to the content digitally indefinitely. It’s a stark reminder that, no matter what companies say, digital content does not last forever – and your content is ultimately beholden to suits keeping the servers switched on.
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Welcome to the digital “future” you own nothing, even when you buy it.
I love physical media.
This kind of development is not unexpected.
Yeah this kind of stuff isn't massively surprising, but it's pretty scary.
It makes me wonder why they didn't just go the other way around with it. Shut down Crunchyroll and make Funimation the main streaming service? That way the folks who used this feature wouldn't get the rug pulled out from under them. Just seems like the better choice to me.
I don't know the subscriber numbers so I assume it's because Crunchyroll is more popular but still. Not a great look Sony.
Are they 100% gone forever?
Or is this one of those scenarios where they're working on it but can't promise anything until it's done? (If it ever gets done).
Makes you wonder how transparent they're allowed to be with their messaging when it comes to licensing etc.
@Korgon Crunchyroll was just more popular and more marketable as I understand it.
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