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In the wake of the AT&T buyout of WarnerMedia, and the merged company’s new plan to rollout a standalone streaming service in the next year, things they are a’changin’. One casualty has been Netflix’s deal to stream the complete series of Friends; another was Warner Bros. shutting down its Korean drama streaming service DramaFever and reportedly laying off a significant portion of the provider’s staff. Now, another shift in the streaming wars has occurred, this time on the animation front.
It seems that U.S. based anime-dubbing provider and distributor Funimation has decided to part ways with Crunchyroll and VRV. The Funimation channel will no longer be offered as a part of the VRV bundle or be available as an a la carte channel on the platform beyond November 9th. Funimation is a subsidiary of Sony while VRV and Crunchyroll are part of the WarnerMedia brand, so despite the anime providers’ long-standing partnership, that fruitful pairing is coming to a close.
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