Sony is going to close down anime streaming platform Funimation in the Brazilian market, for which reason the multinational company will transfer Funimation subscribers to Crunchyroll, the other anime OTT owned by Sony. The company’s press team explained to TAVI Latam that Funimation will stop operating only in Brazil, whereas it will remain active in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia, the other Latin American countries where the service is currently in operation. The date scheduled for the close-down is July 31.
The news began to spread on social media when Brazilian users commented that they had been given notice of the close-down by Fumination. Although Sony has not released any oficial communication so far, it agreed to answer TAVI Latam questions.
The decision is part of the plan to unify anime platforms started by Sony in March 2022, when it added most Fumination content to Chunchyroll’s catalog. From then on, the company has been trying to entice Funimation subscribers to migrate to Crunchyroll on their own initiative. Sony acquired Crunchyroll from AT&T in December 2020.
According to the information obtained from Sony press team by TAVI Latam, “Funimation subscribers, as well as its billing, credits and gift cards, will be automatically transferred to Crunchyroll. Most Funimation content is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation subscribers will continue to have access to the largest anime library in the world.”