Funimation Expands Streaming Service to Mexico, Brazil This Fall

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Note: For more of Funimation's announcements on Friday, please see our omnibus article.

Funimation announced during its FunimationCon 2020 online event on Friday that it will expand its streaming service to Mexico and Brazil this fall. The company plans to offer select anime titles subtitled and dubbed in Spanish and Portuguese.

The streaming service is currently available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Its content is available in Australia and New Zealand through AnimeLab. (Funimation transitioned its titles to AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand in January, after shutting down its FunimationNow service in those territories.)

Sony Pictures Television announced last September that it and Aniplex were consolidating three Sony-owned anime acquisition and distribution companies — Funimation based in the United States, Wakanim based in France, and Madman Anime Group based in Australia — into one joint venture. Madman Anime Group previously operated the AnimeLab service. Before the consolidation, Funimation was under Sony Pictures Television, while the other two companies were under Sony Music Entertainment Japan's Aniplex.

Colin Decker, who became Funimation's general manager in May 2019, leads the joint venture. The joint venture operates under Funimation's name and acquires and distributes Japanese anime through the three component companies. Variety reported in September that the joint venture would cover 10 languages in 49 countries with about 300 employees.

<!–According to Variety, the first project of the joint venture is Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia. In addition to Funimation streaming the anime as it airs in Japan, Wakanim and Madman Anime Group’s AnimeLab have a 30-day window of streaming exclusivity in their territories. Variety added that Funimation would have a one-year window of streaming exclusivity on the English-dubbed version.–>

Sony Pictures Television Networks acquired a majority stake in North American distributor Funimation for US$143 million in 2017. Funimation ended its content-sharing partnership with Crunchyroll in November 2018, and signed a first-look streaming deal with Hulu. In March, Funimation and Chinese streaming platform bilibili announced a new partnership to jointly acquire anime licenses "over the next few years." Funimation bought Manga Entertainment, which primarily distributes anime in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in May 2019.

<!–Madman Media Group sold the anime division of its business to Aniplex in an AU$35 million (about US$25 million) deal in 2019, after Aniplex invested in Madman Entertainment in February 2018.

In addition to Funimation, Sony owns the subsidiary anime production companies A-1 Pictures and CloverWorks through Aniplex.<!– The latter only recently separated from A-1 Pictures as its subsidiary last October, and became a subsidiary directly under Aniplex in October. Aniplex established a Shanghai-based subsidiary in April with the intent of starting on “full-scale” Chinese animation production, as well as sell merchandise.–>

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