AMC buys the owner of the anime streaming service Hidive
It's AMC Networks. The financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed, but the purchase includes Hidive Sentai streaming service. It will be integrated with AMC's "targeted" streaming platform stable, which already includes services such as Shudder, IFC and SundanceTV. As part of the deal, AMC has also built Sentai Studios, the Anime Network and the company 's extensive catalog of anime titles. Some Sentai projects are allowed to infiltrate K-Forward! from Kyoto Animation and Haikyu !! from IG Production.
The purchase comes less than a year after Sony terminated Crunchyroll to buy Crunchyroll from AT&T. At the time, the company said it would work swiftly to create a unified anime membership service that would bring content from both Funimation, which is owned by Sony, and Crunchyroll. If nothing else, today's deal shows just how much business anime has grown in the West.
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