If like me, you’ve been wondering what’s happening with Sony’s purchase of
Since July 2020 Sony has been in talks to purchase
That deal eventually went through by December 2020, officially. But there’s been no coverage since.
I even asked them directly and they had no information to share.
The US Anti Trust Justice Department
The anti-trust department of the U.S justice system has ONE goal in mind: to make sure acquisitions are fair.
They’ve deemed the purchase of
“The probe, which could delay the sale by several months and potentially kill it, seeks to determine if the deal would give Sony dominance in the anime-
streamingmarket, these people said.”
This is according to 3 people behind the scenes who are familiar with the process.
“Sony Pictures’ hopes of countering Netflix and Amazon in the increasingly popular market for the Japanese-style animated videos known as anime has hit a snag. The U.S. Justice Department has extended its antitrust review of Sony’s proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of anime-
streamingservice Crunchyrollfrom AT&T’s WarnerMedia, according to three people familiar with the process.”
To be shutdown, or allowed to pass
If Sony’s deal doesn’t go through, then the anime industry will remain the same as it is now.
If Sony’s purchase isn’t deemed anti-competitive or whatever else, the future of the anime industry will look different.
How much different is anyone’s guess, depending on what Sony actually does with its purchase. Assuming it goes through.
What do you think about this?
Source: The Information