Announced: October 14, 2011
In a two minute video commentary from the CEO, Christopher Macdonald of Anime News Network (at the request of NicoNico) on the joint venture (“Funico”), he talks about the future of Anime Streaming, and what does it means and, how it will affect the Anime Industry as a whole in the upcoming future.
Funimation is the 900 pound gorilla of the anime licensing world while simulcast-only licensees like Crunchyroll and NicoNico are at the opposite end of the spectrum. In most cases, licensors only give titles to Crunchyroll and NicoNico when DVD licensees aren’t interested in the license. In other words, simulcast-only licensees get to fight over the table scraps. NicoNico has now aligned itself with the 900 pound gorilla. Funico is the new 900 pound licensing gorilla. In other words, NicoNico will, in most cases, get first pick on whatever simulcasts it wants. [Paragraph 1] — Christopher Macdonald
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*This is a good article to read. Two thumbs up to Mr. Macdonald for writing such a cohesive and informative article for the video commentary.