Sony’s Crunchyroll anime streaming service suspends operations in Russia

Another company is temporarily cutting off the Russian market for its services following the invasion of ukraine. Sony’s entertainment unit on Friday blocked Russian users from accessing its Crunchyroll anime streaming service and said it would halt the home entertainment release of movies like Spider-Man: No Coming Home in Russia, according to Variety. The company had already said it would not release his next list of theatrical films in the country.

“We support many companies around the world who have now suspended business operations in Russia and support the humanitarian efforts currently underway in Ukraine and the surrounding region,” Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra said in an email. -mail obtained by the point of sale. . Vinciquerra went on to tell employees that the company was also pausing future television distribution deals.

Particularly noteworthy is the timing of the Crunchyroll suspension. After Sony to buy the platform in 2020, the company started from its Funimation catalog in early March. In a review spotted by , Crunchyroll told Premium subscribers in Russia that it won’t charge them for the service until the platform is available in the country. It’s also worth noting that Sony’s PlayStation division had already ahead of Friday’s decision.

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