AMC Networks acquires Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE streaming service

AMC Networks announced receipt Sentai Holdings, LLC, what comprises Sentai Movies and the streaming service HIDIVE. The acquisition includes the interests of all members of Conradh na Gaeilge Ciste Cool Japan, Inc, Japan's public – private investment fund.

Matt white, Acting Chief Executive of AMC Networks, confirmed: “This acquisition builds on AMC Networks' already strong intellectual property and franchises, and furthers our streaming strategy aimed at serving a passionate audience with depth of content, curation and community. With the addition of Sentai, we see an even greater opportunity to build AMC Networks' position as a world leader in guided streaming, while continuing to grow a long – term, sustainable and profitable streaming business that will transform our company.».

Founder Sentai Movies, John ledford, confirmed: “We are delighted with the acquisition of AMC Networks and look forward to being part of its growth strategy. This acquisition will not only change Sentai's mission to bring the most exciting anime content to audiences around the world, but will greatly expand it and give our businesses greater distribution, more partnerships, more scale and more access. subject. Couldn't have been happier».

Sentai Movies It is a global supplier of anime and official items. The company's brands include the streaming service HIDIVE,, the Video-on-Demand channel Anime network Y Sentai Studios. Sentai Movies He has many licensed animes, for example Made in the abyss, Good to kill!, Shokugeki aon Souma (Food Wars!), Y Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasite).

This acquisition has left most English fans confused (HIDIVE distributes subtitled content in Spanish, but to a much lesser extent than its original English language catalog), and in comment forums you can read comments such as:

  • «Well this didn't come from anywhere and Sentai is probably still struggling to compete with FUNimation and Crunchyroll for the newer titles, both of which are now owned by Sony Pictures.».
  • «I don’t think they will make the same mistake again. I’m sure if Ledford has any business sense he would make sure that doesn’t happen again with this sale. I’m not as pessimistic about the anime industry as everyone else. I do not like that Sony – Mation-Roll currently has the monopoly and I would like Sentai and Discotek to have access to more titles. And I hope that happens».
  • «Well, beat me, the anime contest for overseas licenses seems to be between Sony, Netflix, Disney and AMC. And now I wonder if Warner, Universal, Viacom and Apple will be the next ones …»

Fountain: ANN


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