As reported on August 12th by the specialized website The Information, AT&T is negotiating with Sony Pictures Entertainment to sell the OTT Crunchyroll, one of the most important anime content platforms, both globally and in Latin America. The website reported that AT&T intends a total of USD 1.5 billion for the transaction.
Although up to now neither of the two companies have expressed themselves on the matter, The Information reported that Sony is interested in the operation, but is not willing to pay that money, but a lesser amount.
Some of the Latin American countries that consume the most Crunchyroll content, as officially reported by the company, are Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. The OTT was created in 2006, and acquired eight years later by Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group. In 2018, AT&T bought the Chernin stake, and took control of the whole of Otter Media through WarnerMedia. In addition, Sony Pictures Entertainment is also part of the anime universe through the OTT Funimation, which announced its launch in Mexico and Brazil for this year, thus arriving at Latin America.