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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
As someone who uses Amazon prime fairly often, I don't mind to pay a little more to see what it has to offer in the anime department.

With shows like "Rage of Bahamut: Virgin soul", "Made in abyss" and my personal favorite by the flip flapper guys "Princess principal" I was happy to pay the Amazon Strike cost for such great shows that have finished up this season.

Netflix and Amazon get a lot of flak on the internet when it comes to their anime services, now I understand that for someone who wants to watch anime and not use Amazon that the price is a tad much. However as someone who has owned Netflix for I don't even know how much longer then Amazon prime, I myself dislike the lack of simulcast with Netflix ten times more then the potentially price gouge(ish) system Amazon has.

Is there any other reason not relating to having less spare cash to use?

A normal TV only bundle with Xfinity costs around 49.99 per month, I was mostly the kind of person to only care about 1 or 2 channels on TV, so Amazon Strike (and prime costs) together becoming around 10 - 15(ish) dollars and the fact that I use my prime regularly, I think its a great price. I consider it still a good price MYSELF If I were to do it just for the shows on the single channel when I consider my past experience with cable.

Of course, that is just me.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
People, please don't cry and #PayForYourAnimeStrike.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
More expensive than all the other services, not as many titles, makes you pay for a completely different service before you're allowed to pay for the service you actually want, much more of a pain to navigate than the other services and very limited, especially outside of the U.S.

I think that's just about everything. Oh and occasional bad sub quality as well.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/28/17
I haven't even gone near amazon, will eventually, as for the streaming part and paying, from what I gather they aren't all that great when it comes to things. bad dub and sometimes censored stuff (like Hulu). sure, it's a pain to wait for something to be done before netflix gets it (yes I am a fan of netflix and uses it the most), I just don't consider prime of any interest to me. however if it's interesting to you, then go for it. I don't even have cable myself, so it's either the net I'm watching or I'm streaming on netflix. I'm thankful for joining this site, it sure does keep me entertained with helping me to quicker catch up on my viewing fun.
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Well, three reasons:

It further splits the market. Necessitating more subscriptions if you want to watch all of the shows you're interested in. The same reason people gave CR and Funi shit before they started playing nice on catalog titles.

It's more expensive than any other service due to a double paywall and you get less for it as the catalog is smaller than competing services.

It was a pretty naked corporate cash grab attempt to muscle into an established market.

TL;DR: It' costs more money for less content and did the exact thing anime fans were already upset about.





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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
The answer is pretty simple: It's the damn double paywall. If they at least allowed people to subscribe without requiring them to buy an Prime subscription, then there would be far less hate then there is right now. But Amazon is not motivated to make any changes since they have a lot of money, and of course Sentai and others can't say no to it.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
Because I have to get it if I want to watch "My Girlfriend is Shobitch."


Which I do.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
I would like to get it... but then again, I don't live in the US.
We have some Stream Services here, they are good, but many of them don't have as many shows as CR and I don't think it is worth paying just for that one Simulcast.
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Definitely the double paywall. I don't live in the US, so Anime Strike isn't even available for me, and I don't particularly want a Prime subscription, at least not with their small catalog of anime.
I had a 6 month student prime trial a while back, and their service was pretty meh, honestly. The subs for the anime I wanted to watch weren't out on time sometimes (there was maybe a day or two delay), and the way they organise their shows was horrible. Yeah, the video quality was decent, but that's around about it. And it's not really worth it for the price that they're offering it for either.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/28/17
Double paywall, honestly.


"It seems you guys just want an apple, when you can get the entire feast of Amazon Prime and Animestrike. You know what you can do with Amazon Prime? You can order express with a lesser fee, buy more faster, and..."

"That is the problem. To me, they are making me buy an entire feast when an apple will suffice. I just want the goddamn apple."


The quality of Amazon Prime is only contingent for those who want it. There are those who do not want it, and thus, it doesn't matter. In any other words, some people just do not f*cking care how great Amazon Prime is, in your own opinion".

It honestly bothers me when one exalts it the quality and numerous services of Prime without taking in mind the preference of the skeptic.
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The double paywall does not go well with a tight budget. If I was already paying for Prime it might be worth putting up with their crappy interface, but I don't so I won't.
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people are against competition if it means they have to shelve more money to get what they want.
premium users here tend to be against Amazon getting exclusives because it'll cost them more money (that is, against competition), while they'd be more than happy if Crunchyroll had a monopoly over many more titles.

it's worth noting that Amazon lets you download the series to watch offline. getting the rights to offer such an option does NOT come cheap. unlike CR, their servers aren't terrible, either. (before someone mentions VRV, that service works so well because it uses Amazon servers)
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I have Amazon Prime and consider it a good deal, but I don't pay the extra money for Strike because it didn't offer enough bang for my buck. After looking at their library just now, it still doesn't - even discounting that quite a few are dubs (which I don't watch) or that I already have access to much of their content through other services.

Part of why they probably get flak is because it's premium only. There's no free, ad-based viewing option. There are people who (for whatever reason) can't or won't pay for anime streaming. For them it's CR or pirating bust.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/28/17

iriomote wrote:There's no free, ad-based viewing option. There are people who (for whatever reason) can't or won't pay for anime streaming.

i remember reading plenty of complaints from free users saying that the videos on CR were effectively unwatchable due to endless ads or ads that run longer than the show itself. thankfully i don't have to deal with this, since i don't use CR for anime anyways.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/28/17

namealreadytaken wrote:

i remember reading plenty of complaints from free users saying that the videos on CR were effectively unwatchable due to endless ads or ads that run longer than the show itself. thankfully i don't have to deal with this, since i don't use CR for anime anyways.

Yes, but that people are complaining about the quality of the ad-based service shows they want to support the industry somehow, even if they can't or won't pay a subscription.

A series on Netflix, Strike, etc. doesn't even give them the option, however flawed it may be.
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