Post Reply Hear me out. - licensing limitations in some regions
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Posted 10/19/17 , edited 27 days ago
So just hear me out. I know i'm not the first one to complain on a topic but anyway.

Recently i thought it will be a good idea to check out Crunchyroll cause it have a wide variety of subbed anime. I absolutely hate dubbed ones due to quite different experience, so i was about to dive in and enjoy all the stuff, you know. After watch a few titles i found out that more and more titles are restricted in my area due to license limitations. It goes on up to the point where almost 70% of a titles i was waiting to watch ( it's about 25+ titles) are restricted. Though i know that this is mostly not CR fault, it still appears to be a huge problem. My free trial is expiring today, and i wont prolong the subscription, even if i want to. There is just no reason for this cause there is nothing left for me to watch, you know.

So what's the point, right? I bet that there is a plenty of people like me in Europe, who absolutely love CR (the player is awesome, site and general system is good too, variety of titles just astonishing, etc.) but wont prolong the subscription cause of this limitations. I absolutely know that CR management have taken this into account at the creation of CR, and i know that CR is mostly oriented on american viewers, rather than european ones. But still - I don't want to leave this problem behind untouched, you know? The more it appears, the higher are chances that it will be taken into consideration somewhere in the future. That is the main reason why i'm posting this, huh.

Thanks for hearing me out.
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Posted 10/19/17

Leopreysuu wrote:

So just hear me out. I know i'm not the first one to complain on a topic but anyway.

Recently i thought it will be a good idea to check out Crunchyroll cause it have a wide variety of subbed anime. I absolutely hate dubbed ones due to quite different experience, so i was about to dive in and enjoy all the stuff, you know. After watch a few titles i found that more and more titles are restricted in my area due to license limitations. It goes on up to the point where almost 70% of a titles i was waiting to watch ( it's about 25+ titles) are restricted. Though i know that this is mostly not CR fault, it still appears to be a huge problem. My free trial is expiring today, and i wont prolong the subscription, even if i want to. There is just no reason for this cause there is nothing left for me to watch, you know.

So what's the point, right? I bet that there is a plenty of people like me in Europe, who absolutely love CR (the player is awesome, site and general system is good too, variety of titles just astonishing, etc.) but wont prolong the subscription cause of this limitations. I absolutely know that CR management have taken this into account at the creation of CR, and i know that CR is mostly oriented on american viewers, rather than european ones. But still - I don't want to leave this problem behind untouched, you know? The more it appears, the higher are chances that it will be taken into consideration somewhere in the future. That is the main reason why i posting this, huh.

Thanks for hearing me out.


Sadly though CR does try to an extent to get more worldwide customers Europe is just not where their focus is. Funimation if I am correct focuses much more on European clients while Cr focuses mostly on US clients. That sucks for alot of people but I believe its based off of targeted markets and where both companies have seen profitable growth.
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Posted 10/19/17
Sorry buddy. CR is heavily US focused. I remember last time I was in Japan CR had almost nothing to watch.
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Posted 10/19/17
Just checked out Funimation... and guess what - "this content isn't available in your country". CR offers at least something, huh.

Apparently it appears that while living in Ukraine i can't watch my favorite titles with eng sub legally (english is way more familiar to me than russian).

Damn.
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Posted 10/19/17

Leopreysuu wrote:

Just checked out Funimation... and guess what - "this content isn't available in your country". CR offers at least something, huh.

Apparently it appears that while living in Ukraine i can't watch my favorite titles with eng sub legally (english is way more familiar to me than russian).

Damn.


To the best of my understanding, Crunchyroll is working on localization for Russia.
It appears that they were at a recent comic convention in Moscow, according to an earlier thread:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-1003891/crunchyroll-in-russia

It appears that it just hasn't reached the level where it's applicable to all series or content.
Localization will always be dependent upon whether or not the license for that content has been negotiated by another company or not.
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Posted 10/19/17

Leopreysuu wrote:

So just hear me out.


Okay, which way did you come in? (ba-dum ching!)
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Posted 10/19/17

Leopreysuu wrote:
Thanks for hearing me out.


I've moved this to the Suggestions / Feedback forum.
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Yh it really Dissapoints me that We as Premium Subscribers Only get the short end of the stick.

I mean geez why do they have to make things so overly complicated
AT LEAST netflix doesn't pull of such stuff with their anime right? at least every Netflix subscriber has full acces to its Anime catalog right?
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Bourmegar wrote:

Yh it really Dissapoints me that We as Premium Subscribers Only get the short end of the stick.

I mean geez why do they have to make things so overly complicated
AT LEAST netflix doesn't pull of such stuff with their anime right? at least every Netflix subscriber has full acces to its Anime catalog right?


Even Netflix doesn't have every title available in every region.
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Posted 11/8/17

Bourmegar wrote:

AT LEAST netflix doesn't pull of such stuff with their anime right? at least every Netflix subscriber has full acces to its Anime catalog right?

No, in fact they don't.

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Posted 11/8/17

eyeofpain wrote:


Bourmegar wrote:

Yh it really Dissapoints me that We as Premium Subscribers Only get the short end of the stick.

I mean geez why do they have to make things so overly complicated
AT LEAST netflix doesn't pull of such stuff with their anime right? at least every Netflix subscriber has full acces to its Anime catalog right?


Even Netflix doesn't have every title available in every region.


But their Netflix originals are available to every netflix user right? Or am I also wrong about that?
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Posted 11/9/17

Bourmegar wrote:

But their Netflix originals are available to every netflix user right? Or am I also wrong about that?

I know that isn't the case for some of their live-action material (especially the early titles), and apparently isn't for some anime, as well. I don't recall which specific title it was, but in I had a viewer in the middle east here on CR relate respond that a Netflix original anime being discussed wasn't available to them in their country.

A lot of it probably depends on whether a "Netflix original" is actually just a license, or if it is a title they fully funded the production of.

Also, keep in mind there are still some countries where Netflix isn't available, the biggest being China, which is a very big market for streaming anime. (If you've ever wondered why so many simulcasts on CR are "worldwide outside of Asia" instead of "worldwide outside of Japan", that is a big part of the reason).

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