Post Reply Why does Crunchyroll not stream movies or OVAs?
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Posted 11/30/17 , edited 11/30/17
Hello community,

This has bothered me for a while, but as Crunchyroll continues to become the more dominant way I consume anime I really have to ask why they don't stream anime movies or OVAs? I'm sure I'm not the first or last to bring this up, but I couldn't find an answer in the forums. I understand rights issues surroundings thing like "My Name", but really more asking in regard to when they already have the rights to stream the general show as well. E.G. the two seasons of Psycho Pass, but not the Psycho Pass movie for example.

Note: I do understand not streaming well there still in theaters in japan and the like, but more referring to after the bluray/DVD been out for a while and illegal streams are simple to access.
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Posted 11/30/17 , edited 11/30/17

spartan_073 wrote:

Hello community,

This has bothered me for a while, but as Crunchyroll continues to become the more dominant way I consume anime I really have to ask why they don't stream anime movies or OVAs? I'm sure I'm not the first or last to bring this up, but I couldn't find an answer in the forums. I understand rights issues surroundings thing like "My Name", but really more asking in regard to when they already have the rights to stream the general show as well. E.G. the two seasons of Psycho Pass, but not the Psycho Pass movie for example.

Note: I do understand not streaming well there still in theaters in japan and the like, but more referring to after the bluray/DVD been out for a while and illegal streams are simple to access.


Since this is specifically about Crunchyroll, I've moved it to the Site Support / Minor Questions forum.

The basic answer is, licensing. Illegal streams exist because they don't bother negotiating a license agreement--they just grab something and upload it. Movies related to a series most likely require a separate license agreement and aren't just bundled in with the license for a season of a show. Crunchyroll does things the legal way, and while they do have some movies and OVAs, the simplest answer for those that they don't have is likely that no license for streaming was made available, the streaming license is held exclusively by someone else, or to acquire such a license would be cost-prohibitive or infeasible for some other reason.
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Ah thank you for the move, I apologize about the poor thread location.

I understand the concept around license agreements and doing things the legal way, which I fully support hence the membership I pay for to be a premium member. So please do not feel I'm criticizing Crunchyroll for not just going ahead and streaming whatever they want, that is not the question/point I was trying ask/make.

While movies could (and probably are separate agreements) the sheer lack of anime movies and OVAs out there compared to parent shows suggests more then just unable to negotiate the rights. It's like saying while they've agreed to simulcast Naruto or Boruto for the last so many years, they've never been able to acquire any of the film rights? Especially the ones that are canonically part of the series. I find it hard to believe the majority of these are unable to be legally obtained, especially when Crunchyroll obviously has it's foot in the door on the material in the first place.

It's also not like Crunchyroll is unaware of these propertiies either, they often post news stories about their existence.
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spartan_073 wrote:

Ah thank you for the move, I apologize about the poor thread location.

I understand the concept around license agreements and doing things the legal way, which I fully support hence the membership I pay for to be a premium member. So please do not feel I'm criticizing Crunchyroll for not just going ahead and streaming whatever they want, that is not the question/point I was trying ask/make.

While movies could (and probably are separate agreements) the sheer lack of anime movies and OVAs out there compared to parent shows suggests more then just unable to negotiate the rights. It's like saying while they've agreed to simulcast Naruto or Boruto for the last so many years, they've never been able to acquire any of the film rights? Especially the ones that are canonically part of the series. I find it hard to believe the majority of these are unable to be legally obtained, especially when Crunchyroll obviously has it's foot in the door on the material in the first place.

It's also not like Crunchyroll is unaware of these propertiies either, they often post news stories about their existence.


The international licensing for many shows tend to be handled by a television broadcast network, depending on how the members of the Japanese production committee agrees to divvy up the rights between the different members. Very often, new production committees, separate legal entities from the television series production committees, are created when producing movies or OVAs. For these, film distributors or theater chains may have joined the committees, and have been the companies that claimed the rights for international licensing. Since CR doesn't have as many strong ties with those companies, it's harder for them to secure rights to movies.
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The international licensing for many shows tend to be handled by a television broadcast network, depending on how the members of the Japanese production committee agrees to divvy up the rights between the different members. Very often, new production committees, separate legal entities from the television series production committees, are created when producing movies or OVAs. For these, film distributors or theater chains may have joined the committees, and have been the companies that claimed the rights for international licensing. Since CR doesn't have as many strong ties with those companies, it's harder for them to secure rights to movies.



Ahhh, okay I can wrap my head around that.

Thank you

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