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Posted 7/16/09

mozychan wrote:

I just noticed that tv.com is embedding crunchyroll vids....

and Bosttv.com hasn't been loading for some time now, maybe they've died. I'm also not seeing anime on Direct2Drive anymore either.

vuze... is that place even legit? maybe at one time, but right now they aren't looking too good.

-moose


BostTV is most likely dead.
I think Direct2Drive just totally went with just offering games or are updating.

Vuze has ties with Toei. Some of the titles are available for download on Vuze.
http://www.toei-anim.com/
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Posted 7/17/09 , edited 7/17/09

zendude wrote:

Vuze has ties with Toei. Some of the titles are available for download on Vuze.
http://www.toei-anim.com/

ah yes, that's where i've seen them... i'm just weary of them because it appears they have user uploaded content, similar to veoh. but i haven't actually used there product to know any better.

fyi, Bandaichannel (and their japanese affiliates like BIGLOBE and Newtype) appear to have wised up and added regional restrictions to their videos. so they're no longer available in the US. which is really disappointing because they've recently uploaded Evangelion 1.01 available for only 525-yen.

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mozychan wrote:
fyi, Bandaichannel (and their japanese affiliates like BIGLOBE and Newtype) appear to have wised up and added regional restrictions to their videos. so they're no longer available in the US. which is really disappointing because they've recently uploaded Evangelion 1.01 available for only 525-yen.

b-ch.net itself put in IP restrictions a while back, but many affiliate sites don't.
(Most rental affiliate sites link back to b-ch.net for their free episodes, meaning trying to see the free ep 1 of a show before you rent the rest can sometimes be a pain.)

But BIGLOBE's Anime-1 (http://anime.biglobe.ne.jp/) free streams work fine outside Japan. I'm currently watching Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, Basquash!, Princess Lover, Umimonogatari, and Element Hunters here.

For rental, I've been using http://bb.goo.ne.jp/ as well as http://www.dot-anime.com/ (the latter also sells download music).

For Eva, for example, if you'd like to stream it, here's the page on dot-anime:
http://www.dot-anime.com/vod/ttl_2224.html

Or if you'd prefer to download a file instead of stream (watch period is enforced by DRM time limit), Videx is the place:
http://www.videx.jp/detail/anime/v_a_bandaichannel/abch0420_0001/index.htm
(I've used Videx outside Japan, also.)

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b-ch.net itself put in IP restrictions a while back, but many affiliate sites don't.
(Most rental affiliate sites link back to b-ch.net for their free episodes, meaning trying to see the free ep 1 of a show before you rent the rest can sometimes be a pain.
Yes, this is what I was referring to.

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Posted 7/17/09

mozychan wrote:


Kagami_NT wrote:

b-ch.net itself put in IP restrictions a while back, but many affiliate sites don't.
(Most rental affiliate sites link back to b-ch.net for their free episodes, meaning trying to see the free ep 1 of a show before you rent the rest can sometimes be a pain.
Yes, this is what I was referring to.

My recommendation on those is to use Anime-1.
(You need to make a free Anime-1 account to watch stuff there.)

For example, Toradora!
If you go to most BC affiliates, like say goo, the free first ep links back to b-ch, blocking foreign IPs.
http://bb.goo.ne.jp/anime/program/toradora/00/index.html

But if you go to Anime-1, they host the file themselves in their own player:
http://anime.biglobe.ne.jp/view/index?id=1624&story=1

I don't actually use Anime-1 to rent, though, because the separate Biglobe ID signup for paid content requires a Japanese mailing address to mail an actual physical membership card to. So I wind up watching the free ep(s) at Anime-1 and then renting at Videx/goo/dot-anime/Vienna/etc. that don't require mailing addresses.

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This is a compiled list of legal Anime streaming and downloading sites.
I will try to keep this list as accurate and updated as possible.
Thanks for looking and enjoy.


Quick notes about these sites:
- Most of these services are only available for the North American audience, unless stated otherwise.
- All the streaming sites, unless otherwise noted, offer free viewing of their content.
- If an episode is available for download, usually a nominal fee is required, about $1.99.


Streaming Sites:


crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/
*http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/IndexAnime
- Basic membership lets the user view almost everything, but there is a "week" waiting period for the newer content.
- The site requires a Star Membership to use some of it’s features like “advanced” viewing, 480p or “720p” "quality," and to access some of it’s contents.
- Episodes can be purchased and downloaded here http://www.crunchyroll.com/store.
- The shows' episode release dates are here http://www.crunchyroll.com/launchcalendar.


FUNimation: http://www.funimation.com/
*http://www.funimation.com/video/
*FUNimation Download-To-Own Video Store: http://www.funimation.com/f_index.cfm?page=vod
*Veoh Channel: http://www.veoh.com/search/videos/q/publisher:FUNimation
- Shows update weekly with maybe one or two episodes.
- Episodes are available for download for $1.99.


The Anime Network: http://www.theanimenetwork.com/
*http://www.theanimenetwork.com/index.php?option=com_vods&Itemid=62
- A registered account is required to access the series. Most series are subjected to a subscription fee, which is $6.95 a month.


Hulu: http://hulu.com
*http://www.hulu.com/search?page=1&query=anime&sort_by=relevance&type=episode
- Like that of regular T.V. shows, there will be the "occasional" commercial breaks.
- Most of the videos allow the user to watch the video at either 360p or 480p quality.


Joost: http://www.joost.com/
*http://www.joost.com/epg/us/shows/animation/anime/o/channel/a-z/thumbnail/
- This is within the same ballpark as the Hulu description, with the exception of not having a 480p option.


Naruto.com: http://naruto.viz.com/
- They have Naruto Shippuden from the beginning to the latest episodes; updates weekly.


Cartoon Network: http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/
*http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/index.html


[adult swim]: http://www.adultswim.com/
*http://www.adultswim.com/video/index.html
- This site doesn't have an accumulative collection of the series' episodes. They typically stream what episode is going to be aired on their time block.
- All series are in English.


Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/
- A memberships is required to view the content. Plans start as low as $4.99/month.
- Show of the content here can or can't be viewed online. It just depends.
- Thanks to mozychan for the info


4Kids: http://www.4kidstv.com/
- All series are in English.


Anime News Network: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/
*http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/video/anime
- The series here are just a repeat of what is listed above, mostly from FUNimation. This is more like a embedded site than a site that hosts videos.


Gaia Online: http://www.gaiaonline.com/
*http://www.gaiaonline.com/cinema/movies/
- An account is required to view these shows.


IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/
*http://www.imdb.com/features/video/browse/tv/
- Credit to TheUndeadLord for the information
- "streams a few series as well. (nevermind, they're all courtesy of Hulu =/)" ~TheUndeadLord


GONG: http://www.gonganime.com/
*http://www.joost.com/01300a7/t/GONG
*http://www.joost.com/013a2wy/t/GONG-NATIVE


YouTube Channels:

YouTube Animation & Cartoons: http://www.youtube.com/shows?s=sp&t=&b=2&cr=US&p=1
or this http://www.youtube.com/shows?s=sn&b=2

FUNimation: http://www.youtube.com/user/FUNimation
- Some of these videos are in parts.
- There is a HQ, high quality, option for some of the series.

Bandai: http://www.youtube.com/user/BandaiEntertainment

animenetwork: http://www.youtube.com/user/animenetwork

Kadokawa Entertainment: http://www.youtube.com/user/KADOKAWAanime
- Available Worldwide
- Thanks to ps2xgmr for the info

GONG: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GONG&view=playlists

4Kids: http://www.youtube.com/user/4kidstv?blend=2&ob=4


If you speak Japanese, try these out:
Toei Animation- http://www.anime-bb.com/
Anime One- http://anime.biglobe.ne.jp/ (Change from BIGLOBE- http://broadband.biglobe.ne.jp/)
Anime Newtype Channel- http://anime.webnt.jp/
- Thanks to mozychan for the info



Download Sites:


Direct2Drive: http://www.direct2drive.com/
*http://www.direct2drive.com/genre.aspx?gid=143&
- On average, each episode is about $1.99, and full-featured films are about $15.00. Payment is via Paypal.
- Technical notes:
*Typical Episode Size: 300-600mb
*Typical Movie Size: 1.5-2.5GB
*File Type: Microsoft Windows Media(WMV)
*Video Quality: High Quality 3 MBPS
*Sound Quality: 128 Kbps Stereo
*Activations: 2 PC


BOST TV: http://www.bosttv.com/
*http://www.bosttv.com/store/
- Episodes are bought in a points system. On average, the price per episode is 100 points, and 500 points is $10.00, which is acquired using paypal.
- Available worldwide.


Vuze: http://www.vuze.com/app
*http://www.vuze.com/content/BucketBrowse.htm?sp=SMOVIE&sp=X&sp=X&sp=1&sp=SAZHOT&sp=STODAY&sp=X&sp=X&sp=S&sp=l193&sp=X&sp=X&sp=0&sp=SALL
- Free Download
- Requires Torrent-like software to download.


TotalVid: http://totalvid.com
*http://totalvid.com/Anime-Videos/1
- Offers 7 days trial unlimited download and plans starting from only $9.99 per month.


ADVFilms: http://www.advfilms.com
*http://www.advfilms.com/buy/video-downloads/shop.aspx?categoryid=3427&pg=1&filter=


iTunes: http://www.apple.com/itunes/
- They sell Anime episodes for $1.99.
- iTunes software is required.


Microsoft Download Sites:
*Zune.net: http://social.zune.net/video/SeriesGallery.aspx?Genre=animation&SortBy=TopShows
*Xbox Live: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/videos/catalog.aspx?d=2&h=0&r=-1&g=1116&sb=1&s=-1&mt=2&rl=0&p=1
- Thanks to mozychan for the info


Amazon Video On Demand Anime Store: http://www.amazon.com/
*http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=dv_hp_TVAnimeNav?ie=UTF8&docId=1000063081&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=left-1&pf_rd_r=0F3WYT7EHC348KAZSGFA&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=472164671&pf_rd_i=16261631
- Mostly FUNimation titles
- They sell Anime episodes for $1.99.
- Thanks to mozychan for the info



Articles on Anime and Licensing and Copyright:
- Licensing by Brennan
* This is a very condensed wikiroll article on licensing, copyright, fansubbing, and crunchyroll.
- How Fansubs Steal from Studios, One Episode at a time by DomFortress
* "A spirited discussion on [the] crunchyroll forums, where user DomFortress explains how illegal fansubs [and distribution practices] hurt the [Anime] industry"
- I will not discuss (argue) about the legality of Fansubs, other "Anime" streaming site, and the like on this thread, as there has been more than a handful of them going around the Anime community and on this site especially. I listed these sites as legal because they more than comply with the copyright law practices in the U.S. and Japan.



Closing Notes:
- If you have any knowledge of any more sites like these, legal and such (one that has ties with the Anime companies), please share them.
- Suggestions, comments, corrections, random crap, anything else?

Again, thanks for looking, and I hope that this thread helped you.
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News and Updates:

7/18/09
- Bandai Tries New Anime Business Model
- Gonzo has added more titles in the crunchyroll library: Gankutsuou and Gad Guard.
*I have suspected for a while now that gonzo will be adding more of their content here, including some of their selections that hasn't been to the U.S. Though, for now, the titles that are being added here are ones that have already been release in DVD in the R1 region.

7/16/09
- The FUNimation video portal is again streaming simulcasts of Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ after the incident with leaked advanced episodes that happened several weeks ago.
- Bandai Entertainment Adds Kannagi Anime DVDs & Streams
*AnimeNewsNetwork and the Kannagi fan website are streaming Kannagi with two new episodes a week for three weeks.
- Shueisha's Yokuwakaru Gendai Mahou is Top New Simulcast Crunchyroll
*MOAR LOLIS

7/09/09
- Crunchyroll Streams 'Altered' Charger Girl Ju-den Chan
*This is the censored version.
- Crunchyroll Streams Kanamemo
*I think that Shinji is a lolicon.

7/05/09
- Keynote, Day 3: Kun Gao on Anime on the Internet
*Kun Gao, crunchyroll CEO and co-founder, comments on the transition of the Anime from the DVD to the internet and how this new model is going to affect the future of Anime.
- Keynote, Day Two: Shawne Kleckner on the state of the Anime Industry
*Shawne Kleckner, CEO of The Right Stuf International, addresses current the state of the Anime Industry. This mentions current business model, the adaption of an online distribution model, and the model that is to be taken to restore the U.S. Anime industry from what it is now.
- Crunchyroll Adds Kanamemo, Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō, Jūden-chan
- Added YouTube Animation & Cartoons channel and FUNimation Download-To-Own Video Store
- Anime Market Decline Slowing
- Crunchyroll Indicates Plans to Simulcast Aoi Hana
- Joost Reorganizes, Shifts Focus from Own Ad-Based Site
*This is yet a comment on what the site is going to do with its Anime content. Most of the Anime here can be found on the Hulu site.
- Sherlock Hound & Galaxy High School
- Crunchyroll Adds Kunio Katō's Oscar-Winning Petits Cubes
- Aoi Hana is Here!
- Funimation to Host Shodojo.com Social Community Site
*This is probably a FUNimation version of the crunchyroll site. The motto is "1000s OF EPISODES, 1000s OF FRIENDS, WAITING FOR YOU." The site is still in beta and has yet to have any content. You can check it out here http://www.shodojo.com/. If or when this site opens, it will be added to the list.
- Bandai Entertainment Adds Eureka 7 Film, Streams TV Series (Updated)
- Eureka Seven 1-8 now streaming for free on ANN



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