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Posted 5/3/10
At least you could state clearly on the info page of each anime where they are available. If for exemple I check the page for Naruto, all I get is :

"This series has a region block, so some of you might not be able to watch it."

Something like: " this series is available in the U.S only" would be more helpful and more honest. At least I would not waste money getting premium if I know the shows I want to watch are not available where I live.
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Posted 5/7/10

BasouKazuma wrote:

This is not an error so it can't be "fixed". When we license shows we strive to secure as many territories as possible, but sometimes our licensors do not have the rights to all territories available to license to us. In order to continue to support the industry and be a reputable partner, we need to enforce that the shows we have on our site are only available in the territories that we have secured the proper licenses for. If a video is not available in your region, we’re sorry and are unable to offer a solution for that specific show at this time. There are some exceptions, for example, we were able to gain worldwide rights for Naruto Shippuden for Anime Members.

For a list of all the shows that are available in your region, please checkout the links below:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime?cat=alpha
http://www.crunchyroll.com/drama?cat=alpha


Well I think crunchyroll is lame! I think we should all leave crunchyroll and find some other sites that will fill our needs!!! Crunchyroll SUCKS!!!
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Posted 11/16/10

Tomya wrote:

If you guys really want to watch a series without these restrictions and of course not paying, u could always torrent the anime


Well Torrenting kills the anime industry since the anime industry isn't getting paid for torrenting, More people are torrenting and downloading and streaming anime illegally nowadays so I wouldn't be surprised if anime died in a few years.
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Posted 11/17/10
For a while, new series announcements have included region availability info, so people from countries where it was not available did not have to waste their time clicking on it only to be disappointed.

I would prefer if the region was in the part of the text on the front page, especially for the North American only series.

Recently, there has been a trend of not giving the region information at all. In the Ikki Tousen announcement, the way that kaikawa wrote it, you would think it was a worldwide outside of Japan release: absolutely no region restriction indicated.

Instead, it seems to be (but no way to tell for certain) North American only.

It is a sad fact of life that Crunchyroll can not always get the regions it wants, especially on catalog titles uploaded by North American rights holders. But Crunchyroll can always say what the availability is when making the announcement. Repeatedly leaving that out is simply not professional announcement writing.
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Posted 11/18/10

agila61 wrote:

For a while, new series announcements have included region availability info, so people from countries where it was not available did not have to waste their time clicking on it only to be disappointed.

I would prefer if the region was in the part of the text on the front page, especially for the North American only series.

Recently, there has been a trend of not giving the region information at all. In the Ikki Tousen announcement, the way that kaikawa wrote it, you would think it was a worldwide outside of Japan release: absolutely no region restriction indicated.

Instead, it seems to be (but no way to tell for certain) North American only.

It is a sad fact of life that Crunchyroll can not always get the regions it wants, especially on catalog titles uploaded by North American rights holders. But Crunchyroll can always say what the availability is when making the announcement. Repeatedly leaving that out is simply not professional announcement writing.


Agreed. Clarification on region availability for new releases would be most helpful and would prevent the brief confusion which occurs every time a new series is announced in the manner of Ikki Tousen. Regardless of how quick it may be to click to the page of one series to see if it's accessible, when you're speaking to a worldwide audience it comes across as rather unfair to announce availability which appears region-wide when in reality it's limited in number.
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Posted 11/18/10

Astria wrote: Agreed. Clarification on region availability for new releases would be most helpful and would prevent the brief confusion which occurs every time a new series is announced in the manner of Ikki Tousen. Regardless of how quick it may be to click to the page of one series to see if it's accessible, when you're speaking to a worldwide audience it comes across as rather unfair to announce availability which appears region-wide when in reality it's limited in number.
Precisely. "Oh, just click and see" as an attitude among staff writers translates into:

I would rather waste a minute or two by thousands and annoy thousands just to save a few minutes asking about region restrictions before starting to write the news.
... that's why I call it unprofessional.

Suppose that instead of the post as it was, it was (changes in blue):


keikawa wrote:

Hot news for North American members,

The title only needed to be 2 words because that's all it will take to elicit a wide range of reactions.
That said, Ikki Tousen has beaten its way into Crunchyroll and is here ...

...
Region note: the publisher of this anime on Crunchyroll only has streaming rights to the United States and Canada. If Crunchyroll is able to add streaming rights from other rights holders, we will be sure to let you know.


Seriously: how hard is that? ??

I know that the licensing people are working as hard as they can to get as many countries as they can ... but the staff writers need to get with the international outlook.
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Posted 11/19/10
The list for countries able to view the shows is incorrect. I am in Asia and I can't even watch any of the shows in Asia(Japan). Being in Japan for several months there definitely no subtitles on TV. Anyway, if would have been nice for an announcement to be made about the changes in viewing. Thanks Crunchyroll for letting a public relations nightmare brew.
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Posted 11/19/10

mars2k wrote:

The list for countries able to view the shows is incorrect. I am in Asia and I can't even watch any of the shows in Asia(Japan). Being in Japan for several months there definitely no subtitles on TV. Anyway, if would have been nice for an announcement to be made about the changes in viewing. Thanks Crunchyroll for letting a public relations nightmare brew.


Since January 2009, none of the videos have been available to be viewed while in Japan. I'll see if this can be made more clear. The full list shows up mainly for our partners and potential partners in Japan so they can easily see what is available.
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I'm considering getting premium membership when I realised I cant get all of the animes in the UK. So I read through this thread even thought its from 2010. and the only solution I can see from all this has already been mentioned (paying different prices for different countries). and the admin said this is too complicated. First off, wouldn't be easier if you just made different prices for similar regions that have plus/minus the same number of animes available. So you can have different prices for US, Europe, Asia etc and I really dont understand what this whole business is with user error and confusion, wouldnt people know in which county are they are in or what? and if anybody tries to cheat or something, you can trace their IP address to see which country there are from, or just record each IP and double check it. here is a good site for tracing IPs http://www.ipaddresslocation.org/
seriously you should do something about this, because its not fair that we pay the same price as US members but get less anime. I do love crunchyroll and I completely understand the licencing restrictions, but sitll.... I hope you sort out in the near future, and I'm talking about sorting out your prices not the licensing restrictions
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Posted 8/8/11
We already do IP detection but the complicated part is if you travel a lot or are detected as the wrong region when you sign up. Then we have to place 2 restrictions on people. 1 for the location they are in and another for the location they signed up from. To resolve, people would have to switch their membership package to their new region whenever they are in a different country. Without these restrictions, the system would be abused.

This makes things very complicated both for us and the user so we just leave it up to the user to decide whether or not to sign up based on the content that is available.
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Posted 8/9/11
I understand why the the regional restrictions are in place, but I think they should be made more clear that they exist in the first place. When I first started subscribing to CR all I watched was Naruto, so I never even realized that it would be a problem. Later on when I decided I wanted to try out some other anime I found I couldn't and I found this incredibly frustrating considering I was already paying a subscription fee.

The only reason I stopped subscribing to CR was because I lost my house and job in the Christchurch earthquake back in February, but had fully intended to start subscribing again once I secured a new job because the Naruto subs are really good quality and I thought the price was reasonable, but now I apparently can't watch _any_ anime due to living in NZ pretty much making the entire site worthless to me.
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Posted 8/13/11
is there a way to bypass-trick the region restrictions :(((((((((((((((((((((
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Posted 8/14/11

Emily3434 wrote:

is there a way to bypass-trick the region restrictions :(((((((((((((((((((((

Having a VPN that terminates in the United States will usually work. One free (ad supported) you can try is Hotspot Shield.

I've seen one message that indicated you only need it active during the login process, but as I am in the U.S., I have no way of testing if that is true.

I have also seen indications CR may now also be restricting what you can watch based on the country you signed up in. If true, that wouldn't be very fair for people that travel a lot. (If true, it would mean for example, that someone from the U.S. traveling to the U.K., would still be hit with the IP-restrictions there, but someone traveling from the U.K. to the U.S. would still be shackled to what they could watch in the U.K.). If anyone out there can confirm if this is indeed now true, let me know.

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Posted 8/15/11
We have no plans to have region restrictions based on anything other than IP address.
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Posted 8/17/11
So im currently in japan. Does dat mean i cant watch BLEACH?
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