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Posted 8/18/11
This is a really interesting subject to me and I have already commented that, from my uninformed position, crunchyroll.co.uk would be a stupidly-complex way of getting anime within the UK and would reflect the nature of the stupid law(s) that stop it. The fact that CR is now cashing in on specific UK anime deals seems to confirm demand is high here. Fully licensed CR would almost certainly be an improvement over AoD.

What I'd really like to know is how CR operates. Using "No.6" as an example, does CR go to Ya entertainment (distribution), Bones (studio) or Fuji TV?

What responses do you get when asking "why can't we stream to the uk?"

Practically speaking though the most annoying part has got to be that I'm paying CR to translate into English and [Looks around] yep! I'm in England!
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30 / M / California
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Posted 8/18/11
@chinitababe: Most of our content is not available in Japan so you will not be able to watch Bleach through our service.

@TheHellmonkey: We are already adding support for multi-country Crunchyroll domains. First will be Crunchyroll.ca and we'll go from there.

Unfortunately I don't know much about content acquisition so I wouldn't know the process for getting a show and obtaining region rights.
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Posted 8/20/11 , edited 8/20/11
I think Crunychroll isn't really as interested in international business these days, it's all about the U.S. It's a shame, but it is what it is and it was fun while it lasted, to have a good variety of new shows. It's a shame and that's all it is, so people shouldn't get too mad, they have a strategy for business and it's aimed at the american audience.

The way things are I wouldn't pay the same money as other users do to receive less, but I might check from time to time to see what's popped up.

I'm still very grateful to CR for past entertainment that's for sure
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Posted 8/21/11
Was something changed in the licensing restrictions in the last week or why not a single anime in the list you postet above is available for me anymore (Austria), including naruto where you said you have worldwide rights?
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20 / M / Somewhat in Asia.
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Posted 9/18/11 , edited 9/18/11

stevie_g wrote:

I think Crunychroll isn't really as interested in international business these days, it's all about the U.S. It's a shame, but it is what it is and it was fun while it lasted, to have a good variety of new shows. It's a shame and that's all it is, so people shouldn't get too mad, they have a strategy for business and it's aimed at the american audience.

The way things are I wouldn't pay the same money as other users do to receive less, but I might check from time to time to see what's popped up.

I'm still very grateful to CR for past entertainment that's for sure


Agreed. Crunchyroll stop offering anime for UK and S.E.Asia audiences since the Summer Anime lineup although there is a high demand for it. A few seasons back, they offered a couple of anime series for Europe and Asia but now they stopped it for no reason. Many people say this is because of the arrival of AoD in UK which causes many titles to move to AoD. Now, I have doubts that they will offer anime titles for the international market in the future.

SHAME ON YOU CRUNCHYROLL!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 9/27/11
Chill out ppl. CR does what they can. I'm not expecting them to go out of their way to licence all the anime in my country (Lithuania, EU). Although the fact that I can't stream a lot of my favorite series does kinda suck. Well... if Japanese (or whoever the license fees goes to .. I hope japanese) don't want my money then its their problem.
Meanwhile I'll just watch what I can on CR and the rest ... i'll get from my favorite torrent site. I do want to support Anime industry but If I its not available legally then its not availbale. Emm no - 100$+ per dvd (price+shiping+vat+import fees ... ) direct import is not exactly available, not with avg Lithuanians income, not by a long shot, also my japanese isn't that good. Plus ... with fansubs you get Karaoke Why doesn't CR do karaoke? Nothing fancy just a simple translation would be nice.

Bottom line.
Yes region locks are ridiculous, but you are baking up the wrong tree. go bark to copyright holders. Better yet, send a letter writing that there is a bigger or smaller market around the world and they can either cash in on that demand (preferably through CR ) or they can ignore it, but demand WILL be satisfied either way.
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Posted 9/28/11
you can use a VPN acount in USA, like me is easy and safe the only problem is the cost is almost the same as the suscription i have one in Strong VPN for 7 dollars for month, but you can use with netflix, hulu and many more.
Also a spanish traslation dont hurt.
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21 / M / The Netherlands
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Posted 10/9/11
Please try to get more animes to the Netherlands, Thank you.
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Posted 10/18/11 , edited 10/18/11
crunchyroll is not the only site with region restriction shows. They can't do anything about it if they want to keep the rights.
Look at other big sites with region restriction... Hulu, BBC iplayer, tv.com... just to name a few on to of all the TV sites themselves.

Be smart about how you ask for something. Why wouldn't CR not do anything to make the shows viewable worldwide? it's in their best interest so they would if they could.
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50 / M / Amsterdam
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Posted 10/25/11
It's very very strange that I get to see this following message:

"Sorry, this video is not available in your region due to licensing restrictions. We are trying to obtain worldwide rights for this title, please be patient."

While trying to open episode 3 from horizon in the middle of nowhere while I've seen episode 1 and 2 of this series last week!?
(can't start them anymore either)

It's getting pretty annoying that there are so many new series that are not available for me to see and that I have to watch some old stuff cause I've already seen the view new releases that I am allowed to see in the Netherlands. Guess I have no other option than to quit my membership with CR and go back to DL from torrent sites in the near future.
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56 / M / U.S.A. (mid-south)
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Posted 10/25/11

Sailfish wrote:

It's very very strange that I get to see this following message:

"Sorry, this video is not available in your region due to licensing restrictions. We are trying to obtain worldwide rights for this title, please be patient."

While trying to open episode 3 from horizon in the middle of nowhere while I've seen episode 1 and 2 of this series last week!?
(can't start them anymore either)

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere was licensed from a North American company (Sentai), so they never had rights outside of the U.S. and Canada to re-license to Crunchyroll. The fact that you were able to view the first two episodes was an error on Crunchyroll's part, only this time it was in your favor, but that error has now been corrected.

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Posted 10/28/11 , edited 10/28/11
I also had this problem but only once. I watched several videos at a time then the thing just cut me off--- *vanished*
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29 / M / australia
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Posted 10/28/11
I AGREE WITH THE SWEDISH BLOKE IM CANCELLING MY MEMBERSHIP RIGHT NOW, BEEN A MEMBER FOR A YEAR NOW AND YOUR ANIME LISTS FOR ANYWHERE BUT JAPAN OR AMERICA SUCK ASSSSSS, I REPEAT SUCK ASSSSSSSSS YOU SAY YOU WILL GET NEW ANIME FOR US BUT CAUSE IM IN AUSTRALIA THERES LICENCE RESTRICTIONS, ITS FRIGIN LAME,NOT TO MENTION YOUR STUPID RIDICULOUS TROPHY SYSTEM AND GIFT PASSES FOR A DAY USAGE TO SEND TO FRIENDS WHICH COME THROUGH ALL THE TIME AS WELL AS TROPHIES OF THE SAME SORT REAPPEARING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER, YOUR VIDEOS ARE ALWAYS BLOCKY AND FREEZE UP AND WHY WOULD I TELLL MY FRIENDS ABOUT THIS SITE WHEN ITS FRIGIN LAME AS U get 2 out of 10 cause you STILL HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING TO MAKE THIS SITE BETTER EVEN WITH THE SUPPPOSED 20 to 30 ppl workin on the site YOU MAY AS WELL SLAP A STICKER ON THIS SITE LIKE FUNIMATION SAYING ONLY FOR AMERICANS AND JAPANESE COUNTRY USERS ITS LAME AND OBVIOUSLY IM UPSET OVER IT, AS ARE MANY AUSTRALIANS AND PPL FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, YOU DONT EVEN HAVE ONE PIECE YET WHICH OBVIOUSLY IS NOT RESTRICTED FOR AUSTRALIA,BALLS TO THE GUTTER
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Posted 10/29/11
Gee, that's some anger. Not that I can't understand where you're coming from.

I would've become a paying member of CrunchyRoll a long time ago if I didn't get the feeling that I'd be paying full price for half of the goodness our US-friends get. (Though the lack of payment options tailored to non-US citizens doesn't really help either, but at least that's surmountable with some effort.) Of course, licencing is a complicated business when licences for all sorts of series have been distributed in fragmented form across the globe. Any reasonable person can empathize with the impossibility of offering all series to everyone.

However, CR should make more an effort to be honest about it; it is very intransparant right now just how much of a difference between the selections offered in various regions there is. The only way I found out was using a proxy to check the anime selection page. If you do not make this clear right from the outset, people will later (in my case during the trial, for others it might be after they have already paid making them more upset) feel like they are being cheated or getting a bad deal. You would probably want to supplement this with a discount on the membership fee for non-Americans, this will help take away the feeling of paying for half service (or worse, bankrolling cheap anime for Americans) and moreover make it clear that you take these restrictions seriously and that you have created a self-imposed incentive for getting worldwide rights. (In spite of your message of trying to get worldwide rights for for example Hitman Reborn, after some time it is hard not to get skeptical about the amount of effort/funds being invested in this.)

Let me conclude with saying that I do think CR is a wonderful concept, the fact that it tries to cater to a global audience is a GOOD thing, and offering free simulcasts combined with 720p and extra for subscribers is truly enlighted and laudable. I'd love to give you my business, and also to contribute to the anime industry, but I do feel that as a customer demographic I am not receiving the consideration I ought to be entitled to and I suspect there are many alongside me. (Of course, I may be overestimating the size of the non-US demographic that would potentially pay, in which case your reluctance to invest too much in it is somewhat understandable though the one-price-fits-all remains sour.)
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Posted 10/31/11 , edited 10/31/11
Lately I have noticed that Crunchyroll get their titles from US licensing companies like Sentai Flimworks instead from actual producers from Japan itself. This may have resulted that many titles are for US only due to licensing restrictions obtained from US companies. This also shows that Crunchyroll is seriously NOT interested in worldwide streaming rights and instead take a lazy approach to obtain stimulcasts. Unless Crunchyroll is transparent about how they are getting licensing rights for anime series, we can make assumtions that Crunchyroll is pretty lazy and does not give a shit about other regions even though there is more demand in other countries than US itself. Plus, the licensing fee for worldwide would be much cheaper if Crunchyroll reduces the amount of time the stimulcasts are available like removing a show after the series is aired on TV instead of leaving it forever and adds sponsors from all across the globe. Crunchyroll has lots of potential but I am very dissapointed that it only caters for US customers and cheating on customers by offering very little titles for worldwide while charging us full price as much as US customers. I won't be suprised if the anime industry is dying due to not from piracy, but from greed from corporations that doesn't allow free streaming with ads.
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