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Posted 4/16/12

stephaniefairhall wrote: I have a premium membership and despite the fact that the animes i can watch are fairly limited i still feel as though it is worth it, not only can i watch unlimited anime for as little as $7 a month without ads but its opened up doors for me to watch many less popular animes that i probably wouldn't have been interested if not for the restrictions placed on the fact i live in Australia. Although it is frustrating and i do think that reigon restrictions should be lifted I think it is quite easy to say that crunchyroll is a brilliant website, everything we watch here is distributed legally and provides the people who make the animes with money so that this area of buisness does not die out, yes we can go and torrent various series but eventually the anime industry will die out because they're not being provided with the money they need to continue making these videos for us.

It also should be noted that since this thread started, things have improved a lot.

The original post talked about the problem of Sentai licensing series for North America alone, so when Crunchyroll sublicensed them, they were North America alone. Fall 2011 was the last three month season where that happened. In Winter 2011, most Sentai series were available in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and South Africa, in addition to North America. One was available in South America as well. Only one Sentai series was North America only.

And this season, same thing: most Sentai series available in those countries, one also available in South America.

Its 80% South Africa, 85% UK, 90% Australia, but that's a lot better for the bigger "English Speaking Countries".

The Middle East, Spanish America, the rest of Africa, and especially Asia have more region restrictions, but that also took a big step in the right direction this season with something like six series having "worldwide outside Japan for all premium members". It looks like TV Tokyo made that happen, since all of the series broadcast on TV Tokyo.

If those series earn enough money outside of the Sentai "Gridiron Plus Rugby Football" club, then we can hope that more series will get that kind of license in the future.

And, also, Go The Knights! Go The Jets!
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Posted 7/15/12
I've had my trial for almost a week and I must say I'm impressed with the progress on this subject. I live in the Netherlands and I used to watch only a very select few shows from CR. Now, as far as I can tell, I can watch everything from this season that I've been interested in.
I hope this continues to press on.

Along with the news of a PS3 and Samsung Smart TV apps incoming this year it is highly likely that I will sign up for your service.
It also makes me happy having bought my HDTV this year =)

So thank you for your hard work =)
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Region locks is the best way to tell me that I'm a second rate customer whose presence is tolerated rather than valued. And in my opinion, region locks is the best way to kill off Crunchyroll as a service. If I want to watch four shows in a season, and find that Crunchyroll only offers one of them in my country - then why not get all four off the underground channels? I mean, I would have to venture there for most of it anyway, right?

Hypotetically speaking and so on.

I want to support legal anime distributions. I love what crunchyroll is offering, and I generally think it is a brilliant service that I would - and am - recommending strongly. But when "please take my money" isn't good enough to get the anime I want, then what is?

As content forwarders, you people at Crunchyroll probably have hell to deal with the legislative insanity. But that is your job, and every time you fail to secure that license for obscure regions like "europe" and "anywhere outside the following list of approved US states", you also lose a little bit of that trust we have in you. Once Naruto stops airing in a few years, then only thing that will keep you going is the trust that you will be here and offer what is airing during the next season. The moment you are not, then you're going to stop getting money, go down, and I would not like to see that happening. Crunchyroll is too good a service to lose.

Last semester, Crunchyroll was offering 25% of the shows I wanted to watch. I don't consider this a brilliant result. To your defence, a few shows I wanted to watch just weren't available anywhere, and there is nothing much any of us can do about that. But the list of shows you DO have, which I cannot see because I am not on the important customer list is too large to disregard. It only takes one season of that number hitting 0%, and then I'll probably be gone for good.

Until then, keep up the work you are doing. The number of available shows has gone UP from 25% to 40% since the new season started, as far as I am concerned. But until we reach 100%, there is still room for improvement!
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Posted 7/19/12 , edited 7/19/12
Hey guys!
Well, when I came to CR this afternoon, I noticed that I could watch a lot of anime series I shouldn't watch because of region restriction, and I noticed as well that my country's flag which appears next to the "Language" option on the bottom of the site is missing. Do you know anything about this issue? I tried to delete my browser'scookies and cache, but everything is unchanged. Maybe it is a problem with their region detector system?

[Update]
I'm getting the same problem while using my iPad. I also noticed that the site is loading slowly while using my PC, but it works just fine with my iPad.
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Posted 7/20/12
Hmm same for me.
Well I dont mind saving the extra 2€/month for external solutions xD
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Posted 7/29/12 , edited 7/29/12
DirDanner you hit the nail right on the head. With so many anime region locked, not only on Crunchyroll but with DVDs and Blurays, it's such a comforting thought to know that we're second rate customers flung whatever can be spared by the kind hands of the officials and treated like discriminated minorities rather than valued as respected clients. I am really disappointed. I couldn't watch One Piece legally nor purchase the DVD collections because it's region locked only for US citizens and now I've come to find out many anime are region locked on this website as well. The website I thought liberated us from regional discrimination. Region locking will help anime and manga flourish outside of Japan just fine.

I'm more than ready to support the industry but because I'm not a US citizen I'm forced to feel like a rat crawling through the sewers below the privileged. Crunchyroll was any anime fan's dream, but dreams are always too good to be true. I guess we'll just have to become the savage neanderthals these corporate officials are disgusted by so in order to get by, huh? ARRRG!!!!!! THAR SHE BLOWS MATEYS!!!
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When I talked on the Aniplex producers panel at AnimagiC 2012 in Bonn / Germany to Atsuhiro Iwakami about the missing Aniplex anime for German CR's customers, he gave the answer, that the streaming rights were available for Germany, but they weren't purchased. I hope that everything was correctly translated but at least he said then, that they will think about changing the licensing politics so that it would be easier to allow more global streaming.

German viewers often don't need German subtitles and can understand English subs, so the language barrier isn't a big problem for us, so why do we get less anime than other non English-speaking countries? Only a small fraction of shows are released here on DVD/BD and a German simulcasting service won't be available soon, so CR is the only legal solution for us currently.
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Posted 7/30/12

TMSIDR wrote:

When I talked on the Aniplex producers panel at AnimagiC 2012 in Bonn / Germany to Atsuhiro Iwakami about the missing Aniplex anime for German CR's customers, he gave the answer, that the streaming rights were available for Germany, but they weren't purchased. I hope that everything was correctly translated but at least he said then, that they will think about changing the licensing politics so that it would be easier to allow more global streaming.

German viewers often don't need German subtitles and can understand English subs, so the language barrier isn't a big problem for us, so why do we get less anime than other non English-speaking countries? Only a small fraction of shows are released here on DVD/BD and a German simulcasting service won't be available soon, so CR is the only legal solution for us currently.


Germany probably gets less content because there aren't enough subscribers there to support it. If it costs $5000/month to license everything for Germany and the amount of income from Germany is only $2000/month then they can't afford to buy the German rights to everything. It may seem a bit stupid as less content would also mean less people becoming subscribers but Crunchyroll can't spend more than they make or they'll go out of business. They could spend more money on a country than the income from that country but the extra money still has to come from somewhere (such as from US subscribers).

Also the problem with recurring subscriptions in Germany probably has a large impact on how much Crunchyroll earns from Germany.

So basically you just have to hope it improves slowly or that some big change comes. Really the only way to improve the situation quickly is for the Japanese companies to be more lenient with licensing so that the less profitable countries have a chance to increase the amount of subscribers. The problem is that only some companies are willing to do that, such as TV Tokyo who make most of their content available worldwide.

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