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Posted 4/30/10

nexusmaylo wrote: They use RTMP which is known for bad shuddering and seeking issues. Also they still need to work on their oh so exclusive regional problems.


I've not seen a cross platform / cross browser player that's substantially better, but of course if they use a player with "known issues", I guess I have to believe that rather than my lying eyes.

What are the "oh so exclusive regional problems" with the player? There are countries where their player has special problems? I have heard lots of complaints about the region restrictions, but that is the fault of the crazy quilt system of rights agreements in Tokyo ... I have never heard of the player being unable to work in a specific country.
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llamaben wrote:
I do agree, however, that horriblesubs, and rippers (even cams) need to be stopped somehow.


They can't be stopped, but the competition they support from the bootleg streamers can be fought and kept in check. It requires finding the weak link in the bootleg streaming sites, and hitting them there ... and that is their reliance on the free video streaming sites to host their streams (because there is no way they can afford to host streams on their revenue base).

Its like weeding a garden - if you want a good harvest, you've got to put in some time on weeding.

If there was someone at Crunchyroll that a volunteer group could forward links to, a volunteer group could easily data-mine the host links from the bootleg streaming sites, and then the rips would stay up for about a day at a time, and it would eventually just be too much trouble for the bootleg streaming sites to keep uploading the rips to Veoh, Megavideo and MySpace ... the volunteers for the streaming sites that are uploading the rips would get frustrated and quit if their uploads never stay online for any length of time.

That would still leave the torrents, but those that wanted the ease of use of online streaming would end up coming to CR or similar.
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pika-pika-shuuichi wrote:

So we are really going for 100%, huh?


It kind of makes you wonder what FUNimation, Section23/ADV, Anime Works/Media Blasters, Bandai, and Right Stuf have to say about that.


First, are we really, truly at 50%? There seem to be 34 animes airing on the chartfaq chart ...
... http://chartfag.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/spring-2010-v2march.jpg

... and that does not seem to include the big "platform" series like Naruto and OnePiece ... and CR has 11. We'd need 6 more to hit 17.

Unless some of the anime in the chartfaq list are cable-only, and the "50%" means broadcast television?

Funimation simulcasts OnePiece, House of Five Leaves and Tatami Galaxy, and the Animation Network (Sentai Filmworks, Section23, etc ... the "once was ADV" family) simulcasts as well. Its simply impossible to get streaming rights to all of those inside North America direct from the production committee, because for some of them the streaming rights have already been sold.

So 100% clearly means cross-streaming agreements. And that is very good news indeed.

What CR can do that the R1 DVD distributors are not interested in is getting streaming rights for other regions - R2 outside of Japan (Europe and South Africa) and R4 (Latin America, Australia and New Zealand) in particular, and also R3 if they can work out a deal with the cable or satellite channel or DVD distributors that seems to block streaming rights of most anime to Southeast Asia (Region3).
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mitamaking wrote:

My hopes this year are to complete all my ongoing/stalled shows, Fairy Musketeers, Fist of the North Star, Galaxy Express 999, Hayate no Gotoku!!, Natsu no Arashi(season 2), Pretty Cure, Slam Dunk, Tegami Bacchi, and Book of Bantora.


Start Tegami Bachi now! Its coming back in the fall, and the summer lineup is normally a lot bigger than the spring lineup, so there's likely to be shows you'll want to follow as they come out in the summer!
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zeroryoko1974 wrote:

To quote the OP "In only one short year, we've done so much. Starting with only a couple simulcasts on Jan 1st, 2009, we now have over 50% of all anime shows being broadcast in Japan" I guess it should read" In only one short year, we've done so much. Starting with only a couple simulcasts on Jan 1st, 2009, we now have over 50% of only certain titles that we decide to include in that 50% of all anime shows being broadcast in Japan" It would be like me saying, i am the richest person in the world, not including everyone who is richer then me.


But when they said they had 50% that was not just their list ... it was all the widely available fan lists of animes broadcasting in Japan.

If they are aiming at 100%, they have got to start getting that share going in the upward direction, since its been slipping for two seasons in a row.

On the other hand, others have been following their lead, and now Funimation are simulcasting three shows that I know if, Anime Network are simulcasting some ... if CR was able to work out cross-streaming agreements, they could quickly get back up to 50%, and be in a position to climb from there. The hard part is probably not reaching an agreement with Funimation / Sentai Filmworks / etc., but in getting streaming rights outside of the US alone.
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