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UK Licensing for anime
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Posted 1/31/10
Hi guys,

Just a quick question. Why are so few animes UK licenced for viewing on Crunchyroll in comparison to US animes?

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Posted 2/3/10

GMScribe wrote:

Hi guys,

Just a quick question. Why are so few animes UK licenced for viewing on Crunchyroll in comparison to US animes?

Cheers


We're based in the US and the majority of the viewers come from the US so we have to ensure that everything is available in the US and then see what other countries we can get them available in. You can see the percentage of visitors by country here:
http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/crunchyroll.com#demographics

That said, the UK should have a much better selection than many other regions. We have 100 Anime shows/movies available for people in the UK and 148 total.
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Posted 2/3/10
I completely understand aiming for the homeland first. Just please don't forget that it could be a chicken before the egg scenario. Crunchy-roll is the best place to get new shows ASAP, if they were licensed in the UK from the beginning you may see UK popularity increase.

From a sob story point of view very few animes are ever licensed in the UK and so sites like crunchy are the only places we can go to watch them, especially when a US company licences the anime, pulling English copies off the net, then we're left with nothing most of the time =(

I guess I've just hit bad luck that the shows I'm most interested in are in that remaining 48.

Cheers for the feedback.
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Posted 9/21/10 , edited 8/4/15

BasouKazuma wrote:


GMScribe wrote:

Hi guys,

Just a quick question. Why are so few animes UK licenced for viewing on Crunchyroll in comparison to US animes?

Cheers


We're based in the US and the majority of the viewers come from the US so we have to ensure that everything is available in the US and then see what other countries we can get them available in. You can see the percentage of visitors by country here:
http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/crunchyroll.com#demographics

That said, the UK should have a much better selection than many other regions. We have 100 Anime shows/movies available for people in the UK and 148 total.


Please ask for a license for some of the anime because it's really ticking me off that I don't get to watch them and only american assholes do.
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Posted 9/21/10
We do ask but that doesn't mean we'll gain the rights since it's more complicated than that.
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Posted 9/22/10
What if we help Crunchyroll to get more members in the regions with a low percentage, it could license more anime in these regions?

What percentage or number of new members would be needed?

What if we got the required amount, one could get subtitles in Spanish for Latin Americal?

I know that Crunchyroll is focused originally united states, but would be great if you could expand into Latin America, it has long been disappearing anime on television, the main reason which draws on the fansubs.

So it would be very useful a figure of the number of members needed for each goal. Being so easy to organize a campaign to support the legal anime, along with Crunchyroll.

sorry if not well understood because I use google translator
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Posted 9/23/10
It just not all that simple. They have to deal with the Distributer that has it in that country who has the rights and bunch of lawyers and all that fun stuff. The UK in itself just does not get a lot of licensed anime in general so It just makes it even harder. I may be wrong here but you have to then deal with the original people who own the rights and ask for permission if they can stream it online on CR. Then you have the music that has its own rights and just makes things even more complicated.

It all goes back to NTSF/PAL. Dont blame CR blame lawyers and your country for making these that every country has to have a region code just to play DVD. It's the same thing with Digital rights and its more of a mess then ever. CR is doing their best as they can with digital rights with anime.
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Posted 9/30/10

GMScribe wrote:

Hi guys,

Just a quick question. Why are so few animes UK licenced for viewing on Crunchyroll in comparison to US animes?

Cheers


If you look at simulcasts, which are normally deals with the original rights holders, I think its only Yumeiro Patissiere that was left out for the UK in Summer, and it looks the same in Fall. Some holes in the Australia/NZ rights, some holes for Latin America, BIG holes for European countries outside of the "North Sea" group ... but for the UK and Ireland, looks like just that one missing so far.

Yumeiro Patissiere international rights are handled by Dentsu. If Dentsu is not selling streaming rights elsewhere, leaving the stream blocked in so many countries is just silly: it only encourages illegal fansubs and rips.

However, Dentsu is one of the largest advertising companies on the planet, so it may be hard for Crunchyroll to get through to such a big company that their strategy makes little sense.

Its the back catalog titles that are responsible for almost all of the gap. Many of those are uploaded by the North American rights holder, and if they do not have streaming rights in other countries, Crunchyroll get rights from them that they do not hold. it would take cooperation with either the rights holders in other countries or the original rights holders to add more countries.

Anytime you add more companies to the negotiation, it gets harder.

Crunchyroll is still a small, growing company, and its been involved in some big deals this year: partnerships with TV Tokyo and Bitway, getting Bleach this summer, expanding the TV Tokyo package to eight simulcasts (five continuing, three new), landing the Kadokawa Pictures deal which will be three simulcasts and some form of streaming of 13 catalog titles. Right now they are in the final push to get the new Fall season up and running, but it would be great if there was an opening after the Fall season is up and running to sift through their catalog and land new country rights for some of their existing catalog titles.
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Question, the other day i found out i was being blocked from certain anime and jap dramas, i brought up this problem & not long after these were made avaliable to me. I have relogged in today and they have all dissapeared again, can someone please explain to me why this is happening. I live in the UK in england and im being blocked from Naruto & Saki eg & also dramas.... i dont understand & its ticking me off.
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Posted 8/21/12
Is there a list of anime and shows that are available in the us but not in the uk?
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Posted 8/21/12

matt0224 wrote:

Is there a list of anime and shows that are available in the us but not in the uk?

Not likely, since someone would need access to both lists. If you want to be depressed, however, here is what shows up on the U.S. list:

But don't take even this list as gospel. For example, Steins;Gate is still listed, but hasn't been available here for some time (since end of last year, as I recall). The only video that remains for it is the preview.

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Posted 8/23/12
Good Lord. Anyone want to have a quick laugh? Take a gander at the things Germany is getting.
I had not been aware of just how much there is missing before. (I mean "before" as in about fifteen minutes ago, when I decided to register.)

Well, at least we get both that interminable ninja cartoon and its silly spin-off. Got to have that!
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Posted 9/1/12
"the stupidity of the license owner"
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Posted 9/1/12
Such a shame, was hoping to watch Steins;Gate but alas...Licensing strikes again.
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Posted 9/1/12

Erzaah wrote:

Such a shame, was hoping to watch Steins;Gate but alas...Licensing strikes again.

It's funny because I think the UK is one of the only places right now where you can see the whole of Steins;Gate legally (at www.anime-on-demand.com).
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