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honestly.. regular members doesnt enjoy cr like the premium members, i know they should have more prviledge but the difference is too great.. when it comes to membership, the previous community was really better.

and subbing? not that great too and u know what im talking about and restrictions like on bleach..

unless they are able to offer the most animes and dramas, they shouldnt call cr "THE OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR ANIME AND DRAMA"

ive been in cr for a long time and i know how it became boring for regular members.. most members gone inactive and groups closed..
i dont know but im still trying to enjoy the site though not because of the animes or dramas (esp dramas which i never knew existed) but because of the buddies i talk to..

and speaking of talking? posting on guestbooks really became a pain when u have to write two words to post something, i mean what the hell is the purpose of those words? its like im signing up on a site over and over.. its really ANNOYING.. and Shinji, you better be reading this
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I love it! Just wish for more anime titles, manga and song translation. Mostly though for more anime titles.
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TheAncientOne wrote:


Lodium wrote:
Im not agreeing with you.
Lets take something like cable tv or even satelite channels,
If i pay for a packet of services that include Sky tv, CBS news, Discovery, Disney channel, etc , etc
i expect to be able to see all those channels, if i dont watch the channels its because i choose to do so, its my choice but im still paying for it which means i can see it if i want to.
Funnely enough most of the shows ive mentioned now i can see withouth fearing that the content is blocked due to region licencing even though its produced in USA, because i pay for that services.

Is that same satellite package available to everyone, worldwide? If not, then it is region restricted.

I assume you are not in the United States. If not, how are you certain that the programs you see on Discovery and Disney are all the same ones available to viewers of those channels here? Both those channels own a lot of the content they broadcast, but not all of it. If they don't, they can't broadcast it to a region without having the appropriate licensing from the company that holds the rights to the program, and would substitute something else. We have a few "superstations" here in the U.S., that substitute other programming for their cable and satellite feeds when a license for a program covers only their local market.

I would wager if we compared the lineup of programs on your Discovery and Disney channels to mine here in the U.S., there would be some programs on mine that were missing from yours.


Even more silly is the claim that the companys have to get rigtshs to broadcast that particular show in that or that contry.
I mean its internett, who have put licencing borders whithin the internet? it dosnt exist, unless they resently suddenly decided to include that, and if it does excist, why can i then watch some stuff streamed which i shoudnt be able to see in theory?
For instance streamed cbs news....

CBS news is perhaps one of the worst examples, as I doubt they broadcast any content except their own. They can easily withhold internet streaming rights for their content if they license it for broadcast in other regions.

As a counterpoint, try streaming news or other programming from the BBC (assuming you are outside the UK), and see what you get:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00sy2wl/BBC_News_at_Six_29_06_2010/

The licensing borders don't exist in the internet, they exist in the real world. Broadcast rights are typically sold by region or even country. Video publication rights are the same. Merchandising rights are the same. Even book publication rights are typically licensed by region or country. So naturally, rights for streaming over the internet are the same. That may seem counter-intuitive, but you have a lot of companies that are used to doing things the old way, using mediums where it made sense.

The companies that hold the rights to the programs could simply reserve all streaming rights, but in some cases one country may want them for their region only (e.g., Funimation's video site only streams to the U.S. and Canada), or may not intend to use them, but as part of a package with the broadcast or DVD licensing rights, ties them in to prevent competition.



Im too lazy to check if my lineup its the same as yours on my satelite channels.
But i still dont like the way its done, i kinda feeel cheated.
Alot of other services are the same, I-tunes, x-box live blocks certian content that are only avaible for North america even though im paying the same amount of money as an american citizen which leaving me to feel discriminated.

I think of the internet that it works almost the same way as radio signals
if bbc broadcast something on the radio regarless what it is, i can still tune in to that station depending on how good the conditions are
i can hear the same comercials as uk citizens on the radio even though i cant buy a single product of what they are advirtising unless il go out my way to try to import it.

I think those offering content which can be streamed shoud learn from steam which is a great service, i can buy the same games on steam that an american citizen can do

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I really like this site and thank CR for all their hard work, I would like more anime to choose from though. I also don't mind paying for it as it's a small way that I can contribute to the industry. There is one thing that I think needs improvement on and it's the video player, it's too slow which causes to freeze all the time and if you leave it for a few minutes it will not start again which then you'll have to refresh it and start all over again. This sometimes exasperates me, but overall it's worth the money that I'm paying for. Thanks
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Posted 6/30/10
Premium price doesnt justify the content, subs need to be improved and more shows added. Aside from that its a good site.
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TheAncientOne wrote:


Okuri_inu wrote:

There are plenty of sites that are legit and show a ton more anime, plus they exclude all of the annoying commercials and adds

Care to cite a few of these "legit" sites that show a "ton more anime" with no commercials?

The only ones I have seen that fit those last two characteristics are sites that stream fansubs, which are definitely not legit. The two legit anime streaming sites I know of in the U.S. that come close to CR's library are Funimation and Hulu, and both those sites show ads during the video.



I'm also waiting to hear about these legit sites that show more anime than CR and that are commercial free. I'd like to be a member there too but I highly doubt that they are in any way "legit." Maybe they meant legitimately illegal.......
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Lodium wrote:

Im not agreeing with you.
Lets take something like cable tv or even satelite channels,
If i pay for a packet of services that include Sky tv, CBS news, Discovery, Disney channel, etc , etc
i expect to be able to see all those channels, if i dont watch the channels its because i choose to do so, its my choice but im still paying for it which means i can see it if i want to.


And if you live in a country where one of those channels is not allowed to go on the air, you will be deciding whether to buy cable or satellite based on a different collection of channels available. To keep it to Anime, if you have Animax in France, and you move to Singapore, it will not be the same lineup of shows available, because Animax Europe and Animax Southeast Asia do not have the same rights.

And Crunchy has just started up, so there are a lot of contracts that were already in place that were not written with a site like Crunchy in mind. Five years ago, streaming rights would have mostly been to show a teaser episode to try to sell more DVDs.


Even more silly is the claim that the companys have to get rigtshs to broadcast that particular show in that or that contry.
I mean its internett, who have put licencing borders whithin the internet?


The internet is a means of communication, like the telephone. Say someone has permission of a band to copy a file of their song in the United States. Say they use a telephone modem to dial up a computer in anothr country and give them a copy of the file. If they did that, they broke the permission they had, and broke the copyright privileges that we give to people who make original work.


it dosnt exist, unless they resently suddenly decided to include that, and if it does excist, why can i then watch some stuff streamed which i shoudnt be able to see in theory? For instance streamed cbs news....


I used to live in Australia, and when I came back to the US, I liked to stream news shows from SBS. But sometime, in the stream, things are missing that were in the broadcast, because they only had right to show it in Australia. In that case, they did not region block - they just did not put up anything that had a region restriction.

Again, bringing it back to anime, most of the "there are not region restrictions" ideas come from illegal bootleg sites. They do not have permission to stream ANYWHERE. Since they are breaking the law anyway, they do not worry about the law that says people who actually created the shows get to say if and where it can be copied.

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CR is awesome, wish they had a little more of the anime that i love but overall its awesome
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Radio is a very bad comparison to the internet. There is no way to control radio waves once they are broadcasted unless you were to dome your entire country to stop them.

on the topic of region blocking,

.what i cant stand is I can't watch any other hockey teams on sportsnets channels other then the Vancouver Canucks even when i have the all the sportsnet stations on my satellite. This region blocking was all in the name of indoctrinating regions to cheer for their "local" team. Best thing is for most my life i lived much closer to Edmonton then to Vancouver but i was still in British Columbia. Whats better about half the Canadian teams games are shown on Sportsnet.

At least Crunchyroll has a legal reason to region block anime which is they are NOT ALLOWED to Stream said show to those countries because the couldn't obtain the license. Its not like the guys at Crunchyroll sit in a room deciding randomly picking regions for anime. Crunchyroll also does retroactively add regions to anime they stream.
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I am pleased accept the thanks for watching on Crunchyroll.com is anoying
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Posted 6/30/10

Okuri_inu wrote:

Not worth it. CR premium is a waste of a good $7-$8 (in my opinion). There are plenty of sites that are legit and show a ton more anime, plus they exclude all of the annoying commercials and adds (let's face it, when you don't have the 7$-$8 for the premium, it takes FOREVER to get through an anime-not to mention the commercials ruin the anime by ruining the mood). When it comes to a person's profile page, paying money just to add a playlist is rediculous. CR needs to offer just a little bit more before I would be willing to pay (or take a REDICULOUS amount of surveys) for a membership (not enough anime to view anyway). Don't get me wrong- Crunchy Roll is, however, a good site to learn about new anime and meet new people with the same interests (CR isn't bad, give it a try, but it may not be a site worth spening money on-personal opinion). Also, some of the anime on CR is waaaaaay beyond PG13 (close to soft Hentai). Might want to beware of certain anime series.


The sites you are referring to are most likely not legit since Crunchyroll and FUNimation's Video Portal are the 2 sites that legally provide the most Anime videos on the net. You should refer to this thread for a more complete list of legit Anime streaming sites.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-535224/legal-anime-streaming-and-download-sites/

Any legit streaming site will have advertisements during the video, unless you pay.


Markus-Oink wrote:

They should state that which titles will apply to me. Before I pay and then find out.

What they have done is this:
"EXAMPLE:"
Welcome to CR ice-cream store.
Would you like to get our premium offer? We give 2 scoops of ice-cream every time you order.
Then I get the premium offer, but then they say: Oh wait, you are black you can only have 1 scoop of ice-cream.
But you still have to pay the same amount as the other non-blacks.

See my point?


This isn't a race issue, it's just about what we have countries we have the right to distribute a show in. When you initially signed up, things may not have been as clear but the sign up pages have been completely re-done since then and have progressively been getting more clear. Information about Region Restrictions seems to be clear enough now since I usually don't get any emails asking why there are region restrictions. The Free Trial page is going to be changed again though, so I'll see if it can be made to be even more clear.

We can't offer a discounted price for people in regions with a limited lineup since a system like that is complicated and most likely would be abused.
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They should expand to more titles. Not just ongoing ones.
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I have purchased the premium membership and am quite pleased with everything. I intend on getting my moneys worth.
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Posted 6/30/10
Things I LIKE:

1: Decent content, but we really need more new series.
2: Decent variety.
3: Ipod app. Awesome!

Things I DISLIKE:

1: Some subs. I think a premium site - should not tone itself down to 13 year old levels. If you are offended by swearing, jokes, nudity, then you really have no business being here. This isn't a Pokemon site.
2: Web player - Really, it can SUCK at times. When it works, it's great, but when there are problems, boy, does it make me mad.
3: Drama - Really, you should make a CR: Anime site, and a CR: Drama site, where the two do not cross. I'm not here to see more and more dramas come in, and few announcements of new anime. Not to say I don't watch them from time to time, my daughter likes Coffee Prince, but I'm not here for that.

That really says it all for me. I'm pretty happy with my premium membership. I will probably renew in Dec when it comes up, don't know yet, but the good outweigh the bad at least. We just need more anime.
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<3 CR But NEED more Anime...
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