I understand what CR is trying to do in terms of marketing and helping acquire new paid subscriptions by enticing new users to make the leap to a premium membership status. The carrot-on-a-stick method to lead people to the latest and greatest by having access to simulcasts, 720P videos, etc is exactly what directed me to make that transition myself.
One thing I'd like to point out are the recent spoiler comments that have been posted on the homepage, and any link/page thereafter to get people to sign up for premium access in the notification boxes.
Last week the comment was:
(I'm paraphrasing as I don't remember specifically). Today, I get home from work and see:
"Naruto meets the 4th Hokage!, sign up for the trial to see what happens"
"Hisagi joins Captain Komamura to battle Tosen in BLEACH #280. Get a Free Trial to find out what happens!"
I personally did not know that this was specifically going to take place in Bleach 280, but now, instead of viewing the video and seeing for myself, I'm already told the basic plot of the episode. One may argue, that last week's episode preview covered some of this material. However, if someone has not had time to catch Bleach, Naruto, etc for 2-4 weeks, they may have no idea that any of this content is coming in the future. It's summer time, vacation season, and some of us may not be around a computer for a longer period of time.
As an anime viewing/social networking portal, CR offers opportunities for members to hide spoilers in every facet of the forums, comments sections, and any text box we may type in so it just doesn't make sense to use spoilers as advertising methods. Again, I understand the incentive for CR to acquire new members, but is there any way this can be done without episode spoiler comments on the home page?
I have an example image below.