Do shows which are "unavailable in your region", ever become available?
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I'm now a premium member of CR (in the UK) and so have been exploring the shows on offer. On each show page are links to other shows on the site, and of course, I'm searching on shows I'm interested in to.

I'm seeing a LOT of "Sorry, due to licensing limitations, videos are unavailable in your region."

So my question is, will any of these shows ever be available in my region? Or once a US only deal is struck, is that it, forever?

Obviously there are always other sources, but I shouldn't have to resort to that.
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mendo_shutaro wrote:

I'm now a premium member of CR (in the UK) and so have been exploring the shows on offer. On each show page are links to other shows on the site, and of course, I'm searching on shows I'm interested in to.

I'm seeing a LOT of "Sorry, due to licensing limitations, videos are unavailable in your region."

So my question is, will any of these shows ever be available in my region? Or once a US only deal is struck, is that it, forever?

Obviously there are always other sources, but I shouldn't have to resort to that.


It does happen sometimes but it's quite rare. Some examples I can remember:

- Natsume Yuujinchou: When series 3 was simulcast, licensing regions for series 1 and 2 were expanded to include more countries, including the UK.
- Hayate no Gotoku: Some time after series 2 was simulcast, series 1 regions were expanded to include the UK.

There have also been a few cases of licensing regions being expanded shortly after the simulcast of a new show starts, but that's also rare.

So basically unless the show(s) you're talking about either recently started simulcasting or have a new series starting soon, chances are they won't be made available in the UK later.

To avoid finding shows you can't watch, click "Shows" up the top and look through there. It only shows what's available in your country. Also most of the shows that aren't available in the UK were not simulcasts. They were provided by US companies for the US (and Canada) only. ~90% of simulcasts are available in the UK.
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