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Competition for CR, Daisuki Streaming
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I'm not paying more than I do for CR. I think CR has a very reasonable price. That being said if someone could offer me the same for the same price but better then yes I probably would switch. CR has a huge advantage being the veteran in the field. They already have the customers, the apps, and library catalog. However the fact that so many japanese companies signed on might make it good competition. It also worries me that they have not released much details even though the launch date is quickly approaching.
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I'll probably use both. The majority of the animes are already on CR, I'll use pay for the ones that's missing. Money may not be an issue for me....
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True, I am excited to see what will be different from CR.
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Assassinx89 wrote: I'm not paying more than I do for CR. I think CR has a very reasonable price. That being said if someone could offer me the same for the same price but better then yes I probably would switch.

These companies only seem to handle the international licensing for five to ten anime a season, so Crunchyroll seems likely to still have more simulcasts. We'll all be nervously waiting to see whether the new outfit holds exclusive streaming rights on their streams, which would likely result in CR having more streams than Daisuki, but not as many as CR has now.

If Daisuki lets CR have the series but on a delay, that would be annoying, but not quite so bad. Plus they'd likely get good region distribution on those series, which could be nice for members in Asia, Europe outside of Northern Europe, and the Middle East.


CR has a huge advantage being the veteran in the field. They already have the customers, the apps, and library catalog.

Its the catalog where Daisuki could be really big. They can put everything in their entire back catalogs that are off license, or on shared-streaming licenses, up on the site. They are talking about 500 titles ~ if that means 500 episodes, its not such a big deal, but if it means 500 series, its a very big back catalog.


However the fact that so many japanese companies signed on might make it good competition. It also worries me that they have not released much details even though the launch date is quickly approaching.

Which gets back to price, streaming quality, availability Web-only or on devices, etc. In any event, we'll know in a month or so.
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To me, Daisuki just sounds like another Crunchyroll. I've been around CR sometime right after they were founded (although the exact date is unknown, since I was lurking for a while before I actually got an account). So I have to say I'm pretty loyal.
I don't think I'd drop CR.


If Daisuki would pick up more interesting shows, I'd probably give it a chance. I'm not really interested in any of the shows they're currently going to have and Madoka is already on CR. So I will just have to wait on that aspect. I'm also curious to their quality of subtitles, lol.
I would be upset if they have to make CR change anything.
But I also wouldn't shun them if they manage to pick up something that CR couldn't (really sad that Kamisama Hajimemashita wasn't in last season).
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So much of this is going to depend on the catalog that the new service holds. There are a lot of streaming services out there that want your money, and I find that no single service holds everything that I want. This is where prices become an issue. If it gets to the point that I'm paying a ton for all these different services, it will become a pick and choose thing. I love competition on products that we buy, but when it comes to how copyright creates legalized monopolies on shows, then competition brings about fragmentation. Exclusives and such that are a result of copyright is something I hate with passion.
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_Pontianak_ wrote: This is where prices become an issue. If it gets to the point that I'm paying a ton for all these different services, it will become a pick and choose thing.

Yeah, I hit that point already and cut back to two to three streaming subscriptions. So far that has been Netflix and Crunchyroll with the third being either Funimation or HuluPlus. Since their strength is likely to be their catalog, I would not be surprised to just slot Daisuku into that rotation between Funimation, HuluPlus and not having a third streaming subscription.

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If it's available worldwide, then heck yea. And One Piece streaming? I'm in! o.o.

Also, a possiblity to stream Conan as well...that would be awesome.
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carsarelittle wrote:

Hahaha, talk about another anime streaming site right on the forums of an anime streaming site. That has to be some sort of crime!
Pretty sure that the CR staff itself posted an article about it in the first place.

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carsarelittle wrote: Hahaha, talk about another anime streaming site right on the forums of an anime streaming site. That has to be some sort of crime!

Nope, there's nothing against it, so long as its a legit site.

Obviously people shouldn't be talking about bootleg sites on Crunchyroll. If the Japanese licensors thought Crunchyroll forums were a pirate bay, Crunchyroll might not be able to get as many licenses.
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Agila61 you are right. as for me I don't really need another streaming site unless they plan to have it on roku....and the list that they have dropped down in ANN, I can already get it on either CR, Funimation, or TAN.....well they are still talking about price.... for now they have 4-5 strong competitors that I see and are all doing really well. I hope they plan to beat them in price, or for me, good luck to them. to me this is another venture like neon alley. which I don't see making any progress. the most to look for at this moment is to wait and see. as of April I will watch their progress for a season or two and see how well they are doing until then I really don't have to invest in another channel to suit my anime needs.

Edit: Im pretty sure the rest of their list should match up to the amount of anime I have already viewed. the only thing to look forward to would probably to see what simulcast they are viewing.
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Pretty cool! I'll be checking it out, but rest assured I will always have a subscription to Crunchyroll. :]
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I have no particular attachment to CR, although I did sign up for a year when they had that deal going on. I am skeptical that the Japanese will be able to do any better than CR though. They don't seem to understand or care to understand the American/non-Japanese markets.
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slfcmore wrote:

I have no particular attachment to CR, although I did sign up for a year when they had that deal going on. I am skeptical that the Japanese will be able to do any better than CR though. They don't seem to understand or care to understand the American/non-Japanese markets.


I agree with you. I have no particular attachment and it will probably come down to the titles offered and what I can watch it on. If I cannot watch it on my handheld device I'll probably only check it out. That's one thing I really like about CR, I don't have to have my laptop to watch anime.
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slfcmore wrote: I have no particular attachment to CR, although I did sign up for a year when they had that deal going on. I am skeptical that the Japanese will be able to do any better than CR though. They don't seem to understand or care to understand the American/non-Japanese markets.

I've got an affection for Crunchyroll, because after I decided to go legit for a while, they streamed some things I otherwise would never have been able to see on a legit site.

But in the end, while Daikusi includes international licensors who seem likely to cover 5-10 simulcasts a season ... that still leaves a majority of series being licensed by someone else, and I really think everyone who is NOT in that group will prefer simulcasting through Crunchyroll. Add in the Sentai simulcasts that Crunchyroll has been getting, and I expect that Crunchyroll will continue to have the broadest selection from each season.

Add some of the best streaming quality in the business, the best device support, and some of the most prompt and responsive customer support I have experienced anywhere, never mind just in streaming ... and it'll be hard for Daisuki to match Crunchyroll's level.
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