Post Reply How exactly does the site's licensing work?
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Posted 5/4/13
I'm just wondering since lately certain series haven't been available around here (mainly AoT and HxH which are the ones I'm following) despite most other recent anime being, but as far as I know neither is licensed here by any company and showing them wouldn't be violating their rights for publication.

You could say you need to specifically license the series to be shown in certain regions but in that case it's baffling that both more obscure and more popular series can be viewed with no problems.
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Neenaw wrote:

I'm just wondering since lately certain series haven't been available around here (mainly AoT and HxH which are the ones I'm following) despite most other recent anime being, but as far as I know neither is licensed here by any company and showing them wouldn't be violating their rights for publication.

You could say you need to specifically license the series to be shown in certain regions but in that case it's baffling that both more obscure and more popular series can be viewed with no problems.


Each series has a price that the anime studios are willing to sell the "rights" for. Popular series are going to cost more than less popular or "obscure" series.

Crunchyroll estimates based on how many members and viewers each country has on whether or not a show is going to be popular enough for them to break-even or make money on a show. Countries with smaller populations and smaller numbers of CR members are not going to make as much money as larger countries. It is a simple supply and demand problem. If there is no demand, then there is no point is supplying the shows as CR would lose money.

Don't completely lose hope as Crunchyroll has re-negotiated contracts mid-season and post-season in the past for specific countries where the popularity of a certain show exceeded CR's estimates.
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Huh I see then. Makes sense then the more obscure (i.e. series that cost less to license) and the most popular (i.e. the ones people are likely to watch) are the ones that get in but the middle-ground ones might not.

Thanks anyways. This being such a small country isn't encouraging for the chance to get more shows available though.
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