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That group looks super shady especially with the pay to view model and from the looks of it half the content doesn't even work. Why is it more of a hassle to legally watch something compared to pirating it???
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rath1134 wrote: That group looks super shady especially with the pay to view model and from the looks of it half the content doesn't even work. Why is it more of a hassle to legally watch something compared to pirating it???

Its an established digital licensee in France ~ its not AllTheAnime.com inventing their own model, its AllTheAnime.com striking a deal with an existing company across the Channel to use their technology. Its actually less shady than if they were trying to roll their own system.

But for digital downloads, IMV none of the digital download people have got the right price for anime yet ~ it should be a volume of four SD episodes for the same price as a digital download SD movie on the same download system (whether iTunes, Vudu, Nook Video, or Google Play in the US, or wakanime or wevs in France), plus the standard price bumps on that system for HD and HDX.

And then a volume of three episodes for 3/4 the standard price (since price points are normally on the dollar minus a penny, that would put the price point for a three episode volume on a quarter price point minus a penny), plus the standard price bumps for HD and HDX. And that should be set up as a multiple title bundle, so on download to rent the clock runs for each episode from the first download of that episode, not from the first download of the first episode in the volume.
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rath1134 wrote:

Why is it more of a hassle to legally watch something compared to pirating it???


That comment is sad, but true.

The "hassle" comes from licensing deals and contractual stuff. Things that, as a general rules, your average fan puts way below the actual content. But for companies who need to stay profitable, it is how they have to operate.

Crunchyroll, Animax and others operate on advertising revenue and subscription fees. Services like Wakanim operate on advertising revenue and per-episode purchases and rentals. This covers licensing and infrastructure fees, pays for translations, and all of that stuff. And they are businesses that have to turn a profit. And the Japanese production companies, quite understandably, want to ensure that other companies don't profit from their material without compensation. Hence the licensing.

For better of for worse, fansubbers don't have to give a crap about any of that. They don't have to pay licensing fees, minimum guarantees or any of that. Ads and/or donations cover hosting feeds, purchase of BDs/DVDs and also pay for translators - where they don't lift the subs directly from a legit stream or disc.
And shortfall they cover out-of-pocket as it's a hobby and a labour of love. It also means they can stop when they feel like it, as they aren't bound by any contracts.

Also, as they are an illegal method, they also aren't bound by any of the regional restrictions that legal companies are contractually obliged to stick to.

So, yeah, the really sad truth is that the biggest drawbacks of legal methods are that they are legal and, hence, limited.

Convenience can help a lot. And CR has that in spades. However, as they aren't a one-stop-shop for all titles in all regions, it does become a major ball-ache from a viewer's perspective.
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