First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
Post Reply Chernin Group Takes Majority Stake in Anime Website Crunchyroll
5137 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
20 / M / SPARTAAAAAAAAAAAA...
Offline
Posted 12/4/13 , edited 12/5/13
*TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE COMMENT*
16412 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 12/4/13
“Our plan is to continue to grow the anime vertical as well as launch new channels in different genres. Online video is growing faster than any other sector within media, and we feel that with Crunchyroll, we have a fantastic, anchor platform.”

I dont see it being that good of a change at all. Crunchyroll is a anime website. This site offers very unique content and thats what people pay for, nobody will use it as a substitute for anything they can get from Netflix or Hulu. Just another money grab more capable companys have already stuck there hands in, Apple, Google, Amazon and Xbox have all bought into this. Theres too many of these services and people will use the service with the most content, that being Netflix and Hulu. Its not worth the trouble to expand this beyond Asian media. Hopefully they treat it like how the current drama section is. Its there, you can watch it, but anime is the forfront.
41337 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M / KS, USA
Online
Posted 12/4/13
So long as it doesn't affect my viewing of Anime i'm alright with this, but if changes start, especially big ones, I doubt CR can keep me around... there are other ways and places to watch Anime after all.
20315 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
20 / M / San Antonio, TX,...
Offline
Posted 12/4/13

toxxin wrote:

as long as ads remain away from my videos as a premium member i have nothing to complain about, just don't pull a hulu, that's all im asking.


^This
Daeus 
22481 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 12/4/13 , edited 12/5/13

um2456 wrote:

A HOOP DOOP POOP!


That was my first thought haha :D.

Like others says, the extra content might be asian tv show, music maybe, online light novels.. I just hope this to be good.
27217 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 12/5/13

As long as they don't pull a "Hulu" and start inserting Ads into my Premium Streams and as long as they don't start charging me more for "services" I don't use. I like the current set up on the Subscription now. I pay for JUST the anime and nothing else. I don't want to end up paying a larger Sub for things Im not going to watch/use like the K/J-Drama or Manga stuff.
16459 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
28 / M / Atlanta, GA
Offline
Posted 12/5/13
I don't think this will be so well received in the long run. Think about it, CR is made for Anime and Drama. Probably way more anime, but there's all sorts of variables on that and I'd pull numbers out of my ass if I tried to reason it, so for the sake of conversation, let's just say CR's prime focus is Anime.

If this guy is wanting to expand into other genres, in theory it's going to sound like a great idea. That means more anime right? Not necessarily. If you're vesting 100% of your resources into acquiring anime and drama shows, then opt to start bringing in new genres, that previously allocated 100% of anime now becomes 85% anime while you build the other ventures. If said ventures take off, then that slice gradually grows larger, while the anime may still be the forefront, that slice may eventually grow smaller.

So, there's one of two options off the top of my head I can see happening if this be the case.

1. An unrealistic amount of capital goes into maintaining the Anime's portion, while also funding new ventures. The anime continues to grow, you still get 10+ simulcasts a season, but this would be a less than attractive option since it'll be a crapshoot at the beginning to even get a feel for what anime fans want and what a new person coming to CR is going to be interested in enough to stay for.

2. Those shows that have been around for ages, the ones CR has had the license to and they're just always around it seems, disappear. The funds from no longer having to pay from those licenses go to the new ventures. So instead of a mass catalog, it becomes a more rotational sort of catalog that may have more recent stuff, but also removes older stuff to keep the new possible.

3. As mentioned, the ads become a mainstay for everyone. It becomes an anime version of Hulu, and we stop watching because that's the fun of being premium, getting a show in one nice 25 minute run. Guy shoots himself in the foot thinking it's good for business because as long as the new stuff is there who's complaining.

Anywho, I'm just playing Devil's Advocate here and hope it's not as I describe, but normally the original doesn't stay as good when other ventures start coming into the fold. I mean, look at Microsoft and the Xbox One. While they did plenty to shoot themselves in the foot with their terrible PR, the box itself is touted as a home entertainment machine and also games. But they apparently skimped on the stronger gaming parts to make it accessible to more local audiences.
22058 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
34 / M / San Francisco Cal...
Offline
Posted 6/3/14
It'd be great if they can expand their drama like Dramafever. I'm currently just an anime subscriber and would love to be a drama subscriber as well, if and only if its worth it. If in turn Crunchyroll eventually expands their drama section to include updated and simulcasted dramas from Japan and South Korea, they would pretty much control everything from anime, jdrama and kdrama. I feel that they do not need to reach into Netflix standards and should concentrate on Asian Media, so as to expand it worldwide, so to speak. I doubt Netflix can expand their anime section so far as to be like Crunchyroll because if they can, they would've done it already. Same goes with Dramafever, I don't see them expanding with anime shows as well plus you can only watch from pc and mobile devices. Now Netflix do have kdrama, jdrama and anime, but as long as they do not have the updated shows, I doubt that they can monopolize both Dramafever and Crunchyroll.

Eventually it all comes down to acquiring the licenses to be able to continually update all shows, and signing contracts with Japan and South Korean channels that produces those shows.

I definitely agree with "toxxin" as for them not to pull a HULU on us. Having ads as a premium member is a pain in the @55, thats why I do not subscribe to HULU. It's just ridiculous to see ads as a premium member. Since neither Netflix, Dramafever nor Crunchyroll can produce jdrama, kdrama and anime all together, I guess I'll be keeping all my subscription with them. That's roughly $24 per month for all of my cravings not including my Amazon Instant Video that's included if you're an Amazon Prime member $80/yr.

Maybe in the future, if TCG acquires Dramafever, there would be a subscription to include if not all, but most of the Asian Media. Honestly Anime have been BIG for decades, Kdrama and Jdrama have been booming for years now. These media types will continue to grow as years to come. If played right, that's a multi billion dollar industry.
First  Prev  1  2  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.