Neon Alley?
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Posted 12/30/13
Anyone ever heard of Neon Alley?
They stream dubbed anime on a live schedule kind of thing.
I think they just recently added an on demand feature as well.
They're on pretty much every format you can think of.
What do you guys think? do you use Neon Alley when you need to satisfy your dubbed craving?
I'd love to know! :3
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Posted 12/30/13 , edited 12/30/13
No, since I don't have an Xbox or Playstation.
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Posted 12/30/13

Shrapnel893 wrote:

No, since I don't have an Xbox or Playstation.


I don't think it's only for Xbox or Playstation
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Posted 12/30/13

beyondjustgraphics wrote:


Shrapnel893 wrote:

No, since I don't have an Xbox or Playstation.


I don't think it's only for Xbox or Playstation


It was, last time I checked. You needed a monthly subscription.
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Posted 12/30/13
They have PC streaming as well according to their FAQ page.
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Posted 12/30/13
it may be on demand nowadays but there's hardly any back catalogue, so let's say they're at "episode 20" in whatever series.. the furthest you can ever go back is like a few episodes.. you can't go right back to episode one because older episodes get removed as newer ones get added on.. that's a horrible concept by my standards.
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Posted 12/30/13
I tried it, it's not worth it.
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I tried out the free trial on PS3 way back when it first came out, and I didn't like it. not worth it to pay for a streaming TV channel when you can just get streaming on-demand video.
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Posted 12/30/13

beyondjustgraphics wrote:

They're on pretty much every format you can think of.
What do you guys think? do you use Neon Alley when you need to satisfy your dubbed craving?
I'd love to know! :3

The last I saw, the were only only the XBOX 360, PS3, and most recently, the PC. That's quite a distance from "pretty much every format you can think of".

It is a service that is like old style linear TV, but without the benefit of being able to use a DVR, commercials even though it is a subscription service (i.e., the Hulu Plus model), and a limited catch-up service which is only available on the PC.

Change any one of those things, and it might be worth it. Make it fully on demand (even with the commercials), and I would likely at least try a subscription. As it stands now, I just can't bring myself to even give it a trial.

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I believe that Neon Alley is permanently blacked out here in Canada. Neon Alley in Canada has unfortunately fallen victim to a breakdown in negotiations among three different parties: Viz Media, Hulu, and Canada's media industry.

Viz Media insists on having Neon Alley be a free-to-use and ad-supported service. That's why it successfully partnered with Hulu in the United States. As you very well know, Hulu will not expand into Canada, as for the majority of the titles Hulu offers, the distribution rights in Canada belong to different companies from those in the U.S.—what I call being "split-licensed" at the Canada-U.S. border. Hulu has, for whatever reason, probably financially, not seen fit to make an exception to its blanket ban on Canadian viewers for those titles in its library for which a single company holds distribution rights in both the U.S. and Canada. And our domestic media industry here in Canada has not seen fit to provide Viz Media with the type of streaming platform it wants for Neon Alley—our industry is too heavily invested in broadcast television and in exclusively subscription-based video-on-demand services.

At this point, Viz Media really has only three options for Canadian streaming. One of which is to yield to the subscription-video-on-demand model in Canada and put Neon Alley on the platforms that Canada's media industry will offer, which are Shomi, operated jointly by Rogers and Shaw, and Bell Media's forthcoming "Project Latte" platform. The second option Viz Media has is to put Neon Alley on a well-established U.S.-based streaming platform other than Hulu, such as Crunchyroll or YouTube. This will require Hulu and Viz Media to come to a memorandum of understanding, stating that Viz Media, by taking this action, is not breaching its exclusive streaming contract with Hulu in the United States, provided that the chosen alternative platform only makes the Neon Alley service available to viewers in Canada. If Viz Media is not inclined to take either of these first two options, then the last option it has is to forfeit its Canadian streaming rights altogether. But the status quo of Viz continuing to sit on the streaming rights in Canada is resolutely not acceptable, as it leaves us here in Canada with absolutely no legal streaming option for the titles in Neon Alley's library.
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