Post Reply Suggestion: Add locations where shows can be watched on show page
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So I've been linking this site on various internet forums, sites such as tvtropes, and facebook for people who may be interested in watching the shows legally.

Unfortunately, some have complained that they aren't able to view the show in their home country due to the streaming restrictions placed on crunchyroll. Looking up allowed viewing locations isn't always easy either without extensive use of 'google-fu" due to the sheer amount of different rights given.

So my suggestion is that when we access a show's webpage on this site to view the episodes, there should be a small area that includes the regions where the show may be legally watched at. I suppose a good spot for it is around where the "About the show" info and "user ratings" are located.

So a show that can be watched anywhere but say, Japan, should say "may be viewed: Worldwide except Japan". And a show that can only be watched in the US, Mexico, and Europe should list it as such.

This may also help crunchyroll figure out where people interested in legal streams live, so maybe they can try to include more regions for future releases as well.
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Salamander3 wrote:

So a show that can be watched anywhere but say, Japan, should say "may be viewed: Worldwide except Japan". And a show that can only be watched in the US, Mexico, and Europe should list it as such.

While not an official CR resource, each season there has been a topic covering the simulcasts for each season, and the first message always lists all the simulcasts for that season, include region availability.

These are typically easy to find with a Google seach on "season year anime Crunchyroll forum".

While this doesn't cover catalog titles (which more often than not are US & Canada only) and isn't the all-in-one solution you are looking for, it should be an improvement over your current circumstance.


There is also a way to look at the source code of an RSS feed for a specific show to determine what regions it is available in, but you would need to be familiar with 2 letter country ISO codes.

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Well actually they already do something similar. When a show is unavailable in my region I can read the following in the show's webpage:



Availability Information

Sorry, due to licensing limitations, videos are unavailable in your region.

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