Post Reply Why is this done? (CR sells DVDs for shows they don't stream)
Posted 12/18/14
I have no idea if there's a straightforward answer to this or if it's been answered before, but I thought the forums would be nice to go to for a question like this.

Why does Crunchyroll sell DVDs and box sets in their store for anime that they don't even stream on this website? I'm not sure if there's a good reason for this outside of making money but it kind of bugs me how I've had to use other websites to watch Clannad and Maid-sama! when I'm paying for a Crunchyroll membership, which not only costs money, but is also regarded to as "the official source for anime."

Anyone wanna debunk this for me?
Posted 12/18/14
CR gets about half of all new anime for simulcast. They can later add some other shows to the list, but not ALL of them ever made.
Posted 12/18/14

dredulus wrote:

CR gets about half of all new anime for simulcast. They can later add some other shows to the list, but not ALL of them ever made.


If only that answered my question on why they sell a series' box/DVD set without having it available for stream. popkek

isn't it kind of a kick to the nuts when you pay for Crunchyroll and really wanna watch a series on your Xbox, and whenever you search for it, all that pops up is a box set that basically screams "GIVE ME YOUR MONEY!!" ?
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Posted 12/18/14 , edited 12/18/14
Moved this thread to Site Support, CR staff will find this question faster here.

As for a quick answer to what I assume is pretty much the main question:
The store and streaming service are two completely different entities, Crunchyroll itself does not release anime on dvd or blu ray.
Apart from that, Crunchyroll does not have the rights to stream every anime title they have in their store.
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Posted 12/18/14
Crunchyroll's streaming service is bound by contractual obligations that do not affect the store. In fact, the store's description says it sells things at retail/cost irrc (Im assuming with the exception of Crunchyroll branded paraphernalia which would likely be sold for minor profit.) Being that the store acts as a sort of forwarding service for many products under the guise of a retailer, there isn't necessarily the same restrictions as streaming in regards to what is available for DVDs since Crunchyroll isn't actually streaming or showing the contents of any DVD/BD release that is not on the streaming service. Therefore, CR isn't stepping on any other toes by simply selling it, and a wider selection of anime lowers the burden of CR's membership in looking for DVDs/BDs for their favorite anime.

Tl;dr, because they can and they feel it's in their member's best interest.
Posted 12/18/14

theCannibal wrote:


dredulus wrote:

CR gets about half of all new anime for simulcast. They can later add some other shows to the list, but not ALL of them ever made.


If only that answered my question on why they sell a series' box/DVD set without having it available for stream. popkek

isn't it kind of a kick to the nuts when you pay for Crunchyroll and really wanna watch a series on your Xbox, and whenever you search for it, all that pops up is a box set that basically screams "GIVE ME YOUR MONEY!!" ?


It's because they maybe can't license it for stream, BAKAAAAAAAAAAA!
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Posted 12/18/14 , edited 12/18/14
We cooperate with various makers and several specialized stores to make their goods available to a bigger audience. That's why our store has a wide selection of items, even DVDs of shows that we never got a streaming license for.
Store content availability and streaming content availability usually are not related.
Posted 12/21/14
I guess it does make sense now, thanks for all the constructive answers.

It still does seem kinda stupid that they can put things for sale up in the store like it's nothing but can't stream it. Just seems like greed to me. Might not be greed by Crunchyroll, but maybe by the video producers/suppliers.
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Posted 12/21/14

theCannibal wrote:

It still does seem kinda stupid that they can put things for sale up in the store like it's nothing but can't stream it.

DVD and Blu-ray discs are physical goods. Even at wholesale level, it doesn't take much in the way of negotiation to purchase them except handing over the money, which certainly isn't the case with streaming.

It is the same reason Netflix can rent discs of movies and series they can't stream.

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