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kdrama is not CR any more it changed hands and that is why it is called soompi tv now. They spun it off and then sold it to soompi. It is a common business tactic. It seems like CR is going to focus on Anime and Manga from now on. My guess is the drama section/membership was not getting much for them. They got new investors right before all these changes started occurring so their business model has probably changed to match the new investor. I forget who they bought out or who it was that joined CR, either way things are going to be different. I don't think they will be doing a black Friday deal or anything like it anymore. The license is probably expiring because Soompi Tv has the rights now and the licensing on CR is simply expiring from the previous licensing agreement and they have no interest in kdrama anymore to renew it.
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Assassinx89 wrote:

kdrama is not CR any more it changed hands and that is why it is called soompi tv now. They spun it off and then sold it to soompi.

It is curious that the first line in SoompiTV's terms of use makes mention of all 3 sites:

This Terms of Use governs each website (including soompi.com, www.kdrama.com and www.crunchyroll.com (the “Sites”), ...
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If it were just Kdrama and Crunchryoll, I would think it was just legacy material.

Crunchyroll is also mentioned several more times, including:

The Services that may be accessed after payment of a monthly fee are referred to currently as “SoompiTV Premium” and “Crunchyroll Premium” (each, a “Premium Service” and, collectively, the “Premium Services”).


For information about our policies and practices regarding the collection and use of your personally identifiable information, please read our Privacy Policy available at www.crunchyroll.com/privacy.


..., you may edit your Payment Method information by logging in on the website of the applicable Premium Service (e.g., www.soompi.com for Soompi Members and www.crunchyroll.com for Crunchyroll Members)...

....and more. Just open that page and search for "crunchyroll".
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There is obviously still a close relationship. Even in the opening post of this thread it uses the word "family" and "sister" to describe the relationship:


Well, fret not, these titles will not be gone from the Crunchyroll family! You can still watch them through Crunchyroll's sister site, SoompiTV.


I work for a company (my paying job not my CR mod job) that has several different divisions and some of them have names that are uniquely their own, and their own organizational structure, but it all rolls up at some point to a shared hierarchy. And we have acquired different smaller companies that then form separate divisions in the larger one and have had parts of one division merge into another.

So it seems to me Soompi (which I think used to be just a news and discussion site) was acquired as part of Crunchyroll and that the K-drama properties are being shifted over to create a distinct place, similar to the Crunchyroll site, for watching, and discussing, and getting news related to drama.

I am curious as to what will be done for All-Access users (particularly those who purchased annual memberships), both to suit those who may have purchased long subscriptions only because it was the only way to add manga to an existing Anime membership, and to suit those who enjoyed it primarily for CR's drama catalog.
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Aww this is one of the best Kdramas.
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J-Manga used to be called a sister site, someone at J-manga told me they had no affiliation. So it doesn't mean anything My guess is soompi is probably a company owned by the new investor in CR. I don't really care though.
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Really?! You know when people sign up for All Access memberships there is an expectation that there will be content above and beyond Premium memberships to justify the price difference in the subscriptions. With this loss of a significant part of the CR drama section on top of the loss in value of manga, I can't honestly say that I feel good about the annual All Access membership I purchased last Fall. It's a shame really.

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Seems to me the All Access price should be dropped to $60 and that should be their only tier or they should add an Anime only tier at $40-$50. That would make them competitive with Funimation's prices.

I can't see All Access surviving at its current price point. It would be nice if they figured out something for their yearly members who purchased within the last 6months to lesson the sting. I was planning to pick up a yearly subscription this month but could sense the winds of change were blowing through so I've been holding off to see where everything settles.
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Oh, boy. My All-Access membership might only be worth watching Mischievous Kiss at this point... -___-
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i want some Chinese historical drama damitt!!! good one dat is
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So with this I won't not only be able to watch my dramas on Crunchy. now i have to pay another fee to get it from it's sister site. and who knows when it'll be available on my Vita...not very happy right now
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am I missing something here that I should be losing my shit with you all? I use soompi.tv. There was an email invite for all access members to use k-drama.com; all you had to do was log in with your CR login. Did so, watched k-dramas. There was a notification that k-drama.com changed to soompi.tv. Still logging in with my CR login., still watching dramas.

am I missing something?
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it seems reeeeeally weird that they're axing most of the all-access exclusive content in one fell swoop, but still not talking about the plans future. in the forum post about manga being no longer exclusive, they at least mentioned that all-access would "get something eventually", but they havnt even said that much this time. they probably know what theyre doing behind closed doors, but im getting pretty confused.

at this rate, all-access is a more expensive service for essentially no reason, which means they'll probably just phase it out? but wouldnt that be a huge blow to them? not having upgraded accounts? maybe they'll recoup their loses from not having all-access, from the money they'll save by not pursuing drama licenses? but if soompi (ugh, that name) is where the drama goes, and is owned by the same umbrella company, maybe the all-access $ difference will supposedly be made up by membership with that?

i dunno...this is all pretty wonky. i upgraded to all-access because there were some dramas that caught my eye, and i wanted to support CR. the manga was a sweet little cherry on top, so i'll stick with it for now and see what they have to say about it.

also, i havnt tried soompi yet, but one thing i can say: it doesnt have device support like CR does. right now, i watch all my anime/dramas on my tv via ps4. for the time being, at least, soompi doesnt seem to have any apps for itself
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plaidypuss wrote:

am I missing something here that I should be losing my shit with you all? I use soompi.tv. There was an email invite for all access members to use k-drama.com; all you had to do was log in with your CR login. Did so, watched k-dramas. There was a notification that k-drama.com changed to soompi.tv. Still logging in with my CR login., still watching dramas.

am I missing something?


The accounts aren't linked to Crunchyroll, they're using some of the old KDrama database though. They use a different authentication and billing system. The parent company bought Soompi up last year in May, KDrama was shut down later in the year.

You're either being billed for both Crunchyroll and Soompi, or you've paid for a year of service from the old KDrama site that will end soon, or you now have a free account on Soompi whereby you can't actually play the HD streams, etc.

If you're able to log in and play the HD streams and you didn't pay for it and it's not a trial account I'd probably keep quiet about it. Or make sure you're not actually being billed by them.

As others have pointed out they've stated themselves they haven't had plans to link the accounts together but maybe that'll change in the future. Hoping at least that's what the surprise they were talking about will be.
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Posted 1/24/15 , edited 2/23/15

abitoutside70 wrote:

Really?! You know when people sign up for All Access memberships there is an expectation that there will be content above and beyond Premium memberships to justify the price difference in the subscriptions. With this loss of a significant part of the CR drama section on top of the loss in value of manga, I can't honestly say that I feel good about the annual All Access membership I purchased last Fall. It's a shame really.



I agree, I personally enjoyed a couple dramas on CR and thought ''whatever, might as well go with an All-Access if I'm going to also watch drama'' but with about 100 shows being removed from the CR library I feel I should've gone with the Anime Only membership.
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Crunchyroll Inc. acquired Soompi in May last year and began K-drama streams in October.
Looks like a consolidation of all things Korean on Soompi.

Doubt anything Korean will remain on CR shortly.
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