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Well, being in the US I never thought I'd have a problem viewing shows on CR but recently I've been coming across one or two more shows a season that are not available for viewing "due to licensing limitations."

I understand other regions deal with this far more often than I do so I don't have much to complain about, however I wanted to vent my frustration and disappointment toward CR and any other entity responsible for this restriction. I realize the US isn't Japan's bread and butter for anime sales but it seems counterproductive for a show to be restricted in the home country of the regions largest legal site (at least to my knowledge).

CR, please fight harder for us. I'd rather not subscribe to another site just to watch some shows.

Thank you.
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Posted 2/19/15

LostGamer wrote:

Well, being in the US I never thought I'd have a problem viewing shows on CR but recently I've been coming across one or two more shows a season that are not available for viewing "due to licensing limitations."

I understand other regions deal with this far more often than I do so I don't have much to complain about, however I wanted to vent my frustration and disappointment toward CR and any other entity responsible for this restriction. I realize the US isn't Japan's bread and butter for anime sales but it seems counterproductive for a show to be restricted in the home country of the regions largest legal site (at least to my knowledge).

CR, please fight harder for us. I'd rather not subscribe to another site just to watch some shows.

Thank you.


Most stuff that shows up as licensing restrictions in the US has an exclusive license with another company. CR bids on pretty much everything that come up afaik.
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Posted 2/19/15

horrorshowjack wrote:


LostGamer wrote:

Well, being in the US I never thought I'd have a problem viewing shows on CR but recently I've been coming across one or two more shows a season that are not available for viewing "due to licensing limitations."

I understand other regions deal with this far more often than I do so I don't have much to complain about, however I wanted to vent my frustration and disappointment toward CR and any other entity responsible for this restriction. I realize the US isn't Japan's bread and butter for anime sales but it seems counterproductive for a show to be restricted in the home country of the regions largest legal site (at least to my knowledge).

CR, please fight harder for us. I'd rather not subscribe to another site just to watch some shows.

Thank you.


Most stuff that shows up as licensing restrictions in the US has an exclusive license with another company. CR bids on pretty much everything that come up afaik.


Usually FUNimation.
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I think Crunchyroll's hands are tied when this sort of stuff comes up. And like others mentioned, it's usually because an anime licensing company, such as Funimation or Sentai Filmworks, has the rights for North American distribution. And they may want exclusive access to streaming rights as a result, as it gives them an additional source of income so I can't fault them for that, as I'd imagine it's not cheap to license anime, especially the popular ones.

However, once in a while they may sub-license it to Crunchyroll such as with Attack on Titan. Which if I recall was simulcast when it first came out, then taken off for a while, but now is available to view again.

I'm guessing they do this so as to promote the show, and help expand it to a wider audience than they could hope to do on their own. Which may or may not translate into more sales of the DVD/Blu-ray.

That said, I do hate how stuff like that fragments the already small audience (outside of Japan that is). It's sort of like how video game companies attempt to launch their own version of Steam. The reasons vary for why they launch their own competitor service, but you can't argue that Steam is the best choice if you want your game to reach a wide audience. You probably won't find too many, if any, non-EA games on EA's Origin service.
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UprisingDestin89 wrote:

Cannot watch One Punch Man, Bleach, One Piece,Kill la Kill, Persona 4 The Animation, Lupin the 3rd, World Trigger, Erased and Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation.


One punch man isn't on here for any region.

One punch man, Kill la Kill, Persona 4 The Animation Erased and maybe more could be on http://www.daisuki.net/ Though they did have a clean for a bunch of old shows so Kill la Kill, Persona 4 The Animation might not be on there anymore.
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He's in the Philippines according to his profile. He might just be out of luck when it comes to content availability, as Asia is often not part of foreign licensing deals. Not even Daisuki might have an offering for them.
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I'm also going to say. Stop pretending you're so entitled. You aren't some blessed human being. Crunchyroll isn't like Funimation that is made for only US viewers.
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I'm going to give my say on this licencing matter.....

Firstly I am like a lot of CR fans a paid subscriber. If I am paying X amount then I would expect to have access to all of CRs library and not just stuff that is limited by region.

There has been quite a few shows that I've been waiting and wanting to watch but can't due to licencing rules. How come, again, I like others pay a subscription but yet can't watch what we want to watch which is within CRs library. I may as well cancel my subscription and look elsewhere which does have the shows that are also in CRs library but can't share this with their subscribers.

If there is a licencing rule restricting you being able to broadcast to your viewers then maybe you should thnk about removing the show/s and removing the subscription fee and making it free instead.

Rant over!!!

*wonder if CR actually read these rants?!*
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Listo75 wrote:

I'm going to give my say on this licencing matter.....

Firstly I am like a lot of CR fans a paid subscriber. If I am paying X amount then I would expect to have access to all of CRs library and not just stuff that is limited by region.

There has been quite a few shows that I've been waiting and wanting to watch but can't due to licencing rules. How come, again, I like others pay a subscription but yet can't watch what we want to watch which is within CRs library. I may as well cancel my subscription and look elsewhere which does have the shows that are also in CRs library but can't share this with their subscribers.

If there is a licencing rule restricting you being able to broadcast to your viewers then maybe you should thnk about removing the show/s and removing the subscription fee and making it free instead.

Rant over!!!

*wonder if CR actually read these rants?!*


It's not as easy as you make it out to be. It's an open market, with dozens of companies competing for those licenses. It's a given that a single service will never be able to acquire all content. It's the same situation as with other TV series.
We already have much lower subscription prices for most countries compared to the US in first place, mostly due to exchange rate fluctuation, but also in order to make our service affordable in all regions that we serve.
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ranzigeteef wrote:
The good thing is, this isn't really illegal since there is no law that dictates you have to visit a website from your own IP.

Unless you are familiar with the laws of every country in the world, I would be careful about making such a blanket statement.

One thing that is certain is that it is a violation of Crunchyroll's terms of service.

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ranzigeteef wrote:

I am mostly, and by choice unfamiliar with the laws that have been written up to protect the rich and exploit the weak. Regardless of that, the Internet should never be restricted by the laws of a country, not because i am against law and order, but again, because all these socalled laws do, is protect the people who don't need protection but soulcleansing. I will therefor object to any law and terms of service that is made for the sole purpose of making the company more money. They should be concerned more with their audience. The true power lies with us, not them. Without us anime loving visitors they wouldn't exist.
Crunchyroll is making enough money as it is and I see no reason for them to invest the time or money in pursuing offenders of the use of proxies. They would have to create an entire team for that which probably isn't worth their time nor money. Don't fall for their fake fear traps mr wise wizard.


By using this, or any website, you are agreeing to it's Terms of Service, and part of CR's TOS is that you won't "Forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any posting or in any way use the Site or Services to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information;" which is what a proxy does. If users announce that they are using a proxy service to intentionally bypass regional restrictions, CR doesn't need to invest much effort in finding them.
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