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I was wondering if Funi and Hulu are owned by same company? New shows end up on Hulu
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No, they just host Funi's videos thus making Funi extra money; Sentai/Aniplex/etc all do the same.
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CKD-Anime wrote:

No, they just host Funi's videos thus making Funi extra money; Sentai/Aniplex/etc all do the same.


Thanks was wondering because they have all funi new shows not to mention a lot of CR shows also amazing how many- Prison school just was added yesterday
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Almost every North American anime distributor aside from Crunchyroll pays Hulu to host their standard definition catalogs.

They set it up that way to make their services appeal to newcomers who don't yet have subscriptions for their services. So basically it's a really convenient way to set up a free viewing option since all they have to do is embed hulu videos onto their website.

Crunchyroll has to set all of that stuff up themselves from the ground up, and deal with advertisers directly. It nets them more ad revenue since they don't have to pay Hulu on the back end to host for them, but it is a lot of extra work and adds extra stress to their own servers.
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Almost every North American anime distributor aside from Crunchyroll pays Hulu to host their standard definition catalogs.

They set it up that way to make their services appeal to newcomers who don't yet have subscriptions for their services. So basically it's a really convenient way to set up a free viewing option since all they have to do is embed hulu videos onto their website.

Crunchyroll has to set all of that stuff up themselves from the ground up, and deal with advertisers directly. It nets them more ad revenue since they don't have to pay Hulu on the back end to host for them, but it is a lot of extra work and adds extra stress to their own servers.


What I find interesting is recently alot of shows on CR are on Hulu also and simulcasts are 1 week behind not that big of a deal
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What I find interesting is recently alot of shows on CR are on Hulu also and simulcasts are 1 week behind not that big of a deal


From what I gather, Crunchyroll works out deals to sub license the streaming rights to shows that already have North American licenses. For example you'll see a lot of Sentai Filmworks titles in Crunchyroll's catalog. But in that case, almost all Sentai shows are also shown on 'The Anime Network.' Which is one of those sites that uses Hulu to offload their SD catalog with.

So you'll often see Sentai shows on both Crunchyroll and Hulu/The Anime Network. And that happens with other companies as well. It can all be kind of confusing
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scoobydew wrote:

What I find interesting is recently alot of shows on CR are on Hulu also and simulcasts are 1 week behind not that big of a deal


From what I gather, Crunchyroll works out deals to sub license the streaming rights to shows that already have North American licenses. For example you'll see a lot of Sentai Filmworks titles in Crunchyroll's catalog. But in that case, almost all Sentai shows are also shown on 'The Anime Network.' Which is one of those sites that uses Hulu to offload their SD catalog with.

So you'll often see Sentai shows on both Crunchyroll and Hulu/The Anime Network. And that happens with other companies as well. It can all be kind of confusing


Thanks for info because I was surprised how much recently Hulu has expanded catalog also with Bleach,Naruto and One Piece you name it they seem to have it. Plus anime movies another huge catalog. For a anime fan it works for me better to have CR and Hulu.
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scoobydew wrote:

Thanks for info because I was surprised how much recently Hulu has expanded catalog also with Bleach,Naruto and One Piece you name it they seem to have it. Plus anime movies another huge catalog. For a anime fan it works for me better to have CR and Hulu.


I've found that Crunchyroll and Funimation are the biggest bang for my buck. They have the least amount of over-lap between catalogs, and I like to watch on a larger TV so HD is a big factor for me.

Since Hulu anime is almost 100% SD, it's not even necessary to have a hulu plus subscription to use it. So it can be kind of nice to use it for the shows that fell into the cracks that neither CR or Funimation have; which are usually a couple Sentai titles, and a bunch of Viz Media (Neon Alley) titles, among a few others peppered here and there.
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scoobydew wrote:

Thanks for info because I was surprised how much recently Hulu has expanded catalog also with Bleach,Naruto and One Piece you name it they seem to have it. Plus anime movies another huge catalog. For a anime fan it works for me better to have CR and Hulu.


I've found that Crunchyroll and Funimation are the biggest bang for my buck. They have the least amount of over-lap between catalogs, and I like to watch on a larger TV so HD is a big factor for me.

Since Hulu anime is almost 100% SD, it's not even necessary to have a hulu plus subscription to use it. So it can be kind of nice to use it for the shows that fell into the cracks that neither CR or Funimation have; which are usually a couple Sentai titles, and a bunch of Viz Media (Neon Alley) titles, among a few others peppered here and there.


So when you stream HD to your TV is the setting 1080? Do you experience any problems on TV like the computer sometimes has like slowing down or forcing you to reboot
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So when you stream HD to your TV is the setting 1080? Do you experience any problems on TV like the computer sometimes has like slowing down or forcing you to reboot


No, I actually haven't streamed Crunchyroll shows on my computer in a couple years. I have several Roku's in the house, and also sometimes use my Xbox 360 app.

Streaming devices use a different content delivery network than the website does, so I don't generally have any issues streaming in 1080p. I had horrible issues with the web video player back in the day, but no big problems since I've made the switch.
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scoobydew wrote:

So when you stream HD to your TV is the setting 1080? Do you experience any problems on TV like the computer sometimes has like slowing down or forcing you to reboot


No, I actually haven't streamed Crunchyroll shows on my computer in a couple years. I have several Roku's in the house, and also sometimes use my Xbox 360 app.

Streaming devices use a different content delivery network than the website does, so I don't generally have any issues streaming in 1080p. I had horrible issues with the web video player back in the day, but no big problems since I've made the switch.


Nice- I thought that might be the case thanks for such useful knowledge.
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