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This topic is posed almost directly to the administration team and content creators, however I would also like to know what the community wants and their opinions.

I think that it would be a great idea to integrate an option for Premium members to be able to download and view Anime and Manga offline. Understandably, there are going to have to be restrictions because of licensing agreements and copyright laws.

My primary arguments would be the data costs incurred by mobile streaming and the lack of WiFi connectivity. A majority of people who watch any form of mobile entertainment typically don't live a lifestyle that allows them to sit in one place for an extended period of time which is the primary attraction of shorter shows. A commute to work would give enough time to watch a short episode, however the cost of streaming would make one less likely to view that episode over mobile data. At the same time the content cannot be fully enjoyed if, say halfway through an episode it was time to leave the house, you have to exit the range of your WiFi network and transition to mobile data in order to complete an episode.

I understand that there would need to be definite restrictions also such as:
Diminishing the possibility of exporting the downloaded files.
Setting a limit on the amount of content that can be downloaded to a realistic level.
Limit the time content can remain on a device by setting a reminder to remove the content after a full viewing or setting a 24 hour timer on content once it has been accessed, or viewing has begun.
Lastly, barring access to downloaded content in the instance a membership has lapsed and only allowing the standard streaming option.

This, I believe, will prove beneficial to both Crunchyroll and its premium members. Not only will this allow the members access content more frequently, this will also lengthen the duration of memberships by deterring the want to seek pirated content that can be downloaded and manipulated, and also bring in more members who would look elsewhere in the first place.

This is a better solution for both Crunchyroll and the Content Creators.
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Posted 8/22/15

Iron_Lion wrote:

This topic is posed almost directly to the administration team and content creators, however I would also like to know what the community wants and their opinions.

I think that it would be a great idea to integrate an option for Premium members to be able to download and view Anime and Manga offline. Understandably, there are going to have to be restrictions because of licensing agreements and copyright laws.

My primary arguments would be the data costs incurred by mobile streaming and the lack of WiFi connectivity. A majority of people who watch any form of mobile entertainment typically don't live a lifestyle that allows them to sit in one place for an extended period of time which is the primary attraction of shorter shows. A commute to work would give enough time to watch a short episode, however the cost of streaming would make one less likely to view that episode over mobile data. At the same time the content cannot be fully enjoyed if, say halfway through an episode it was time to leave the house, you have to exit the range of your WiFi network and transition to mobile data in order to complete an episode.

I understand that there would need to be definite restrictions also such as:
Diminishing the possibility of exporting the downloaded files.
Setting a limit on the amount of content that can be downloaded to a realistic level.
Limit the time content can remain on a device by setting a reminder to remove the content after a full viewing or setting a 24 hour timer on content once it has been accessed, or viewing has begun.
Lastly, barring access to downloaded content in the instance a membership has lapsed and only allowing the standard streaming option.

This, I believe, will prove beneficial to both Crunchyroll and its premium members. Not only will this allow the members access content more frequently, this will also lengthen the duration of memberships by deterring the want to seek pirated content that can be downloaded and manipulated, and also bring in more members who would look elsewhere in the first place.

This is a better solution for both Crunchyroll and the Content Creators.


This would require both additional rights (which would likely be more expensive), and a new playback method and DRM/copy-protection solution, and given the lack of obvious updates to the web Flash player, it may be difficult for CR to devote resources to building such a platform.

I personally would get no benefit from it, but I know I'm not necessarily in the majority on such topics.
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