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Posted 9/6/15
Hey guys, I was just wondering if there was anyone uses anime network, and if it has enough unique content to make someone want to subscribe.
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It's alright. It introduced me to a few shows that I wouldn't have seen otherwise, and it's kind of nice to have that feeling of waiting for that one day of the week when your favorite shows update as opposed to just binge-watching everything. If you want to have something a little closer to the experience of watching anime on TV and you want to be introduced to a few obscure shows (of varying quality), then it's a pretty good option. Otherwise, don't bother.
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Posted 9/6/15

Hibsterr wrote:

Hey guys, I was just wondering if there was anyone uses anime network, and if it has enough unique content to make someone want to subscribe.


If you want to watch on Roku, it's worth it, (because you can't use that platform otherwise)...

At least for a few months until you catch up on their older catalog, that is. Most of what they have different is older shows that neither Funi nor CR have. There are even a few gems, like "Garden of Words" that are worth catching up on. They really aren't competing for simulcasts, even though they do have some of the same shows as CR. Those are delayed from when CR makes them available.

They used to have a nice one-page summary but I can't seem to find it right now, you have to go one letter at a time to see them all... They have changed the look of their site recently.

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Well, I spent some time today considering this very issue! In the end, I figured there are more than a few series there that I haven't seen elsewhere, or that I have seen and want to re-watch, so I decided to take the plunge. It's on a monthly basis, so it's not difficult to cancel if I want.
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Posted 9/6/15

Hibsterr wrote:

Hey guys, I was just wondering if there was anyone uses anime network, and if it has enough unique content to make someone want to subscribe.


I would get hulu+ instead. In my opinion it's the best alternative, they have a huge selection of anime and it's only almost any platform unlike anime network.
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Posted 9/6/15
^ pretty much this.

Almost all of Anime Networks anime are on there. Plus you get some of Funimation's anime is you don't have a Funi account.
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Well, it turns out I'm not good enough for either since I'm Canadian. But thanks for all the suggestions guys!
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Posted 9/6/15 , edited 9/6/15
All I can say is subscribing through the Roku channel is good. A large selection of shows some of which are rare to find. Subscribing through your cable box is bad, you get about 1/20th to 1/40th of what you get on the Roku Channel.

Also I've heard that Anime-Planet is Worldwide and offers Crunchyroll, Hulu and Viki content. I'm not sure what they offer for content up there but it may be worth checking out .
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All I can say is subscribing through the Roku channel is good. A large selection of shows some of which are rare to find. Subscribing through your cable box is bad, you get about 1/20th to 1/40th of what you get on the Roku Channel.

Also I've heard that Anime-Planet is Worldwide and offers Crunchyroll, Hulu and Viki content. I'm not sure what they offer for content up there but it may be worth checking out .


You sir are awesome, I've never seen that site.

As for TAN i refuse to use their sub based service on the account they only use Pay Pal or at least did as of earlier this year.
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Posted 9/6/15

Haruna-kai wrote:


neugenx wrote:

All I can say is subscribing through the Roku channel is good. A large selection of shows some of which are rare to find. Subscribing through your cable box is bad, you get about 1/20th to 1/40th of what you get on the Roku Channel.

Also I've heard that Anime-Planet is Worldwide and offers Crunchyroll, Hulu and Viki content. I'm not sure what they offer for content up there but it may be worth checking out .


You sir are awesome, I've never seen that site.

As for TAN i refuse to use their sub based service on the account they only use Pay Pal or at least did as of earlier this year.


Yvw .Glad to help .

TAN does still use Paypal and iTunes to handle their payment methods.
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Posted 9/7/15
i can't believe this. i'm from canada, and just a few weeks ago was still able to watch anime on TAN. but no longer. this makes me soooo
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Posted 9/7/15

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i can't believe this. i'm from canada, and just a few weeks ago was still able to watch anime on TAN. but no longer. this makes me soooo


This explains what happened to me yesterday. I signed up for their 2 week free trial, confirmed that I wanted a monthly subscription, set up the recurring payments with PayPal, downloaded the app, signed in, and...nothing. Can't play a single video, either on the app or on their website. Nowhere on their website does it say that Canadians can't subscribe; in fact, in one of their FAQs, there is information on how to deal with a region-blocking problem, which includes as part of its answer 'Send us an email with your username, actual IP address, your state/PROVINCE (emphasis mine) and country'. Not sure what's going on here, but I may have wasted a deal of time. I sent a support request, but, as this is Labor Day, I won't be hearing from them for a bit.
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Posted 9/9/15 , edited 9/9/15
A little update for you potential Canadian TAN subscribers: according to a support reply I received today, they are having problems with their Canadian users, and are working on resolving things. I did try logging in and viewing on my laptop, and things were working, so it looks like a mobile device problem.
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Posted 9/9/15
Weird. I had no idea that they had a Roku channel now.

I doubt I'll subscribe again though. There aren't really a huge amount of series that don't overlap with Crunchyroll. And for the ones that do I am usually content enough to watch them in SD with Hulu.
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