Post Reply Option to buy/rent anime and manga
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I like the subscription method for general anime and manga, but I noticed there are a lot of titles not available (particularly manga) for viewing and reading. I was thinking that if there was an option to buy specific titles and/or rent them that we might be able to get more titles as part of the catalog that wouldn't be able to make it to the site under the subscription method. I imagine buying and renting titles would be more profitable for creators and licensors so they might be more likely to let their work be available on Crunchyroll.
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Online rental/digital purchase for anime would likely not be a profitable business. It requires different types of licenses and much higher prices than you probably imagine.
Some disc publishers in European markets run a digital rent-an-episode scheme, and the pricing usually starts at $2.25 an episode, up to about $3.40 an episode. Means you will pay around $30 for a single series, for a rental of 48 hours per episode, if you rent single episodes.
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Online rental/digital purchase for anime would likely not be a profitable business. It requires different types of licenses and much higher prices than you probably imagine.
Some disc publishers in European markets run a digital rent-an-episode scheme, and the pricing usually starts at $2.25 an episode, up to about $3.40 an episode. Means you will pay around $30 for a single series, for a rental of 48 hours per episode, if you rent single episodes.
Maybe it's just more expensive in the UK? On Google Play Movies in the US it's $1.99 per episode to buy and keep. You can also purchase the full season for less than the total price of buying each individual episode. Google play movies actually don't seem to offer renting of tv shows from what I see, only movies. Maybe a buy-only method for anime/manga would be better?

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From what I know those pay-to-keep digital offerings were never successful when it comes to anime. Most offerings were soon retracted. Also they come with a DRM requiring you to be online to log in and verify your identity. It's also not a true purchase, as it will not work any more if the vendor ceases to operate. They also still keep a lock on the content and you cannot just freely make copies of it.
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I honestly don't mind the DRM stuff or whether or not it's a "true" purchase, as long as it's convenient. I think it would be worth a shot though (particularly with manga). I don't think people should just give up because others have failed. If they keep trying, there's a chance somebody will succeed.
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