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nanikore2 wrote:
Then it stands to reason to expect a better strategy when it comes to acquisitions instead of taking the shotgun approach and end up getting outbid on the Big Fishes.


They switch it up some seasons and go big when it makes sense (like getting AoT and SAO), but in general, their strategy is to have the most shows with maybe one or two bigger ones they splurge on. This season I think they were banking some on Kiznaiver and obviously JoJo is JoJo. FUNi's approach is always about quality, or rather being more selective with their picks and bidding higher for those. Sometimes they win big and other times they have an embarrassing season. So, CR is basically playing things more conservative from a business standpoint, and looking at their subscriber base more than triple in the past three years, I think it has paid off.

Though, Amazon or Netflix could destroy them both with their deep pockets and state of the art CDN infrastructure if they ever wanted to get into the anime simulcast game on a large scale. I understand if an individual is disappointed CR missed out on a big title or one they really wanted, but CR knows what they are doing long term and not to brake the bank to please the few when the many are served better with how they are approaching it currently. If anything, I think the region lock outs are the bigger issues for CR to grow. They need to focus on more regions for shows they do get so they maximize that show's legal viewing on CR worldwide.
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nanikore2 wrote:
Then it stands to reason to expect a better strategy when it comes to acquisitions instead of taking the shotgun approach and end up getting outbid on the Big Fishes.


I would hesitate to call Netoge or Kabaneri "Big Fishes".

As a member of both CR and Funi, Funi's pickings this season are on the slim side ( but this whole season is kinda meh ). Netoge can be amusing but its nothing you haven't seen 100 times already. Kumo Miko is is a nice slice of life, but nothing special and you really need to be in the mood to watch it. My Hero Academia is well done but its by the numbers shonen.

RE: Zero is probably about the best thing on right now and the only show I watch as soon as I can.




How about the qualification of "bigger fishes than the overflow of small minnows in the pond"?

Yes I agree about RE:Zero, and Sailor Moon is the other show I keep up on (I didn't see much of the old series past R so the current story's new to me)... As mentioned by other users above, there is almost an overabundance of shows where, let's say, that many of us could theoretically be better served with a different acquisition strategy.
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sonic720 wrote:

So, CR is basically playing things more conservative from a business standpoint, and looking at their subscriber base more than triple in the past three years, I think it has paid off.

Though, Amazon or Netflix could destroy them both with their deep pockets and state of the art CDN infrastructure if they ever wanted to get into the anime simulcast game on a large scale. I understand if an individual is disappointed CR missed out on a big title or one they really wanted, but CR knows what they are doing long term and not to brake the bank to please the few when the many are served better with how they are approaching it currently.


Well, if the question is having faith in what they're doing now then there's really not much else I could say about it. I do think 29 shows is a bit overdone. Even cutting as much as less than a 3rd could mean bigger bids. I'm not going to pretend to know anything about the pricing so perhaps those "smaller" shows, while not as appreciated, would be higher value businesswise just because they're "cheap". I can understand that- The concern isn't with the real value to CR but the perceived value of the end user who ends up only watching maybe 1 or 2 shows (no I am not saying "change stuff until I always watch 5 or more shows at a time" because that's not a reasonable demand but "maybe think something over and tweak it a bit")

On the subject of Amazon, it's hard for me to take them seriously right now because their current streaming interface and app performance suck...
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nanikore2 wrote:
How about the qualification of "bigger fishes than the overflow of small minnows in the pond"?

Yes I agree about RE:Zero, and Sailor Moon is the other show I keep up on (I didn't see much of the old series past R so the current story's new to me)... As mentioned by other users above, there is almost an overabundance of shows where, let's say, that many of us could theoretically be better served with a different acquisition strategy.


Honestly, there wasn't much worth dropping big bucks to acquire this season. And when then are an abundance of Big Fishes, so to speak, they usually get split between CR and Funi. Neither site is ever going to have all of the big titles of any given season. Changing acquisition strategies isn't going to change that really. Short of taking the Amazon approach of "Throw an absurd amount of money at it consequences be damned".

But neither CR or Funi are sitting on billions of revenue and off shore profits.

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I'm just glad and thankful CR is able to bring us anime whether it be old or new. If anything I would like for companies like Funimation to revive series that went out of print and sell them on DVD/Blu-ray.
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