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Hello everyone! Just now at E3, our parent company, Ellation, made some huge announcements, and the Crunchyroll team are here to share in the excitement and answer any questions you may have!

To begin, we'd like to share a few words from Dallas Middaugh, Head of Brand and Community at Crunchyroll:


Anime fans have power. A LOT of power.

Case in point: We've come a long way from your parents' days when watching anime meant trading VHS tapes at conventions, but as anime fans, it used to be that we'd have to do things like that to get the shows we wanted to watch. We had to go the extra mile. It meant we were early adopters: While the rest of the U.S. was still making the slow shift away from VHS, we were buying all our anime on DVD, which helped pave the way for the rest of the market. When Blu-Ray became available, we went there first, blazing the trail. When streaming became an option, we leapt for it; first on YouTube, then on fan sites, simply because, like in the old VHS days, there just wasn't an option to stream anime legally.

Crunchyroll started as a video sharing platform, but you probably knew that already. We were (and still are) anime fans who saw a way to make it easier to watch the anime we loved. In doing so, we became the first dedicated major streaming service in any category. This was years before Netflix and Hulu - because just like with VHS, DVD, and then Blu-Ray, we've always done whatever it took to get anime.

Today, thanks to the passion (and persistence) of anime fans, we now have access to everything. Not just the anime, but the manga, the clothes, the merchandise... there's never been a better time to be a fan of anime, and you all made this happen. I know I've been saying we, because at Crunchyroll, we're big fans. But the truth of it is that without you, we wouldn't exist. Your passion gives you power, and you've led the way for streaming video as we know it today, just as you've led the way for decades.

So why am I talking about this? Because our parent company, Ellation, has just announced a new service called VRV, and we think it represents the future. It's getting harder and harder to navigate all the different streaming options out there. VRV will be hosting the kind of stuff anime fans are likely to enjoy, like Rooster Teeth (home of RWBY) and Geek & Sundry, who talk about the games we love to play. Pick and choose what you want; take what you like and leave the rest behind. Or try out something new that could turn into your next favorite.

As VRV has been planned out over the past year or two, there's been one guiding principle behind it: What would Crunchyroll fans want? There's no single answer, of course, but know that VRV would not exist without you.

So what does this mean for Crunchyroll? Are we being absorbed into VRV? No. Like several of the partner channels, Crunchyroll will still be available as a stand-alone app which we'll continue to update and improve so you can continue enjoying your anime uninterrupted. You might find, though, that there's something in VRV you want to try out, and that's the beauty of the service.

But hey, it's up to you. You’ve got the power!




Today, Ellation announced VRV, a new video experience bringing the best of anime, animation, gaming, comedy, fantasy, and technology to fans in one unified environment. We know you love great anime, but if you’re interested in shows like Bravest Warriors, RWBY, Cyanide & Happiness, and Bee and Puppy Cat, you’ll be in love with VRV. The app will launch later this year, and we’re proud to say that, in addition to the Crunchyroll you know and love now, we’ll also be one of the launch channels on VRV!



In addition to Crunchyroll, VRV will be home to Cartoon Hangover, Rooster Teeth, Seeso, Nerdist Alpha, and Geek & Sundry Alpha, with other channels to be announced in the coming months. Similar to Crunchyroll, the channels on VRV will have free content available via an ad-supported model and each channel will also have an ad-free premium offering. VRV viewers will have the option to subscribe to the full, premium offerings á la carte or to a bundle of select channels at a greater value.



We couldn’t be more excited to have Crunchyroll reach new audiences that may be interested in the other premium channels that VRV has to offer, but wouldn’t necessarily download a separate dedicated app. That said, this is all-upside for the current Crunchyroll community: Crunchyroll is not changing ~



Crunchyroll will remain a standalone service and all of its content will remain accessible through our platform in perpetuity. Subscribers can either access our anime through Crunchyroll, like you do now, or through VRV.

We’ll be answering any questions you have, and we’re eager to see what you think!

VRV FAQ

How will this affect Crunchyroll?
Crunchyroll will become a channel on VRV in addition to its current standalone service. It’s like how you can subscribe to HBO NOW, or add HBO onto your cable package.

What devices will VRV be made available on?
VRV will be available on web, mobile, and living room devices. Microsoft serves as a device partner, with VRV available on XBOX One at launch.

How much will the service cost?
VRV is a collection of services so viewers will have the option to subscribe to the full, premium offerings á la carte or multiple channels at greater value. Full pricing will be announced at a later date.

Will a free version be available?
Yes. Each channel on VRV will have a free ad-supported offering VRV will have both a free subscription where users can view ad-supported content, and a premium offering where all content is ad-free.

What channels will be available on VRV?
Crunchyroll, Cartoon Hangover, Rooster Teeth, Seeso, Nerdist Alpha, and Geek & Sundry Alpha will all be available on VRV, with additional premium channels being available at launch.

Will any content be exclusive to VRV?
Yes. VRV will feature some channels that are exclusive to our platform, for example Cartoon Hangover will be available exclusively on VRV.

Why can't I access the VRV site?
VRV.co is only available in the US at this time.
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So say someone some subscribes through VRV to CR via á la carte or multiple channel deal. Does that mean they get premium status on their account on the Crunchyroll site as well or does it not work like that? Because from the sounds of it if you have premium on the Crunchyroll site you have premium through VRV (for Crunchyroll) as well so I'm not sure how that would work unless you had to sign into a Crunchyroll account.

Also if you get premium through VRV for Crunchyroll does that mean you get access to the Crunchyroll manga catalog as well when you visit the site or will that not be the case? If that's not the case will the price on VRV be adjusted accordingly? Because I assume that the price to pick up Crunchyroll via á la carte will be about the same as a premium subscription on the site which includes manga.
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Grauger wrote:

So say someone some subscribes through VRV to CR via á la carte or multiple channel deal. Does that mean they get premium status on their account on the Crunchyroll site as well or does it not work like that? Because from the sounds of it if you have premium on the Crunchyroll site you have premium through VRV (for Crunchyroll) as well so I'm not sure how that would work unless you had to sign into a Crunchyroll account.

Also if you get premium through VRV for Crunchyroll does that mean you get access to the Crunchyroll manga catalog as well when you visit the site or will that not be the case? If that's not the case will the price on VRV be adjusted accordingly? Because I assume that the price to pick up Crunchyroll via á la carte will be about the same as a premium subscription on the site which includes manga.


A Crunchyroll subscription is a Crunchyroll subscription, no matter how you get it ~

If you get a CR membership as part of VRV, you'll be able to log onto CR and read manga, get discounts on the store, watch in HD, etc. There's no information about the pricing yet, but I always appreciate someone looking for the best deals!
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Grauger wrote:

So say someone some subscribes through VRV to CR via á la carte or multiple channel deal. Does that mean they get premium status on their account on the Crunchyroll site as well or does it not work like that? Because from the sounds of it if you have premium on the Crunchyroll site you have premium through VRV (for Crunchyroll) as well so I'm not sure how that would work unless you had to sign into a Crunchyroll account.

Also if you get premium through VRV for Crunchyroll does that mean you get access to the Crunchyroll manga catalog as well when you visit the site or will that not be the case? If that's not the case will the price on VRV be adjusted accordingly? Because I assume that the price to pick up Crunchyroll via á la carte will be about the same as a premium subscription on the site which includes manga.


A Crunchyroll subscription is a Crunchyroll subscription, no matter how you get it ~

If you get a CR membership as part of the VRV bundle, you'll be able to log onto CR and read manga, get discounts on the store, watch in HD, etc. There's no information about the pricing yet, but I always appreciate someone looking for the best deals!

Thanks for the reply
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What if I want to take advantage of the packages? Will VRV take into account my current subscriptions through CR and Seeso, which I currently get through their respective websites? Or will I have to cancel and subscribe through them to get the best deals?
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Seeso? Well I guess I'm in, I need that McElroy goodness

(hey wait didn't I answer an absurdly long survey about this a couple years ago?)
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This sounds neat, Ill look into it.
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What confused me most about this announcement, was that Crunchyroll had a parent company. I had been under the impression CR had just had investors, but was otherwise it's own company (Other than that K-Drama site split a few years back, when we still had Anime, All Access, and Drama Subscriptions), how long has CR been under Ellation?
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Hehaho1830 wrote:

What confused me most about this announcement, was that Crunchyroll had a parent company. I had been under the impression CR had just had investors, but was otherwise it's own company (Other than that K-Drama site split a few years back, when we still had Anime, All Access, and Drama Subscriptions), how long has CR been under Ellation?


Here's info from the Crunchyroll wiki page

"On April 22, 2014, AT&T and The Chernin Group announced the formation of a joint venture to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services. Both companies committed over $500 million in funding to the venture. The new company was named Otter Media and became the majority owner of Crunchyroll. On August 3, 2015, Variety reported that Otter Media will unveil Ellation, a new umbrella company for its subscription-based video services including Crunchyroll."
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Will this new platform have multi language support (like CR have)?
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Will this new platform have multi language support (like CR have)?


We don't have any information on this at this time.
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Im sure it'd have its uses, the only thing that has me concerned is

shinji wrote:
Will any content be exclusive to VRV?
Yes. VRV will feature some content that is exclusive to our platform, for example Cartoon Hangover will be available exclusively on VRV. What content is given to VRV exclusively will be determined by each individual content provider.

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Does this mean CR will launch some anime exclusively on VRV eventually with no way for the premium members here to have access without subscribing to VRV?
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So what's the possibility of adding Funimation and/or other anime streaming sites into the bundle?

This kind of thing seems like exactly what the fans need in order to get all the shows they want to watch at a not-so-high price, but I guess that would be pretty hard to do since they're competitors after all. Really, though, I'd say the only reason for this type of bundles to exist would be something like that.

Not like it matters for me since I'm not from the US...
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yoosergio wrote:

So what's the possibility of adding Funimation and/or other anime streaming sites into the bundle?

This kind of thing seems like exactly what the fans need in order to get all the shows they want to watch at a not-so-high price, but I guess that would be pretty hard to do since they're competitors after all. Really, though, I'd say the only reason for this type of bundles to exist would be something like that.


Definitely a good consideration on Ellation's part to acquire Funi as part of their services. Amazon, Daisuki, and now Netflix does have exclusive rights to certain stuff still but a Funi + Crunchyroll package takes care of a majority of stuff out there.
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So what does 'VRV' stand for exactly? I can't seem to find any information about the name in the OP.

I'm asking because I'm interested in Virtual Reality technology and with a name like 'VRV' this new service sounds like it was designed with virtual reality in mind.

However, when referring to what platforms VRV will be available on:


shinji wrote:

What devices will VRV be made available on?
VRV will be available on web, mobile, and living room devices. Microsoft serves as a device partner, with VRV available across Xbox at launch.

There's nothing here that directly mentions VRV in relation to virtual reality support. Which is a pity; I'm quite impressed by the Netflix virtual reality app on my Gear VR; if only for the thrill of being able watching The Matrix while 'sitting' on a digital couch in virtual reality.

I'm sure that Ellation is following the growth of the virtual reality industry closely and no doubt has every intention of moving to those platforms at the first opportunity, to make sure that streaming anime content isn't left behind as consumers shift from web browsers to virtual reality interfaces.

So then, I guess my question is really - does VRV support virtual reality platforms like Gear VR, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift?
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