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What's the normal period that a site licenses an anime? What I'm getting at is will the flag be lifted for North America for Love Live Sunshine when Funimations license runs out?
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ShinAmaterasu wrote:

What's the normal period that a site licenses an anime? What I'm getting at is will the flag be lifted for North America for Love Live Sunshine when Funimations license runs out?

tl;dr answer: You'll be waiting a long time.

The longer answer is the time period is based on the contract, but based on when we've seen titles expire from CR, even streaming only contracts are normally for years. Also, if they haven't already done so, Funimation can be expected to license the series for home video, and those contracts definitely last for years, and could be expected to have streaming rights tied to it.


While it doesn't really pertain to the matter at hand, I should point out some streaming licenses have been shorter. For example, CR's original license for Fairy Tail when the first series was being simulcast was that they could keep each episode a mere 30 days. Even it its time, however, that one was an oddball.

The next shortest was some early Kadokawa licenses, which were set to expire 90 days after the simulcast ended. That soon seemed to change to "...if Kadokawa so desires", and the shows seemed to be removed only some time after they were licensed by someone else (e.g., Funimation).

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TheAncientOne wrote:


ShinAmaterasu wrote:

What's the normal period that a site licenses an anime? What I'm getting at is will the flag be lifted for North America for Love Live Sunshine when Funimations license runs out?

tl;dr answer: You'll be waiting a long time.

The longer answer is the time period is based on the contract, but based on when we've seen titles expire from CR, even streaming only contracts are normally for years. Also, if they haven't already done so, Funimation can be expected to license the series for home video, and those contracts definitely last for years, and could be expected to have streaming rights tied to it.


While it doesn't really pertain to the matter at hand, I should point out some streaming licenses have been shorter. For example, CR's original license for Fairy Tail when the first series was being simulcast was that they could keep each episode a mere 30 days. Even it its time, however, that one was an oddball.

The next shortest was some early Kadokawa licenses, which were set to expire 90 days after the simulcast ended. That soon seemed to change to "...if Kadokawa so desires", and the shows seemed to be removed only some time after they were licensed by someone else (e.g., Funimation).



Ok thanks for the help. Looks like I'll have to get another girlfriend [anime sub]
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