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Posted 7/11/16
Good day

Me and my friend recently had a debate on region locking and if using systems to bypass these locks to watch shows hurt your regions chances of getting future licenses. However we could not find the information we needed to answer the following questions:

1. Does crunchyroll determine which regions get which shows by historical viewer data, subscriber percentage by region or simply abide by the wishes of the anime studios?

2. Does crunchyroll keep a record of how many views a particular show gets by region? Say this show gets 70% views from US but that show gets more views from UK and so forth? And also does this data factor into future licensing agreements?

3. How does crunchyroll determine if a license was 'worth it'? Does each show have a viewer threshold where crunchyroll decides a show was profitable?

Thanks in advance for anwering these questions if possible. If this is not the right place to ask these questions could you please point me to the correct place so I can move the post please.
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Posted 7/11/16 , edited 7/11/16
1. No. We bid on everything for every region.

2. We do track consumption. It is needed so we can calculate how much revenue is to be shared with our partners. Half of our membership fees is shared with the companies providing us with the content that is being consumed.

3. Yes, we can tell if a show was successful or not. I cannot comment on what parameters are used though, sorry.
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So you do not specifically measure how many views the show gets per region only the total number of views if I understand correctly?

Thanks for the response, It helped a lot.
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My question is why does your partnership with Funimation appear to be U.S.-centric?
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Posted 3/30/17

Erikku7 wrote:

My question is why does your partnership with Funimation appear to be U.S.-centric?


The "partnership" is not a business merger where two companies become one, but merely a mutual agreement to sub-license each other's content with limitations that CR would get subs only from Funi, and Funi can create and stream dubs, plus distribute disk media.

So whenever CR gets to stream a show sub-licensed from Funimation, they are limited to the same geographical regions from the original Funimation contracts, because those are all that funi can pass along. It isn't new licensing, just an extension of the existing.
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Posted 3/31/17

asharka wrote:


Erikku7 wrote:

My question is why does your partnership with Funimation appear to be U.S.-centric?


The "partnership" is not a business merger where two companies become one, but merely a mutual agreement to sub-license each other's content with limitations that CR would get subs only from Funi, and Funi can create and stream dubs, plus distribute disk media.

So whenever CR gets to stream a show sub-licensed from Funimation, they are limited to the same geographical regions from the original Funimation contracts, because those are all that funi can pass along. It isn't new licensing, just an extension of the existing.


Okay I see. Better complain to Funimation then. lol
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