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Post Reply What's going on with all of those ADS??
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I have no idea what advertising partnerships Crunchyroll has, but forcing non-premium users to watch 3 or more ads in a row is kind of annoying. I have tried to check if that's the same with Crunchyroll app. And guess what! Yes, indeed it is. Is it just me or this whole thing kinda broken? How does everyone else feel about it?
Posted 9/4/16 , edited 9/4/16
Licensing anime doesn't come cheap. So just be glad you get to watch them for free.
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Im fine with ADS most of the times, sometimes it gets anoying but content doesn't come for cheap. Besides there are sites that have way more ads than crunchyroll
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For licensed anime it's worth it. Especially since it's free. As far as multiple in a row, think of it as a commercial break like on TV.
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As opposed to commercial breaks on television? You're a non-paying member, but that doesn't mean you get to watch without contributing to CR's revenue.
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You're a non-paying member... Get over it. You're watching licensed anime for free.
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They're paying for your free viewership. Derp
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I agree with everyone else. Quit whining about ads on something that you aren't paying for in cash. Don't want to pay by watching ads? Throw $$ at CR.
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I hate ads more then anything. So I got a paid membership, No ads, and don't have to wait a week to watch new episodes.
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Posted 9/4/16
anime companies can broadcast their series, and let people watch their series for free should they decide to do so.
two such series are Love Live Sunshine and Planetarian. perhaps surprisingly, the quality is more than decent. they may be the exception though. Sunrise is doing pretty well financially, and letting people watch for free probably helps their bottom line. (more people watching =
more people becoming love live fans = more love live merchandise (virtual or real) sold = profit)

i remember reading of people getting 10+ minutes worth of ads in a single episode, or people not being able to watch at all, with ads coming one after another without stopping. sure, people not spending real life money need to watch ads, but sometimes the amount is pretty excessive. 2-3 minutes worth of ads is pretty acceptable. 10+ minutes is a bit too much.
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namealreadytaken wrote:

anime companies can broadcast their series, and let people watch their series for free should they decide to do so.
two such series are Love Live Sunshine and Planetarian. perhaps surprisingly, the quality is more than decent. they may be the exception though. Sunrise is doing pretty well financially, and letting people watch for free probably helps their bottom line. (more people watching =
more people becoming love live fans = more love live merchandise (virtual or real) sold = profit)

i remember reading of people getting 10+ minutes worth of ads in a single episode, or people not being able to watch at all, with ads coming one after another without stopping. sure, people not spending real life money need to watch ads, but sometimes the amount is pretty excessive. 2-3 minutes worth of ads is pretty acceptable. 10+ minutes is a bit too much.


And if they feel it is too much they have the ability to pay for it to remove those ads. If it was giving me 10+ minutes of ads and I didn't have the money to pay for it, or just didn't want to pay for it, then I would consider going elsewhere or just letting the ads run while I go do something else. Nobody is being forced to watch the ads.
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DaliusP wrote:
forcing non-premium users to watch 3 or more ads in a row is kind of annoying.


Well, funnily enough, there's a reason that a half-hour television programme made for commercial broadcast in the United States is 22 minutes: the other eight minutes is for ads.

That's more than 25% advertising.

Cable television had the brilliant idea of letting people pay for commercial-free broadcasts. The modern web-based streaming sites are trying to do something entirely different - we'll stick commercials in what you watch, but if you pay us we'll stop - and Hulu has already figured out it doesn't work. That's why we now have Hulu, which costs money, and Yahoo! TV which does not. There's no difference in how it works, but the free streaming with ads is now in a different room from the paid streaming without them.

Basically, look at what's happening here. Even though you are receiving a valuable service for free, you are complaining because the price of that service - watching some ads - is "annoying." But you could get rid of that annoyance by working an extra hour or two a month.

The problem is that you see premium users getting better service from the same place under the same brand name. To you, "Crunchyroll" is a service which is CAPABLE of offering a commercial-free experience... and should be doing so for everyone, because that is fair. When you go to a website, you should have the same experience as everyone else who goes to that website. That's what we've been taught on the internet.

So if the experience is going to be different, it needs to be in a different room and have a different name. It can still be Crunchyroll, but it would need to have a name like "Crunchyroll Double-Plus-Good" or something that was in a different room and needed you to click a different link to get there.

Otherwise, it doesn't feel like you're paying for something better. It feels like someone is standing over you asking for money, and when you don't pay they fuck up your service on purpose, just to annoy you and make things generally irritating.

Just like when you buy "business class" internet from your cable company, and you don't have to do anything - they check the box on your customer record, and your internet magically gets faster and better. It's not hard to figure out that all the wires and boxes physically installed at your house COULD have given you faster internet access all along, but the cable company fucked up your speed on purpose until you gave them more money.

It's a weird sort of perception thing, because when the mailman brings you a package, nobody gets a grumpy face about how there are LOTS of packages in the truck and they could have given you more but they didn't. Nobody gets mad that Amazon has plenty of that book, but they won't send you one unless you pay them. Nobody stands in the grocery store bitching that there's a whole shelf full of toothpaste, but you can't just come here and brush your teeth, you have to buy some and take it home.

We still haven't quite adjusted to the notion of digital products, which are not really a product but a service.
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Posted 9/4/16 , edited 9/4/16
It does not cost a lot to upgrade, its like $7 a month?

And you must not watch much TV, commercial breaks are normal, and on Crunchyroll you can even skip a lot of them after 5 seconds
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Posted 9/4/16
A person watching for fee is complaining about ads. How cute.
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Posted 9/4/16

Chaossal wrote:

It does not cost a lot to upgrade, its like $7 a month?

And you must not watch much TV, commercial breaks are normal, and on Crunchyroll you can even skip a lot of them after 5 seconds


Not even that if you pay for it yearly. I pay 60$ a year, which equates to 5$ a month.
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