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So CR and Funimation are now pairing up.That's great But this made me question something. Will anime that has been restricted because of region be un-restricted on CR? I watched a few shows on Funimation and decided to switch to CR a year or two later. I searched for some of the anime I watched on Funimation to add to my queue, but when i checked they were region restricted. (I used U.S. Funimation and currently use U.S. CR) Hopefully this will be a possibility.
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valorouscrib0 wrote:

So CR and Funimation are now pairing up.That's great But this made me question something. Will anime that has been restricted because of region be un-restricted on CR? I watched a few shows on Funimation and decided to switch to CR a year or two later. I searched for some of the anime I watched on Funimation to add to my queue, but when i checked they were region restricted. (I used U.S. Funimation and currently use U.S. CR) Hopefully this will be a possibility.


You can use a VPN that can easily get past the region restrictions.
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Lemontitties wrote:


You can use a VPN that can easily get past the region restrictions.



VPN? I've never heard of that. What is it?

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VPN? I've never heard of that. What is it?



Virtual Private Network. It's a tool you can use to connect to different IP's. For example, if you live in Finland, chances are Crunchyroll is near impossible to use because of the restrictions. You could use a VPN to connect to an IP in the United States, tricking the website into thinking you live in that country.

Some major services like Hulu and Netflix are cracking down heavily on VPN's however, so who knows if Crunchyroll will be doing the same. If they aren't already that is.
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Posted 9/11/16 , edited 9/11/16

valorouscrib0 wrote:

So CR and Funimation are now pairing up.That's great But this made me question something. Will anime that has been restricted because of region be un-restricted on CR? I watched a few shows on Funimation and decided to switch to CR a year or two later. I searched for some of the anime I watched on Funimation to add to my queue, but when i checked they were region restricted. (I used U.S. Funimation and currently use U.S. CR) Hopefully this will be a possibility.


I've moved this over to Site Support / Minor Questions and deleted some extraneous posts regarding VPNs

If a VPN is being used to get around the region restrictions it's against CR's Terms of Service, so while some people do do it, that doesn't mean you should do it.

One thing to note is that in the cases I'm aware of where CR offers a show elsewhere but not US/Canada they don't have the English language rights, so even if you used a VPN to connect to an IP in a non-blocked region you'd only get subtitles in the main language of the regions CR has them for. For example there are some shows where CR got rights for French-speaking regions, that included Canada--but for those shows, even in Canada you only get French subs.

I don't know what will happen to those shows that Funi now has for the U.S. and Canada that Crunchyroll only has for other regions, but I'm hoping they are included in the titles coming over as part of the partnership.
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Lemontitties wrote:

Some major services like Hulu and Netflix are cracking down heavily on VPN's however, so who knows if Crunchyroll will be doing the same. If they aren't already that is.

I doubt CR has much in the way of resources to do much about this. Even Netflix and Hulu didn't do much about blocking VPNs until pushed to do so by the companies who license content to them.

I suspect if they were doing anything about it at present, it would be obtaining a list of known VPN IP addresses and blocking those. That process, of course, only works if the VPN continues to use the same IP address.

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