Post Reply No Dragon Ball Z discount?
7062 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 10/28/16
Will subscribers in the UK, and possibly other locales receive any discount on premium as we are not able to access the same shows as users in other regions while paying the same price?
10651 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Rabbit Horse
Offline
Posted 10/28/16 , edited 10/28/16

discount? lel no.


they might adjust the price based on fluctuations in currencies though. that's it.

edit: there was a previous thread asking the same thing. there was no response from the staff. the thread was quietly locked without any official response.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-646932/regional-discounts

this thread will get locked in 3..2..
7062 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 10/28/16
Still unlocked and still a valid question. Price fluctuations due to currency is a banal argument while the company trades in dollars and never fluctuates its subscription cost. Nor has it ever denied me content as a subscriber. But now it has, and now I ask the question, why do I pay the same to receive less content. And I want to know what is being done about it. Its not difficult to view anything for free, but I believe in supporting this industry. But when they take away my right to view something, while advertising it all over there site with massive banners, I have to question the morality of it.
One Punch Mod
85975 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
F / Boston-ish
Offline
Posted 10/28/16

Walters69 wrote:

Will subscribers in the UK, and possibly other locales receive any discount on premium as we are not able to access the same shows as users in other regions while paying the same price?


I've moved this to the Site Support forum. The answer is almost certainly no. This is how it's been for years, and nothing has really changed that would suggest lowering the price now. When you subscribe, what you pay is for what Crunchyroll is able to provide to your region. If you don't think what you get is worth the subscription price, then you have an option to not subscribe to the premium membership.
7062 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 10/29/16
Booooo! But fair comment. As a suggestion back. Don't advertise content unavailable to a region in your massive banners. It's like a slap in the face.
Der Zoodirektor
23431 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
34 / M / Germany
Offline
Posted 10/29/16

Walters69 wrote:

Will subscribers in the UK, and possibly other locales receive any discount on premium as we are not able to access the same shows as users in other regions while paying the same price?


Our subscription fee is largely a service fee.
Half of it is forwarded to our content partners based on what shows each user watches.
The other half we use to cover our server and traffic bills, personnel costs, translation expenses, and transaction fees charged by payment providers such as PayPal.

Giving a discount on our already very cheap supscription fees would basically mean losing money serving those customers.
27407 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
39 / M / Surrey, UK
Offline
Posted 10/29/16 , edited 10/29/16

shinryou wrote:
Our subscription fee is largely a service fee.
Half of it is forwarded to our content partners based on what shows each user watches.
The other half we use to cover our server and traffic bills, personnel costs, translation expenses, and transaction fees charged by payment providers such as PayPal.

Giving a discount on our already very cheap supscription fees would basically mean losing money serving those customers.


You've said this before and, although true, it isn't relevant. Because that's not how it comes across.

I've said this before but the perception of paying the same as North America regardless of country but getting a much narrower library selection in certain regions is not a good one.

And when it tends to happen with the Big Tentpole Titles? It's simply not good PR.
Der Zoodirektor
23431 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
34 / M / Germany
Offline
Posted 10/29/16

TiggsPanther wrote:

You've said this before and, although true, it isn't relevant. Because that's not how it comes across.

I've said this before but the perception of paying the same as North America regardless of country but getting a much narrower library selection in certain regions is not a good one.

And when it tends to happen with the Big Tentpole Titles? It's simply not good PR.


The UK price is currently almost a Dollar cheaper than the US subscription price due to how exchange rates have developed. In every single market we serve with a local currency our subscription is at least 10% cheaper.

So the whole "paying the same for less" argument is already incorrect in first place.
27407 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
39 / M / Surrey, UK
Offline
Posted 10/30/16

shinryou wrote:
The UK price is currently almost a Dollar cheaper than the US subscription price due to how exchange rates have developed. In every single market we serve with a local currency our subscription is at least 10% cheaper.

Oh, wow! A whole dollar.

That really makes up for the lack of:

- Hi-sCool! Seha Girls
- Digimon Adventure tri
- Interlude
- Tiger Mask W
- Hyakko
- The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
- Gunslinger Stratos
- Engaged to the Unidentified
- Comet Lucifer
- Rail Wars!
- Sailor Moon Crystal
- Hanasakeru Seishonen
- One Piece
- Magi
- Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

...and much, much more.

Except, of course, it doesn't.

I get the point you're trying to make. The problem is, it doesn't address the point that those of us in excluded regions make. Season after season after season.

You see what you do offer.

We see what we can't get. And whenever we ask about the perceived difference in value, we're told that what we're missing doesn't matter and that we're still getting our money's worth.
Only, that's not how it appears.


So the whole "paying the same for less" argument is already incorrect in first place.


And, actually, you're wrong anyway. or at least, you're not entirely correct.

Yes, the price differs depending on where you pay from. But not where you actually watch. If someone from one region, and a standing recurring subscription, was to study or work abroad for a year, they would get a significantly different size of catalogue for the same price they've already paid.

Great for Brits in North America. Not so great for Americans visiting the UK.
(And pretty lousy if you're on assignment in certain parts of Europe)

The differentiating factor isn't your currency, it's the location of your IP address.

And it's finally reaching the tipping point where people aren't going to stand for it. And I have to admit, there a part of me that's actually enjoying that. Because I kind of saw it coming.
Der Zoodirektor
23431 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
34 / M / Germany
Offline
Posted 10/30/16 , edited 10/30/16
I fully understand that some consider it unfair that they cannot watch certain titles. It's equally unfair to push the blame for that entirely on the "weaker" party in the licensing negotiations though. The choice of the company to license to and for what regions is entirely in the hand of the publisher. If a publisher decides to go with a different partner, or decides only to give out certain regions, we have to live with that decision.
We are working very hard to avert these situations by investing into the production, forming deals like the one with Kadokawa, or the large scale co-op with funimation.
You must be logged in to post.