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Posted 12/31/16 , edited 12/31/16
Quick question - what is the usual pattern for shows only licensed in the US? Do they eventually become available in the U.K., or no?
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Expect catalog shows to be available on only US and Canada. For simulcasts, you can look at the publisher. Most of the time, CR is aiming for "worldwide outside Asia"-type of license.
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That's interesting. Thank you.
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Sure, it sucks that not all the shows are worldwide. CR does it's best to get as many shows as possible to make it worldwide. But due to licensing restrictions, it's not possible at times.

Shows that are few years or more older, FMA:B for example, is US and such only. Then there are those that get to Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) but never to the countries that are close to them (Finland, and sometimes Iceland). Why? You tell me.

I know this licensing stuff but just wanted to say how it seems to be.
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Posted 12/31/16 , edited 12/31/16

adam402 wrote:

Quick question - what is the usual pattern for shows only licensed in the US? Do they eventually become available in the U.K., or no?

No, not usually.

If the show in question is a simulcast, it is rare, and if the show in question is a catalog title, I don't know that it has ever happened.

Unless a catalog title is added in conjunction with a simulcast, it is normally licensed from a US video distributor such as Discotek, Media Blasters, NIS America, etc.. As such, they normally only license the rights they need for BD/DVD distribution, which often means the US & Canada only. In these cases, CR could expand the regions only by making more deal(s), which often isn't economically feasible for markets outside the US when contract costs & minimum guarantees come into play. There is also the factor of the willingness (or lack thereof) of rights holders in other markets to play along, as well as the fact that CR is far more likely to have had direct interaction with a company in the US than one in the UK (or in any other country overseas except Japan).

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Posted 1/1/17 , edited 1/1/17
That's very interesting. Thank you.
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