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Hey everyone,

Here at Crunchyroll, we feel like there’s never been a better time to be an anime fan. It’s possible that there’s never been a better time to be a fan in general, and that’s why we created VRV.


You may have heard we launched VRV a few months ago. VRV is a new video streaming app designed to bring you more... More of the best content across anime, animation, gaming, comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and beyond. Think of it as a second way to watch Crunchyroll alongside 12 other great channels we’ve partnered with to bring you some of the best shows all in one place:

Crunchyroll - Your favorite anime subbed!
Funimation - Your favorite anime dubbed!
Rooster Teeth - RWBY, video games and comedy!
Cartoon Hangover - Bee and Puppycat! Bravest Warriors!
Geek & Sundry - Tabletop! Critical Role! Otaking Heads!
Nerdist - Because Science! Alpha Book Club!
MONDO - Baman Piderman! Apollo Gauntlet! Cat Agent!
Tested - Adam Savage!
RiffTrax - From the makers of MST3K!
GINX - Esports TV!
Machinima - BFFs! Super Best Friends Play!
Seeso - HarmonQuest! Cyanide and Happiness!
Shudder - The best horror films curated monthly!

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As an anime fan, you’ll discover that VRV helps bring you even MORE anime with the Funimation channel and great talk shows about anime like Geek & Sundry’s Otaking Heads and Rooster Teeth’s Fan Service. And if you’re looking for more than anime check out Cartoon Hangover’s Bee and PuppyCat and Bravest Warriors, or Adam Savage’s incredible cosplay in Tested’s Adam Incognito, and so much more. Plus, you’ll soon be able to link your existing Crunchyroll account to VRV so you can access your Premium streaming benefits on either VRV or existing Crunchyroll apps.

Similar to Crunchyroll, many of the channels offer a huge selection of episodes free with ads, but if you Go Premium you will get new episodes first, access to exclusive series, and ad-free viewing. All 13 channels (and growing!) on VRV are available to purchase à la carte with their own individual prices, but we also have The Combo Pack--a bundle of 8 channels for one low price of $9.99: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, Cartoon Hangover, Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, MONDO, and Tested.

For only $3 more than the cost of Crunchyroll Premium alone you get all 8 channels!


We’re also happy to announce that VRV gift cards are now available at your local GameStop. You can finally purchase (and give!) physical gift cards to access Crunchyroll Premium. VRV gift cards can be used to Go Premium for The Combo Pack or any number of channels on VRV. Please note that gift cards only work on VRV.



So what does this mean for Crunchyroll? We’re not going anywhere! We’re still working hard to improve the dedicated Crunchyroll experience and bring you anime direct from Japan all year round. That’s not going to change. VRV was really born from all the excitement you’ve shown about so many other topics and genres. We built VRV as a new way for you to enjoy Crunchyroll as well as other fandoms, and we hope you’ll join us!


FAQ


Can we link our existing Crunchyroll Premium memberships to VRV?
Not yet, but this feature will be coming soon!

We’re Premium members to one of the other channels on VRV. Can we link these to VRV?
Not yet, but we do have plans to roll out the ability to link channels to VRV in the future.

Where does my money go?
Every ad view and Premium membership goes toward supporting the channel and the content providers that power those channels. In Crunchyroll’s case, it goes towards supporting the anime industry exactly the same as a subscription direct through Crunchyroll’s standalone service.

I noticed Crunchyroll Simulcast on VRV is a little delayed. Why is that?
The process we use to put Crunchyroll on VRV means it hits Crunchyroll first, then we move the content over. The wait can be as little as 5 minutes or at most 5 hours. We’re doing more and more to shorten this process so there’s no delay at all.

So are these limited versions of each channel?
No, they are intended to be the full version of each channel.

You may see some missing series from our catalog on VRV, but please know we’re working hard to get everything in there so it’s the same experience on both services.

What devices does VRV support?
VRV is currently on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS phones, and Android phones. We plan on supporting more devices like browsers, tablets, Chromecast, and other streaming boxes.

Is VRV available in all territories?

VRV is only available in the U.S. for now. We’re doing all we can to be everywhere, so please know we’re thinking about you. Besides Crunchyroll, many of our channel partners are looking at ways to bring their shows to you with or without VRV.

If there are any addition questions you guys have, please check out the extended FAQ on vrv.co, or tweet at us @WatchVRV.

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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 4/19/17
Cool, when we can link the memberships I'll join in
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17
This is awesome, I already have membership on at least 3 of these so i will be definitely getting the combo deal. Also awesome to know there is a way to watch roosterteeh on my ps 4.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 3/14/17
The only thing I really care about is Japanese Anime with subtitles. You can keep your dubs
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So are these limited versions of each channel?
No, they are intended to be the full version of each channel.

You may see some missing series from our catalog on VRV, but please know we’re working hard to get everything in there so it’s the same experience on both services.


So... they are limited versions of each channel.

On one hand, AT&T and the venture capitalist could bring a lot in terms of being able to provide enough support to bring the service to a new market that will profit labor handsomely.

On the other hand... what's to stop the pressure from Otter Media to provide content creators a flat rate and then slashing it as they please as the subscription service grows and the content creators are forced to go to the one service that caters to their youthful audience?

The bureaucracy and legal framework around creating middlemen to middlemen never gave anyone except the bourgeoisie something to write home about. The move is a crass calculation, and I wish everyone just joined a co-op rather than letting the capitalists repackage their labor for a pittance.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 2/2/17
This will make it a lot easier to subscribe to both Crunchyroll and Funimation at the same time.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17
So will linking enable me to use VRV for free? I already subscribe to both FunimationNow AND Crunchyroll, can't really afford to subscribe to yet another streaming service (one reason I got rid of Hulu, lol). Only asking because it's not clear... Of course, I'm on nighttime cold meds, and drowsy. Just don't want to subscribe to something twice lol.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17
Vrv needs a yearly subscription too
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So... is this only a streaming service for mobile/gaming devices? Can't seem to find an option to just watch the stuff on my computer.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17

jacobinite wrote: So... they are limited versions of each channel.

That is about legacy contracts that don't give rights to stream on other services. As always, the rights a licensee has are what the contract says they have, and the licensee can't just do something else five years later because of a new business model.

This is the same issue that will keep a small handful of Funimation subs on Funimation. And it is likely to end up being a small handful across the board.

Going ahead, the participants will obviously license under terms that allow streaming on VRV, so whatever legacy content it applies to now is likely to be it.


On one hand, AT&T and the venture capitalist could bring a lot in terms of being able to provide enough support to bring the service to a new market that will profit labor handsomely.

On the other hand... what's to stop the pressure from Otter Media to provide content creators a flat rate and then slashing it as they please as the subscription service grows and the content creators are forced to go to the one service that caters to their youthful audience?

This would also only be possible on future licenses. Crunchyroll can't drop the current "pro-rated share of half of gross income" type of license for existing content, because the contracts are already signed.

Going ahead, what would argue against it is that the current system is working in landing licenses. Offering "take it or leave it" terms to Japanese licensor that are seeing explosive growth in their Chinese licensing, when there are alternative bidders that will be offering more favorable terms, seems like a recipe to getting less than half of new streaming seasons going ahead.


The bureaucracy and legal framework around creating middlemen to middlemen never gave anyone except the bourgeoisie something to write home about. The move is a crass calculation, and I wish everyone just joined a co-op rather than letting the capitalists repackage their labor for a pittance.

You are talking about anime, which is commercial media from the outset, part of a commercial media ecosystem of manga, light novels, visual novels, figures and etc. They have absolutely no reason to give preferential licensing access to a co-op, unless the co-op offers them terms which will make them more money.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17
I only want Funimation from that list.
I hope they make an anime bundle with CR and Funi. I wouldn't mind paying ~$20 more a year on top of my CR subscription.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17

Bobthydead wrote:

So... is this only a streaming service for mobile/gaming devices? Can't seem to find an option to just watch the stuff on my computer.


Yes that what it says

For myself I was bettwen subscriptions for lees than a weel and was going to try Premium Plus withe HTML.5 pkayer but the this gets rolled out with no PC's and no mention of HTML.5

So I will wait as CR jumped the gun to counter Amazon Strile which offers multiple channels but A la Carte
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17
does this include funimation DUBS?

I was subscribed to funimation the subtitle only plan and they refunded my money.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17
I would be more interested in a special bundle sub-price between solely Crunchy+Funi that gives full access to both sites. I don't watch dubbed often, but I would be willing to up my sub cost some to reap the full benefits of both sites.
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Posted 1/26/17 , edited 1/28/17
Yeah so I just signed up, will link account to there when it's available. Great idea guys, thanks a lot for your hard work!
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