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everything except for smart-tvs again... why do you hate smart tvs so much????? what did they do?


CR's "official" reason was that the usage numbers didn't support the effort, but as a guess, I rather suspect that it is because the operating systems change on new models, and then the manufacturers don't retrofit the old models to keep them on the same thing, rather they consider them "discontinued" so that you have to buy a new one after a couple/few years. The planned obsolescence on a TV is much more rapid than on a gaming console or a device.

Having to maintain different code branches for apps for different brands on someone else's API, where you have no control over changes, is one thing, but having to maintain them for more than one OS within even the same brand by year or model number would be a nightmare.

VRV doesn't support Kindles or other android tablets either, at least not yet, despite having an app for android phones. Google won't let me download it on my 5.1 lollipop (cyanogenmod) version. So not on PC, not on Roku, not on Tablets, that's far from everything.
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JiEeRiH wrote: As soon as this hits Roku, We're in

There's so little to watch in Beijing, I'm letting my 3 month subscription stop renewing in April.

If (1) this hits Roku and Android tablets by mid-July (when I'm back in the US for vacation), and (2) the offer is still there, I'll resubscribe through VRV
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trollbutter wrote:

everything except for smart-tvs again... why do you hate smart tvs so much????? what did they do?


CR's "official" reason was that the usage numbers didn't support the effort, but as a guess, I rather suspect that it is because the operating systems change on new models, and then the manufacturers don't retrofit the old models to keep them on the same thing, rather they consider them "discontinued" so that you have to buy a new one after a couple/few years. The planned obsolescence on a TV is much more rapid than on a gaming console or a device.

Having to maintain different code branches for apps for different brands on someone else's API, where you have no control over changes, is one thing, but having to maintain them for more than one OS within even the same brand by year or model number would be a nightmare.

VRV doesn't support Kindles or other android tablets either, at least not yet, despite having an app for android phones. Google won't let me download it on my 5.1 lollipop (cyanogenmod) version. So not on PC, not on Roku, not on Tablets, that's far from everything.




Yeah.. its hard.
and yet the other streaming services manage to get the job done. without even complaining lol no tears at all. especially the ones that make us pay.

most of us have mainstream brands.
it wouldnt kill a big streaming company to handle at least just a couple? I dunno...
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it wouldnt kill a big streaming company to handle at least just a couple?


CR isn't big... 75, maybe 90 total employees, including all the translators, office people, contract negotiators, etc. Less now after the recent layoff purge, which allegedly hit the engineers the hardest. Comparing companies with the resources of Netflix or Hulu to CR is like comparing Wal-mart to the mom & pop corner store that's still running with mechanical cash registers...

Even so, CR does work on Roku TVs (not necessarily on purpose) and Android TVs, so that's a couple. VRV needs to work on a Roku app, I'm kind of puzzled that didn't do that first before the game consoles.
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Like Funimation and most of the others, it's not available for me in Italy
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I have a premium account with both crunchyroll and funimation. This would be an awesome program once i can link up my accounts! looking forward to that update!
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Nor the UK.

Pretty sick of these companies bringing out great stuff but seemingly ignoring anyone outside the USA.

I meant come on, I'm not even allowed to download the app!
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This would actually be really nice if Funimation had any subbed anime on its streaming service, since they occasionally localize something I want to see and it doesn't end up on Crunchyroll.

Alas, last time I checked their service was 100% dubs, so I've no interest whatsoever in using or supporting it.
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Annual subscriptions aren't available, it's not set up for my Android tablet yet, and I have zero interest in any of the streaming channels beyond CR. What incentives do I have to even consider signing up?
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I have a few questions about the upcoming service!

1. Do you plan on adding new channels to VRV, or is the current number enough?

2. Is this your personal jab at Youtube Red? It seems like you're trying to be a better Youtube Red to me somehow. Lol

3. Will VRV have a forum? Do you need CMs for said forum? ;)

4. If VRV has a Queue function (and I hope it does) will there be an option to have reminders of show uploads sent to our email? (Shoutout to all my fellow "Quick On the Draw" badge collectors!) I've always wanted that function. :)

5. Speaking of that, Badges, or any cool achievements to speak of? :)

6. Does VRV stand for anything? It's a sweet title by itself, but what does it stand for?

7. Since VRV focuses on more than just anime & manga, will it be the ideal place to always be caught up on interesting news regarding gaming, anime, and stuff like that? (Assuming it will have a news section?)

8. Premium+ Membership applies there?

9. Am I asking too many questions? If so, let me ask one more.

10. Does VRV have its own mascot? :3
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Get the bugs worked out and browser support and I'll link my account over. Great stuff!
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Yawn!! I Won't Pay For This it is just another way to raise there prices without the blind Elites figuring it out and who put down others for finding better sites hell i had one call me a pirate for saying i am looking for a new site to go to and as soon as i find it i will cancel my crunchyroll membership and he was really mad when i called out crunchyroll on there awful shop prices hell half the crap in there shop i can get for less on any anime or non anime site but be my guest if you like crunchyroll sign up just don't be to surprised when they announce membership prices going up for oh i don't know maybe they are not making enough off the memberships or they are going broke because there members don't shop in there overpriced shop
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While it's true that CR premium is $7/month, so that the bundle is $3 more at $10/month, that's only half the story, as I subscribe to CR for a year at $60, thus making my CR subscription effectively $5/month and thus the bundle is double the cost.

Will VRV offer yearly subscriptions at a discount from the monthly?
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i cant watch it on computer... no thank you.
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asharka wrote:

CR isn't big... 75, maybe 90 total employees, including all the translators, office people, contract negotiators, etc. Less now after the recent layoff purge, which allegedly hit the engineers the hardest. Comparing companies with the resources of Netflix or Hulu to CR is like comparing Wal-mart to the mom & pop corner store that's still running with mechanical cash registers...

Even so, CR does work on Roku TVs (not necessarily on purpose) and Android TVs, so that's a couple. VRV needs to work on a Roku app, I'm kind of puzzled that didn't do that first before the game consoles.


We are far more people that. Can't give you exact numbers, but our translation teams alone are already comprised of more people that that ^^

But yeah, we are a small company by any means. We have about as many people on our office staff as work in a single average IKEA store.


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Nor the UK.

Pretty sick of these companies bringing out great stuff but seemingly ignoring anyone outside the USA.

I meant come on, I'm not even allowed to download the app!


This news item is specifically written for our US users (and region locked to them). You are only seeing this because you are using a proxy to circumvent the regional restrictions.


DRRDJTitan wrote:

Yawn!! I Won't Pay For This it is just another way to raise there prices without the blind Elites figuring it out and who put down others for finding better sites hell i had one call me a pirate for saying i am looking for a new site to go to and as soon as i find it i will cancel my crunchyroll membership and he was really mad when i called out crunchyroll on there awful shop prices hell half the crap in there shop i can get for less on any anime or non anime site but be my guest if you like crunchyroll sign up just don't be to surprised when they announce membership prices going up for oh i don't know maybe they are not making enough off the memberships or they are going broke because there members don't shop in there overpriced shop


The fees for the individual services, if booked through VRV individually, are the same as on the respective services themselves.
The bundle offer is cheaper than multiple concurrent individual subscriptions to these services.
For example: You will be saving quite some bucks using VRV to watch Crunchyroll and Funimation content compared to subscribing to both separately.
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