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Posted 4/4/17 , edited 4/7/17
Steam is games! Why oh Why CR did you forget? Get lost in the idea cloud? Lose focus? Miss the point of core services? To a nitch core of comsumers! One has to wonder! Where next Is WWE NEXT? Add boxing? Horse racing world wide streams? Sigh in already have amazon saying sentai films works costs extra with prime! And then DAISUKI wants a amount to access! Funimation joined up and they had MAJOR site issues! Well documented! Now we get VRV and CR gets sight issues! Sigh.... CR used to work was stable video player and now.........


I will wait and see... I KNOW me I will subscribe to CR anyway I JUST wish you would focus on the core, more servers, 1080 p streams at 1080 P for subscribers! And a site that just works! My favorite is the history tracker, the que ability and the fact that most of the time the site does stream well. I know CR wants me to be excited with the new offerings but some hiccups did and have happened! I sent a ticket and the reply was CR is aware and of the issues. Great now please just focus! Thanks! For what has been a great service !


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Posted 4/9/17
For me, it's actually a much more convenient way to watch shows. I'm excited and look forward to more more shows being available.
I don't like subscription based services because I feel forced to "get my money's worth" and then I get stressed out because sometimes I just don't have the time to watch anything, and then the money feels wasted. So yeah, being able to buy 3-4 full seasons and watch them at my own pace whenever I want is fantastic. Couldn't care less about downloading videos. Like why would I want to waste hard drive space when I have access to bluray or streaming?

Some kind of future release schedule or planned release schedule would be great though. It's like, when can we expect more shows to be added? Once a year? Once a month?
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Posted 4/11/17 , edited 4/11/17

martin12165 wrote:

Wait, they don't expire? Ever? Hmm...


Yeah, if I'd known that I would've picked up Re:Zero for $8 when Steam had their Anime sale.

I was worried it was only to "rent" for a specific time, but actually having "unlimited/unexpiring" anime content is nice for those series I want to have access to even when I'm not subscribed to CR, Funimation, or other anime services.

Now, the only question is what happens when Crunchyroll loses streaming rights to a series they sold through Steam. If we still keep access than this might be a good alternative to DVD/BR at least for me.
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Posted 4/12/17 , edited 4/13/17

jaldaen wrote:


martin12165 wrote:

Wait, they don't expire? Ever? Hmm...


Yeah, if I'd known that I would've picked up Re:Zero for $8 when Steam had their Anime sale.

I was worried it was only to "rent" for a specific time, but actually having "unlimited/unexpiring" anime content is nice for those series I want to have access to even when I'm not subscribed to CR, Funimation, or other anime services.

Now, the only question is what happens when Crunchyroll loses streaming rights to a series they sold through Steam. If we still keep access than this might be a good alternative to DVD/BR at least for me.

Yup, that's the issue ... is it like a "download" to your steam account? If the contract terms are written correctly, the license expiration won't turn the Steam copy off.

If they have that worked out, that would be good.

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catseyestiger wrote: Steam is games! Why oh Why CR did you forget? Get lost in the idea cloud? Lose focus? Miss the point of core services? To a nitch core of comsumers! One has to wonder! Where next Is WWE NEXT? Add boxing? Horse racing world wide streams?

Uhhh ... they are not streaming games on Crunchyroll, they are selling anime on Steam. How is that anything like WWE, boxing, horse racing, etc?


Sigh in already have amazon saying sentai films works costs extra with prime! And then DAISUKI wants a amount to access! Funimation joined up and they had MAJOR site issues! Well documented! Now we get VRV and CR gets sight issues! Sigh.... CR used to work was stable video player and now.........

You have your chronology screwed up ... Crunchyroll has been having meltdowns during the most popular shows starting their streams for a number of seasons BEFORE VRV was announced. The site issues didn't just "suddenly appear" after VRV was announced.

The "used to work stable" is back when Crunchyroll had fewer subscribers. They now have a million. And a big fraction of those went to watch the "big show" when it goes live. They are going beyond what a conventional CDN for a medium sized streaming site can cope with.


I will wait and see... I KNOW me I will subscribe to CR anyway I JUST wish you would focus on the core, more servers, 1080 p streams at 1080 P for subscribers! ...

"more servers"? Are you drunk? Do you seriously think they stream for a million subscribers from their own server farm? This forum is on "their server" ... not their video streaming. As they describe in a recent post, they have been shifting how they handle their streaming (otherwise the site problems would have been even worse), and quite famously screwed up the settings for that and catalog video quality took a nose dive.

But what does that have to do with selling anime on Steam? Zero! Stream has their own framework. So there would be zero overlap between those people working on selling anime on Steam and those people working on catching the Crunchyroll streaming framework up to the peak demands that are placed on it.


And a site that just works! My favorite is the history tracker, the que ability and the fact that most of the time the site does stream well. I know CR wants me to be excited with the new offerings but some hiccups did and have happened! I sent a ticket and the reply was CR is aware and of the issues. Great now please just focus! Thanks! For what has been a great service !


You have people screaming bloody murder that Amazon has, like, ten US exclusives, Crunchyroll makes a move that can increase their clout with Japanese licensors, and your reaction is, "get back to your core business"? Don't be daft. This is focusing on their core business.




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Posted 4/14/17
I don't like the idea of purchasing anime on Steam personally. It's cool and would probably be a good media platform to combine my love of anime and games into a library but that's the problem.. Support.

A few times even in recent history anime has been pulled from Australia due to Crunchyroll either not bothering or losing a license to a series even if it's due to a competitor getting it. (Konosuba being a kick in the nuts with a side of curb example.)

Considering it costs a lot more to purchase something like these shows on steam, I don't feel secure in the fact that I would have access to my content I payed for in the scenario that a license is pulled due to a fuckup(accidentally allowing a show or whatever)/competition.

Steam is a pretty good company when it comes to this but if it came down to a legal issue or a series suddenly being removed from a country altogether and at that point your splitting the blame between steam support(which we all know the absolute "brilliance" of).

I'm not sure how refunds are processed when it comes to movies and shows on steam.

I would rather just keep my distance as much as I would like to trust the services I use.
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Posted 4/14/17 , edited 4/16/17

TheBishika wrote: I don't like the idea of purchasing anime on Steam personally. It's cool and would probably be a good media platform to combine my love of anime and games into a library but that's the problem.. Support.

A few times even in recent history anime has been pulled from Australia due to Crunchyroll either not bothering or losing a license to a series even if it's due to a competitor getting it. (Konosuba being a kick in the nuts with a side of curb example.)

A lot of simulcasts that Crunchyroll gets would never come to Crunchyroll is they insisted on the seven year license term that a physical distributor often gets. The deal is that Crunchyroll gets the simulcast and it is allowed to roll over as catalog content until and unless a distributor licenses it. If you want to complain about it not being allowed to rollover in Oz, most of the time you can direct your complaint to Madman.

But we all should understand that it's just a streaming license and given the big drop in views for catalog series over simulcasts, it's only going to be available until somebody else offers more money than a catalog streaming title can earn.


Considering it costs a lot more to purchase something like these shows on steam, I don't feel secure in the fact that I would have access to my content I payed for in the scenario that a license is pulled due to a fuckup(accidentally allowing a show or whatever)/competition.

That's the issue I raised. If it's treated like a "download to own to your Steam account", so that the future license status doesn't have any effect on those how have already "bought it", then that is attractive.

If not, then I'm not really interested in paying "download to own" prices for a "rental for an uncertain period of time" service.
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Posted 4/24/17
This is the email response I got from Crunchyroll about the question of licenses expiring and access to the anime on Steam:


Due to the complications of licensing, it's possible that some titles won't be available farther down the road, but this isn't likely as we're always trying to keep as big a library as possible available for you all. On the off chance that we run into any issues, especially with popular titles, we'll work to get everything back up and running as quickly as we can. Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns, and we'll be here for you.
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Does this new steam partnership means that older anime will stop being available on Crunchyroll and we will have to pay (a.k.a: purchase them on Steam) in order to be able to watch them?
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Posted 6/23/17
I don't see the point on putting it on Steam, unless it becomes downloadable at one point, as why bother watching it on Steam, when I can get it from Crunchy Roll here, to me, I feel like Crunchy Roll is losing it's mind thinking, we'll get more money people streaming it through Steam then with Crunchy Roll, anyway, I nearly went and bought Orange, but after finding out, that I won't be owning it, I disregarded it and went nah, better off with buying it on Blu Ray
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Posted 6/24/17
I made a new Suggestion Thread about the Matter of Steamstreaming vs DRM-Freefiles:

Perhaps someone else wants to participate in this discussion:

Make (Old) Anime 80s/90s/... DRM-Free Files for Download Available on GoG.com
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-993883/make-old-anime-80s90s-drm-free-files-for-download-available-on-gogcom
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Posted 6/28/17
I am paying for Crunchyroll Premium... can I connect my Crunchroll account with my Steam account to access the anime that is available in Steam?
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Posted 8/18/17
this is awesome but there are 3 things that you need to fix:
1. Multi-language support. I will not buy anything until you only offer english subs only when I can just pay crunchyroll premium and watch it in my own language. If I want I can even watch it for free on crunchyroll in my own language (with ads and 480p sure, but still free).
2. Pay 2 own ok… but if crunchyroll lose the rights to sell an anime on steam and I bought that anime will I still be able to access it? You need to answer this question. If the answer is no then there is no reason to “buy it”, since I can just watch it on crunchyroll until it is available (both free and paid but still at a much lower cost, and I still don’t own anything).
3. Download support. If I buy something digital I want to get the same advantage of DVD/Blu-Ray without the disc, like with games. If I cannot watch it offline there is no reason to buy it in the first place.
I know that there are many series that will not get a Dvd/Blu-Ray release in my country and I know that I cannot play dvd/blu-ray in my macbook that’s why I would love a digital release for crunchyroll anime… But I don’t care about streaming pay2own for a while service.

4 (bonus). Even if it’s just steam drm it’s still not as good as drm-free. I still don’t understand why bother about drm (with or without drm you will still find any anime on illegal site…). I think DRM-free is a plus that I would like to pay (and that even DVD/Blu-ray cannot offer)
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Another thing to fix is regional display. You guys added Knights & Magic but it's somehow region locked to what seems to be almost every region in the world. America included.
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Posted 10/26/17 , edited 10/26/17
Edit; Oops, read this too quickly, sorry...
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Posted 10/26/17
Not talking about the Manga. The Anime they posted on Steam was region locked from America. It seems they fixed it in the last hour or so though!
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