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This season, we are gonna see piracy skyrocket with the new addition of Anime Strike. With Amazon sticking their greedy clawns in the anime industry after Crunchyroll and Funimation worked hard to actually make The U.S.A a viable and lucrative market. Platforms like Hulu and Netflix had to stick in too and make shows hide behind different paywalls. Now we got Anime Strike, a platform hiding behind two paywalls, and the most expensive service at 160 dollars a year, has exclusive streaming rights to some of the biggest shows that a lot of people have been waiting for. Though I still have my Crunchyroll subscription, I cancelled my Funimation subscription after being with them for 4+ years because I no longer can use their service on my pc or my ps4 without problems after their newest update. I will tell you right now, if you bow to Amazon and give them your money, the streaming service in the U.S.A will be going the wrong way.
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It's only going to get worse. Everyone wants their grubby fingers in the streaming pie. No longer will we have a couple solid places to get our streaming needs. Soon every channel, studio, artist and every Tom, Dick and Harry will have their own exclusive streaming service.

The golden age of streaming is in danger of collapsing in upon itself.
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If Adblock didn't exist, then companies wouldn't bother putting their content behind paywalls.

I believe that Hulu and Anime Strike are merely symptoms of the widespread use of Adblock. Hulu originally allowed free streaming with ads but turned into a pay to watch service when it wasn't lucrative anymore.
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Legendzerox wrote:
I cancelled my Funimation subscription after being with them for 4+ years because I no longer can use their service on my pc or my ps4 without problems after their newest update.


Same here. That newest update completely RUINED Funimation for me.
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relt95 wrote:

If Adblock didn't exist, then companies wouldn't bother putting their content behind paywalls.

I believe that Hulu and Anime Strike are merely symptoms of the widespread use of Adblock. Hulu originally allowed free streaming with ads but turned into a pay to watch service when it wasn't lucrative anymore.



While thats true they could always run their videos a way like a certain site does to make Adblock less used for other streaming sites that are free. Just saying.

Usually the only time I'll watch anime somewhere else when it's not on CR or Funimation or they mess up and only offer the censored version (Zatch Bell)
Easily knowing these certain animes wont ever make it to CR possibly not even Funi.
Though $160 isn't that much if you have a job it's still alot when its continued through multiple sites.
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For shows not on Crunchyroll or Funimation. the dark side has everyone covered.
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Oh boy, now I can go through not one, but two paywalls?
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To be honest, with the anti-consumer actions of Anime Strike, a certain site is looking more and more appealing for the shows that are on Anime Strike only.
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The worst part of anime strike is in the UK at least it's non existent so all anime strike shows are in normal amazon prime, but for us in the USA we get shafted by a second paywall
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Posted 4/5/17

DrunkKanti wrote:


Legendzerox wrote:
I cancelled my Funimation subscription after being with them for 4+ years because I no longer can use their service on my pc or my ps4 without problems after their newest update.


Same here. That newest update completely RUINED Funimation for me.


And the same for me as well. Haven't been able to watch anything on their site since they moved to the HTML5 player. Wanted to re-watch Venus Versus Virus recently, and was forced to go to a pirate streaming site to watch it because their player doesn't work.
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How can you predict what was already planned?

soo many people watch everything for free, and it will stay that way.

If it's put on the Internet, it's already being watched by hundreds of thousands of people for free.

And the fact these streaming sites are still making a huge amount of money.... hmmmmmm

Put a high pay wall for fuck all for the return, only a dumb ass would take the bait. Even if it's by popular demand, I'm not paying more than $6,99. I got plenty of anime I haven't even watched on CR.

Everybody wants a fucking piece of the pie, while they all laugh on the shoreline. People actually think they are struggling. Though it is an uphill battle, keep a straight face when you tell everyone times are hard for streaming businesses, I dare you.

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To be clear, "everyone" doesn't want a "piece" of the pie. They want all the pie and everyone else to go away or at least die. This is a good thing in the long run.
Posted 4/5/17
Does anyone else think VRV (once it gets fully developed) will pretty much be unstoppable as a streaming service? As long as the dynamic duo (Crunchyroll and Funimation) keep working together, I don't think many other streaming sites will stand a chance
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MelvisDude wrote:

Does anyone else think VRV (once it gets fully developed) will pretty much be unstoppable as a streaming service? As long as the dynamic duo (Crunchyroll and Funimation) keep working together, I don't think many other streaming sites will stand a chance


Call me when they get a console app. (I'm still waiting for FilmStruck's console app, like hundreds of other would-be subscribers.)

And since I don't see "pirates" under every bush of the streaming industry, I called it about three months back when I predicted that Vudu's free-with-ads "Movies On Us" would soon devolve into the same no-name back-alley indie-documentary/horror that all the other streaming services are quicksand-drowning in at the moment.

Let's not mince words, people: The studios HATE subscription streaming. It's literally their "enemy", because we like subscription so much better than their attempts to force Digital Purchase on us when we don't want to.
And they're not giving up their dream without a fight.

(That's why we're getting Anime Strike on Amazon, btw: When studios started starving out Prime, and turning it into a back shelf of free $1.98 public-domain crap, the company hit upon the idea of selling other people's splinter-channels for additional paywall subscription money...Hey, they're Amazon, they sell other people's things, that's what they do.)
Posted 4/5/17

Ejanss wrote:


MelvisDude wrote:

Does anyone else think VRV (once it gets fully developed) will pretty much be unstoppable as a streaming service? As long as the dynamic duo (Crunchyroll and Funimation) keep working together, I don't think many other streaming sites will stand a chance


Call me when they get a console app. (I'm still waiting for FilmStruck's console app, like hundreds of other would-be subscribers.)

And since I don't see "pirates" under every bush of the streaming industry, I called it about three months back when I predicted that Vudu's free-with-ads "Movies On Us" would soon devolve into the same no-name back-alley indie-documentary/horror that all the other streaming services are quicksand-drowning in at the moment.

Let's not mince words, people: The studios HATE subscription streaming. It's literally their "enemy", because we like subscription so much better than their attempts to force Digital Purchase on us when we don't want to.
And they're not giving up their dream without a fight.

(That's why we're getting Anime Strike on Amazon, btw: When studios started starving out Prime, and turning it into a back shelf of free $1.98 public-domain crap, the company hit upon the idea of selling other people's splinter-channels for additional paywall subscription money...Hey, they're Amazon, they sell other people's things, that's what they do.)


That's a really good point, I had not previously considered that its not just streaming services against each other, but also against the studios. Do you think this will noticeably hurt the streaming industry?
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