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I know the new seasons the videos are taken from the broadcast ( e.g) new episode is subbed an hour after its been released)
but do the older series they put on here before Crunchyroll was a thing, like the earlier episodes of gintama where they taken from the TV airing or a DvD?
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They get their videos from the licensors so I think it depends on what they get. I'd guess catalog shows (shows that were never simulcasted) would primarily be DVD releases while simulcasts (even old simulcasts) would be TV, but I'm not sure.
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Right cause I was thinking they did a few episodes of season one of gintama and they updated the visuals ( just made it HD). I'm honestly surprised that they didn't replace the old episodes with them. Rather then have to watch them in 480p
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I think when they can they get the materials from the licensor, but sometimes even once they get the license, tracking down and physically getting materials for older titles isn't always simple. I think I recall one staff person (maybe on an old Crunchycast episode) tell a story about when they licensed one show (maybe it was Rurouni Kenshin), they ended up having to rip from DVDs that were owned by another staff person! (And that it was a lot of work to get the files off of DVD to encode them for streaming).
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YukiMizukurai wrote:

I know the new seasons the videos are taken from the broadcast ( e.g) new episode is subbed an hour after its been released)

CR normally gets the materials before broadcast. It takes significantly longer than an hour to do the subs and encoding. Delays in a simulcast being posted are often due to the materials being delivered late.

There have been a few incidents of episodes leaking from other services before broadcast because they were available on server prior to the time they were to be simulcast.

One of the more infamous incidents of that type:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-10-09/oreimo-episode-2-leaked-1-day-before-japanese-debut

In at least one case, there was even a service that posted the episode early:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/10/05-1/the-anime-network-pulls-to-love-ru-darkness-stream

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