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Posted 12/29/17 , edited 12/29/17
How much time should be given to any episode to be considered "simulcast"?
"Simulcast, a portmanteau of simultaneous broadcast, is the broadcasting of programs or events across more than one medium, or more than one service on the same medium, at exactly the same time (that is, simultaneously)."
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thaliongor wrote:

How much time should be given to any episode to be considered "simulcast"?

From the beginning, we didn't have true simulcasts (which back before anime, referred to broadcasts that were truly simultaneous). The problem is when you stretch the definition of a word, it begins to lose meaning, and thus it gets harder to pin down a definition.

For example, if someone claims anything later than the same day as it airs in Japan isn't a simulcast, what basis do they have other than their own opinion? Even 1 hour after isn't simultaneous, so the original meaning was broken from the start.

Sometimes it becomes rather obvious the meaning has been stretched to far. Funimation using the label "simuldubs" for shows that premiere 2-3 weeks after they did in Japan seems more obviously inaccurate than the also inaccurate "broadcast dubs" label they used previously.


In my personal context, anything streaming later than a week after the premiere gets a "That's definitely not a simulcast" flag thrown down.
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A week seems acceptable for subs tbh, dubs are questionable(but that isn't an issue here I think). What about a series that already has subs from the get go(or not needed).
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Posted 12/29/17 , edited 12/29/17

thaliongor wrote:

How much time should be given to any episode to be considered "simulcast"?
"Simulcast, a portmanteau of simultaneous broadcast, is the broadcasting of programs or events across more than one medium, or more than one service on the same medium, at exactly the same time (that is, simultaneously)."


Moved this over to site questions, since it seems to be what you're interested in.
To me, the simulcasts have always meant as soon as legally allowed by the provider. But I'm not on staff or someone who determines the terms, it's just how I see the term working logistically.
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