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Posted 5/1/18 , edited 5/1/18
So I'm in my home country where a good amount of shows are not available, so I was wondering if there's any way to change what region CR says I'm in so I could watch these shows?
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Posted 5/1/18 , edited 5/1/18
The only method that complies with the terms of service is for you to move country. CR and most other legal streaming services have similar restrictions so that they can comply with the terms of the licences they receive from the studios.

It is against the rules for me to suggest an option that would breach the terms of service.
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Posted 5/1/18 , edited 5/1/18
Not without violating the terms of service here. CR is legally obligated to only allow streaming of titles for which they have licenses in your country, and if they did not follow that obligation, they would soon not have any licenses anywhere, as their business partners in Japan would all cut them off, so they have to faithfully prevent that from happening.


Region codes were, and still are, deemed necessary because, unlike with video games, different companies control the rights to movies and TV shows in different parts of the world. Obviously you have different publishers in different places (I.e. Funimation in the US and Canada; Manga Entertainment in the UK, Kazé in France and Germany, Yamato Video in Italy, etc.). But often the licensors that each of those parts of the world have to work with aren't even the same. With a Japanese production committee, it's not uncommon for different companies in the committee to handle distribution in different parts of the world -- I.e., one company would become the licensor to Europe and Africa, while another would handle the English speaking parts of the world. Even within the same corporations, these different territories are usually handled by different licensing offices.

Being able to sell the rights to a film or TV show in different territories is an important way that shows make their budgets back. Pre-selling distribution rights to different distributors in different parts of the world are very often how productions get financed in the first place.


Excerpted from : Why is Anime still region-locked (which is more about Disk distribution, but the same principles apply to streaming rights).

It's not that CR doesn't want you to watch a show, what would be their advantage to that? They couldn't charge you any more whether they were allowed to include it or not; they would love it if they had all the rights. It just isn't their choice, they were unable to obtain the rights for those particular shows in your country from the Japanese production committees who license them out, so they have to follow the legalities of the contracts they have been able to acquire over time, one show at a time...
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Posted 5/1/18 , edited 5/1/18
I would say when you move to another country cancel your account, start a brand new one and select a different region. Assuming your not too attached to your "handle"
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Posted 5/1/18 , edited 5/1/18
Ok thanks everyone for your replies
Posted 5/3/18 , edited 5/3/18

DevinKuska wrote:

I would say when you move to another country cancel your account, start a brand new one and select a different region. Assuming your not too attached to your "handle"


It doesn't actually work like that.
Accounts aren't locked to "regions" if I go from here to the US for a vacation I would get the US shows. Then once I returned here I would get the shows that are limited to here again. Even if I nuked and redid a account while in the US it wouldn't stay there once i came back to here.
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Posted 11/11/18 , edited 11/11/18
Would it work with a vpn service where you would move your ip to the Us for example?
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Posted 11/11/18 , edited 11/11/18

eliskan16 wrote:

Would it work with a vpn service where you would move your ip to the Us for example?


Using a VPN is against the terms of service, and many are also already blocked by CR (ostensibly for there use in attacks against CR, rather than "region shifting").

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Posted 11/15/18 , edited 11/15/18
I actually am using CR atm so I wouldn't download shows ... so they are telling me that there are no legal ways for me to watch something .... it's kinda stupid also my country is actually on the European and American Tectonic Plate and I'm currently on the North American one so why can't I get my Anime :þ
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Posted 4/19/20 , edited 4/20/20
Pay the full price but don't get the full service, nice!
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Posted 4/24/20 , edited 4/25/20
So i have an interesting problem, I am in the US and have never been to Russia, My payment information is US based, my account was created in the US, my billing address is US, and yet for some reason some anime seem to think my region is Russian, and i cant watch those shows. Anyone know why this is happening? (and no my account isnt hacked to my knowledge)
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Posted 4/24/20 , edited 4/25/20

AuroraEsfarra wrote:

So i have an interesting problem, I am in the US and have never been to Russia, My payment information is US based, my account was created in the US, my billing address is US, and yet for some reason some anime seem to think my region is Russian, and i cant watch those shows. Anyone know why this is happening? (and no my account isnt hacked to my knowledge)


First try clearing your cookies and logging back in, or use a different browser, or maybe incognito mode...

If that doesn't make any difference, go to the /contact page, and scroll down to just above the footer section to see what your "Detected country" is. If that doesn't actually match where you are, then it's possible your ISP got a new block of addresses that aren't registered correctly in the geolocation services databases. If that's the case, it's something you will need to work through with your ISP to get those updated, or to get you reassigned a different address that works correctly; CR can't do anything about that situation.
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