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Update to the Crunchyroll x Funimation Partnership

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Posted 12/6/18 , edited 12/6/18
I heard FUNimation was moving towards a deal with Hulu =0 so I guess its time to cancel my Sub here and get a Hulu Sub now is what I'm gathering from this.
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to be fair, the hulu partnership is such a huge dick move from sony. i mean, now hulu will have the rights to every future funi anime, and now the library that crunchyroll had that was moved to them, and is only for us viewers. my only question that remains for me is how will the co-exclusive premiere deal work for non us viewers ? will they still offer shows to other platforms for these regions, or will it be only exclusive to funi and hulu ? i had a feeling this would be the end result of the partnership ending, but i am kinda confused how this is going affect things moving forward.
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Posted 12/4/18 , edited 12/4/18
Hulu is getting all the Funimation content that is leaving CR exactly as I predicted would be the case.

https://www.ign.com/articles/2018/12/04/hulu-signs-multi-year-deal-with-funimation-to-expand-anime-library


The deal sees Funimation serving as the primary provider for both subtitled and dubbed anime on Hulu, making it the largest anime streaming deal in Hulu's history. Starting next year, Hulu will have a first look at on-demand streaming rights to future anime series from Funimation. Additionally, Hulu and Funimation will be the co-exclusive premiere platforms for new subtitled anime the same day they debut in Japan.


WOW! CR is gonna really suffer from the bold.
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Posted 12/6/18 , edited 12/6/18

hyde90 wrote:

Hulu is getting all the Funimation content that is leaving CR exactly as I predicted would be the case.

https://www.ign.com/articles/2018/12/04/hulu-signs-multi-year-deal-with-funimation-to-expand-anime-library


The deal sees Funimation serving as the primary provider for both subtitled and dubbed anime on Hulu, making it the largest anime streaming deal in Hulu's history. Starting next year, Hulu will have a first look at on-demand streaming rights to future anime series from Funimation. Additionally, Hulu and Funimation will be the co-exclusive premiere platforms for new subtitled anime the same day they debut in Japan.


WOW! CR is gonna really suffer from the bold.


Hulu is fairly locked to US region streaming. Unless I use a VPN i likely won't get access to those titles, and if Hulu pulls a netflix with respect to VPNs it just won't be worth the effort. So Fan Subs it is.
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Posted 12/6/18 , edited 12/7/18

umeed wrote:

Hulu is fairly locked to US region streaming. Unless I use a VPN i likely won't get access to those titles, and if Hulu pulls a netflix with respect to VPNs it just won't be worth the effort. So Fan Subs it is.

"Co-exclusive" means the shows will also be on Funimation. Also, if you are in one of the few other countries that Funimation serves, any exclusive Hulu had would not apply there.
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Posted 12/7/18 , edited 12/7/18
I'm in Europe. I can neither watch Hulu nor Funimation
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Posted 12/7/18 , edited 12/7/18

sweetmira wrote:

I'm in Europe. I can neither watch Hulu nor Funimation


In the past it's not been uncommon for CR to get rights to other regions when Funi got the US/Canada/English-speaking rights, so that might still happen for a chunk of new simulcasts. Germany and France did reasonably well with regard to these, getting German and French subs.
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Posted 12/7/18 , edited 12/7/18
I live in Germany so Funimation streaming service and Hulu are no options for me atm. I'll stay with Crunchy
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Posted 12/7/18 , edited 12/8/18
There was also that wording about Sony wanting to make Funimation a "global" brand. We'll find out in time what that meant, if anything.
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Posted 12/8/18 , edited 12/8/18
crap, i subscribe to both. yes i have a anime addiction problem. the paring was to perfect. so as all things perfect you got to screw it up.
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/9/18
Hulu is apparently coming to Canada in 2019, depending on the 2019 CR lineup i might not renew my CR membership in 2019 unless CR bring some extra stuff
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/9/18
I want to know the current state of The Slayers anime, cos it was in Crunchyroll and i assume it was also taken out, but when i checked it out on Funimation I couldn't watch due to it being region locked.
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/9/18

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I want to know the current state of The Slayers anime, cos it was in Crunchyroll and i assume it was also taken out, but when i checked it out on Funimation I couldn't watch due to it being region locked.


Even when it was here for a short time, it was only available in US/CAN, so you still would have seen a region restriction message. It has been removed along with the other affected Funimation titles as per the first post in this thread.

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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/9/18
In all honesty, CR is probably not even going to exist by the end of 2019. Hulu and Funimation are pretty much unstoppable at this point. I think I speak on behalf of a lot people who subscribe to this website when I say this but please add uncensored episodes for the shows you do have. Funimation has uncut episodes and so does Hidive and if I understand this correctly that means Hulu will also have uncensored episodes right?

If your competition has better and more high quality content than your website, people are no longer gonna sub to your website and will move to your competition especially when they're much cheaper than your service. You still have a pretty impressive amount of anime so please do something with it and add the uncut versions so your customers feel satisfied and feel like they're getting bang for their buck
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/9/18

MisterShocker wrote:

In all honesty, CR is probably not even going to exist by the end of 2019. Hulu and Funimation are pretty much unstoppable at this point.

Unstoppable on their path to... what? You think Hulu profits and Sony investment will result in Funimation outbidding CR on so many shows that CR will consistently have paltry simulcast offerings? Most anime doesn't even have anything to censor, and every service's shows are censored during simulcast, except co-productions. Simulcasts are clearly the single make-or-break factor.

There have been seasons over the years where Funimation had a much better selection than CR, yet CR's subscriber base growth didn't peter out. You just predicted a massive net loss of subscribers, which is extremely optimistic -assuming that's what you want to see, which is how it sounds.
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Posted 12/9/18 , edited 12/10/18

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Unstoppable on their path to... what?


Unstoppable as in having a huge selection of anime. Hulu by itself will have all the funi titles, a bunch of sentai filmworks stuff, other anime that neither streaming service has had like One punch man, Death note, and Grave of the fireflies and even some anime on CR.



Most anime doesn't even have anything to censor, and every service's shows are censored during simulcast, except co-productions. Simulcasts are clearly the single make-or-break factor.


Yeah but services like Hidive and Funi later upload the uncut versions on their sites for a cheaper price. I think more and more people will realize that a service that costs a few dollars more than the competition has worse and more limited content and will switch to the services that offer uncut content instead



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