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  • Originally posted by WTK View Post
    That came a little quicker than I thought it would. From the e-mail I got, HIDIVE's entire library will be available by the end of the month. I guess I'll be keeping VRV for a bit longer, as this way I can now watch HIDIVE shows on my TV via Roku.

    From the e-mail

    Prepare to cannonball into an even bigger pool of anime with HIDIVE on VRV! Starting today, you can watch MADE IN ABYSS, Food Wars!, Bloom Into You, and more ? with HIDIVE's entire library available by the end of the month. So what are you waiting for? HIDIVE in!
    What I've Been Watching ~ DVD Collection


    • FAQ: https://help.crunchyroll.com/hc/en-u...r-Fan-Pack-FAQ


      Crunchyroll Launches The Super Fan Pack Membership, Featuring ANiUTa, Utomik, VRV And More!

      $100 of total value, all for $14.99 monthly

      Crunchyroll takes the wraps off of its biggest offering yet - the Super Fan Pack. After months of behind the scenes planning with a select group of partners that embody Crunchyroll's dedication to super-serving its fans, the Super Fan Pack is officially available with ANiUTa, Utomik, MunchPak, Right Stuf Anime, and exclusive Crunchyroll access and discounts. You can sign up for the Super Fan Pack here* or learn more about what it offers below.

      So, what is the Super Fan Pack, you ask? It's a monthly subscription that currently features the following services:

      The world's first anime song streaming service, ANiUTa, offers more than 15,000 songs available for streaming in the US. You can stream full songs at 320 kilobits per second and store up to 1,000 songs in a library.

      With songs from current shows like Attack on Titan Season 3, Steins;Gate 0, and The Ancient Magus' Bride, plus hot classics like Fairy Tail, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and One Punch Man, there's something for every anime fans ears! You can download ANiUTa for Android and iOS below, then log in with your Super Fan Pack credentials to start listening.

      Utomik brings a library of 800+ hand-picked games that grows every week. You get instant access to a deeply diverse collection so there's something for every kind of gamer. They have partnerships with 100+ publishers and developers such as Idea Factory Intl, SEGA, Warner Bros. Games, Aksys Games, and Curve Digital! Start playing after downloading a small part. No installations, no patching, no distractions!

      Start playing after downloading only a small part, the rest downloads as you play with no lag or buffering. Play what you want, when you want! Click the Utomik logo to go to the special site for Crunchyroll Super Fan Pack Members to get started.

      MunchPak delivers snacks from around the world direct to consumer. With 3 different sizes, over 60 different countries, and 15 ways to customize a MunchPak anyone can travel the world from the comfort of their home.

      Crunchyroll Super Fan Pack Members will receive a free MunchPak snack box with more specific details coming soon.

      One of the industry's original pioneers, Right Stuf Anime celebrated their 31st Birthday this year and operates one of the trade's most recognized Internet storefronts. With over 25,000 products, it's one of the premier North American specialty retailers in the anime and manga marketplace.

      Right Stuf also publishes its own anime titles under video production label Nozomi Entertainment, and handles production/distribution for several firms, including Sunrise, Inc. for their Gundam Franchise, Aniplex of America, PonyCan USA, and Eleven Arts, amongst others. Crunchyroll Super Fan Pack Members can receive up to a 10% discount on Home Video and Manga products on the site, with more details coming soon.

      But wait, there's more!

      Not only do you get all of the above for signing up under the Super Fan Pack subscription, but Crunchyroll is also sweetening the deal even further with FREE domestic shipping and discounts in the Crunchyroll Store, along with an exclusive Super Fan Pack swag bag for new members. And on top of that, Super Fan Pack members also get access to exclusive events in the future as well as complete access to its companion platform, VRV. All for only $14.99 a month!

      That's not a typo, all of the aforementioned services and discounts on their own can be worth over $100. You're getting what is possibly the best deal ever for thousands of hours of content and that's before adding the additional content included in ANiUTa and Utomik, as well as the discounts on MunchPak, Right Stuf Anime, and the Crunchyroll Store. Do yourself a huge favor and sign up for the Super Fan Pack today, because it will only get better from here.

      *Currently, the Super Fan Pack is only available to free or new users of Crunchyroll in the US, who have never subscribed to Crunchyroll Premium or Premium+, and only on web and Android. We're working on increasing the availability and will share more information in the future. Please note, that on the web you'll need to make sure you're logged out before clicking on the "Try Free" button on the top of the page.

      For more information, you can also visit our FAQ.


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        • ...

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          Otter Media Lays Off 10% Of Staff In Restructuring Of Digital Properties



          • https://twitter.com/VamptVo/status/1070439356941266944
            Looks like nobody in Crunchyroll/Ellation is getting laid off, thankfully, though it?s possible they could also get hit by a restructure soon (Otter is Ellation?s parent company).

            Also, kind of a big deal: Rooster Teeth is being placed under Ellation!


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              Ellation's VRV bundle streaming service confirmed with ANN on Friday that the full library for the HIDIVE streaming service is now available on VRV.

              The content includes current simulcast series such as Bloom Into You (English dub), Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School, The Girl in Twilight, and Release the Spyce (English dub).

              VRV started adding HIDIVE's content on November 3, and had originally planned to add all the content from HIDIVE onto the service by the end of November.


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                Kun Gao Steps Down as Crunchyroll GM, Continues to Serve as Adviser

                Crunchyroll co-founder Kun Gao has stepped down from the position of General Manager at Crunchyroll. Joanne Waage, former CEO of Viki, has taken over the role as of September 2018.

                Gao will continue to serve as an adviser at Crunchyroll, and as a board member at Crunchyroll K.K., the company's Japanese branch. He will continue to work on several ongoing projects.

                Crunchyroll did not comment on whether it foresees changes as a result of the transition. Gao commented that he thinks Crunchyroll has a "bright future," and that he has confidence in Waage and the rest of the team. Waage commented, "We have big plans to create more 360-degree experiences for fans via content, games, merchandise, events, and more."

                Waage took over the role of CEO of Rakuten's subsidiary streaming platform Viki in March 2017 after serving as Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programming.


                • Niche No Longer  -  Anime in the Mainstream



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                    Why Is Crunchyroll On So Many Production Committees?

                    by Justin Sevakis, Jan 28th 2019

                    Alex asked:
                    Recently, Crunchyroll has increased the number of anime titles in which they are a member of the production committee. What benefit does being part of the production committee have over just licensing a title for release, and why is it only Crunchyroll using this model to acquire titles?

                    The biggest reason for any distributor to be on a production committee is that they're the partial owner of the show, because they contributed money to the production -- in other words, they're a co-producer. As such, they sign on to the project with the ability to guide important decisions over their jurisdiction of the anime kingdom: in Crunchyroll's case, worldwide streaming rights. Any company who co-produces automatically gets the rights to that show that were agreed to when the committee first forms. In other words, they don't have to bid on the show later. They automatically own it.

                    This is hugely important, and the driving reason why foreign publishers have joined production committees over the years. Competition for new series is so intense between distributors that automatically being able to shut out the competition eliminates a huge headache for these companies. And Crunchyroll is far from the first to do so. ADV Films was on several production committees (for shows like the original Kino's Journey; Geneon USA was on the production committee for shows like Tenjho Tenge and Ergo Proxy; even Media Blasters and Central Park Media co-produced a couple of OVAs back in the 90s. Funimation is also part of many production committees, and their purchase by Sony last year is thought to open many new doors for them.

                    But the benefits of co-ownership go far beyond having "dibs" to the show. A single season anime series usually runs about US$3.6 Million to produce, and depending on how many companies are on the committee, it could be that co-producing the show actually costs LESS than bidding on the rights to the show later. What's more, if any aspect of the production is successful, ALL of the co-producers get a share of the profits. So, say a new series is a bomb in America but does very very well in China. If Crunchyroll was part of its production committee, they would get some revenues from that success in China, even if their own release was a failure. If a company approached Crunchyroll to do merchandise or a game of the series in question, Crunchyroll would still need to get the approval of the committee, but as a member, the process would be comparatively very quick and easy for them.

                    Investing in a new show is a very long road, and has its pitfalls. Being an active member of production is quite a bit of work, and involves a lot of regular meetings in Japan, where every aspect of the show and its release are discussed. Series take YEARS to get off the ground, as anime production studios are currently booked solid for at least 3-5 years in advance. And from early designs and an original work, it's very hard to tell if a show is going to be good. A bad or dysfunctional committee can easily turn destructive, and make a lot of bad decisions that can completely derail production or even cause the total loss of funds before a show even gets made.

                    Production Committees are a hard party to get an invitation to. Production committees make decisions by consensus, and are therefore assembled only from trusted members of a very small clique of executives at known companies. There's a pecking order to them -- there are committees made from very successful "cool kid" investors, and ones made up of lesser producers and companies. While the recent boom in streaming anime both in the West and in China has made Japanese producers open up these committees to foreigners, it's been a very slow process, and it's taken a very long time for both Funimation and Crunchyroll to earn enough respect to sit at the "cool kids' table."

                    Since the lead time for new productions is so long, it will be years before we see the full extent of the involvement of both of these companies in new series as they come out. But anime is now a global medium, so these companies' involvement in production committees is something that is only going to ramp up.


                    • A pretty interesting read there, but nevertheless it's largely common sense stuff, and some not-so-obvious benefits tied into it as it's all about being able to get the show seeing that there's increased competition from Amazon, Netflix, and Sentai, and pretty soon Crunchyroll will be up against Funimation just like old times.
                      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Super Bowl LIII from Atlanta
                      Watching: Loki Ragnarok, Tsurune, Leviathan, Chaos;Child, Coppelion, Toonami Stuff
                      Simulcasts: FTL, TOA-I, TSL, SAO, KTF, CQK, KMF, DAL, TSH, PNL, More TBD
                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!


                      • https://twitter.com/Crunchyroll/stat...05391286992896
                        new Xbox One app today


                        • Reoccurring theme for this week...https://downdetector.com/status/crunchyroll

                          https://twitter.com/Crunchyroll/stat...12530458619905 (Feb 5)
                          Hey everyone ~ ! You may have noticed we've had some intermittent issues with the site today, but don’t worry!! We’re working hard to prevent the issue as quickly as possible and will be smooth sailing before you know it. Thank you for your patience.


                          • Crunchyroll has been pretty buggy as of late as there are lots of gateway errors and stuff. It's good that they are doing this during the non-peak watching periods as it certainly needs fixing.
                            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Super Bowl LIII from Atlanta
                            Watching: Loki Ragnarok, Tsurune, Leviathan, Chaos;Child, Coppelion, Toonami Stuff
                            Simulcasts: FTL, TOA-I, TSL, SAO, KTF, CQK, KMF, DAL, TSH, PNL, More TBD
                            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!


                            • How ironic that I've been working on my physical backlog lately!


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