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Crunchyroll To Discontinue Download-to-Own Service

by dtshyk
Mar 12, 2010 3:03 AM | 47 Comments
Crunchyroll announced that they will discontinue the Download-to-Own service on March 31st. According to Anime Nation, CEO of Crunchyroll explained that they are focusing on the simulcast business.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Anime Nation

Story by kashim

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I was expecting this to come eventually, so it's no surprise here. I never really used it anyway.

Mar 15, 2010 7:15 PM by Retro8bit

Just further evidence of the faggotry that is crunchyroll.

Reminds me of the pointed response I issued to their spokesperson when they tried to solicit an advertising partnership with our club website.

I should post that sometime for kicks on my blog. lol

Mar 15, 2010 1:21 PM by Mr_Panda

I still go on Crunchyroll occasionally, but they really killed crunchyroll way back, It was the shit when everything went on there, and the admins only took stuff off when it was licensed. When all the anime/dramas i were going to watch weren't there, I was like... what the hell?

Mar 15, 2010 12:53 PM by sullane


Mar 15, 2010 12:19 AM by Malware

Crunchyroll is good for watching older episodes (no subscription required), since they do have better quality than others, otherwise they can go die for all I care.

Mar 14, 2010 7:36 PM by Xizel

JadeMatrix said:
Eh, I swore off Crunchyroll about a year ago.

Seriously, someone should strike a deal with Apple to get subbed anime episodes on iTunes, like regular TV. They can probably sell 'em cheap, since the Japanese companies (for the most part) don't give a hoot about the Western market. Plus, people'll buy stuff they can get for free, if it's cheap and convenient enough — win/win.

Knowing Apple they will probably sell each episode at the same price as the TV shows they already have.

Mar 14, 2010 6:04 PM by MrOnsen

Never heard, went or even DL from that site so i dont give a damn about it.

Mar 14, 2010 5:28 PM by xDoN904

crunchyroll can be shut down for all i care. there site has gone downhill since they went through and did there changes to it.

Mar 14, 2010 5:18 PM by ShadowBall

Crunchyroll before was nice which was a few years back until they changed there website, for me they can completely disappear now <3 go go do it do it^_^

Mar 14, 2010 4:54 PM by Lyfa

I understand the hate revolving around Crunchyroll. I dont really like them myself but you have to give it them for providing the streaming service that they do. Crunchyroll has really expanded anime to many people around the world. I would say if Crunchyroll went down a majority of people who used to watch anime would have no idea of how to watch their shows anymore.

Yes CrunchyRoll subs are nothing compared to a quality fansub group like Eclipse. But hey its not like you are gonna watch their subs for all the shows they do. Its about picking and choosing. If their is a distinguishable fansub group that is doing watch theirs but if there isnt go ahead and watch Crunchyroll subs. I watch their versions all the time because it is good enough for me since more than not i will probably never archive the shows they have licensed.

Btw when i mean watch Crunchyroll subs i mean watch Horriblesubs or any other rip group ; )

Also this news wont hurt any of those groups because they dont get the subs from that service they rip them.

Mar 14, 2010 4:20 PM by skullking123

archonflux said:
They should just remove their existence and everyone will be happy again.

don't worry, the internet will always find something to bitch about :D

Mar 14, 2010 3:16 PM by kkslider5552000

They should just remove their existence and everyone will be happy again.

Mar 14, 2010 2:00 PM by archonflux

Ah..they're also removing the chat server. lulz.

Mar 14, 2010 1:37 PM by lustmord

Pw3age said:
Crunchy's digging it's own grave...

dun really care about crunchyroll , ^w^'

Mar 14, 2010 11:32 AM by eiskio

Packard20 said:
Cool story.

Not gonna lie, if CR died tomorrow and simply disappeared form the world it would probably be one of the best days to be an anime fan ever.

They're taking whats valuable right from our hands and feeding it to low tier idiots, they're slapping a brand on it and selling it, disregarding the fanbase that was built around freedom of distribution and good will, stepping on the people who built their empire, their near monopoly of 'stimucasted' anime. And would you like to know the worst part? We're just lying down and taking it.

/immature rant, I'll be quiet now.

CR really did ruin a lot. It'd be one thing if they actually did a good job and put effort in, but they don't.

Mar 14, 2010 9:00 AM by DragoZERO

I didn't even know they had such service. o_O

Mar 14, 2010 8:57 AM by NoyaChan

This could be potentially bad...

Mar 13, 2010 8:54 PM by Dr_Jan_Itor_List

I have a question.

How will certain fansub groups (mainly HorribleSubs and CrunchySubs) be able to continue to rip CrunchyRoll's videos after this service goes away?

As for my opinion on this news, I think it sucks, especially for people who have slow PCs/Laptops and therefore can't watch videos online via web browsers.

Downloading the videos makes it a whole lot better for them, especially if they can play the videos just fine via media players that don't require an internet connection in order to play downloaded videos.

Mar 13, 2010 6:45 PM by Toddler_Naruto

Meh, I quit Crunchyroll back when they took down 95% of their shows and started all that paid account bull. Their userbase is horrible, their subs are inaccurate and ugly, and the whole thing just reeks of greed.
It's all so beneath me I don't even feel like thinking about it anymore.

Mar 13, 2010 6:04 PM by fdssdfdsfsf