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NEWS: Hulu.com Launches Channel for Free, Legal Anime Streams


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mechayakuza



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:37 am Reply with quote
MrAnimeSpecialist wrote:
Judging from the name, Hulu must be based in Hawaii.


It's not. It's just trying to use a trendy and catchy name, so it's no more based in Hawaii than Amazon is in South America. It's owned by NBC Universal and News Corp, so it's definitely in the continental US.
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Richard J.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:39 am Reply with quote
MrAnimeSpecialist wrote:
Tis' the sad truth, as most people may inadvertently end up seeing english dubs of questionable quality.
Most English dubs now are quite respectable, though there are a few not-so-goods out there. The important thing to remember is the maximization of possible fans.

Think of it like this, regardless of how much control a paticular group has within a political party over party policy, the party absolutely must have as many people voting for it as possible or it fails to win elections. Consumer goods are the same way (and anime is a consumer good despite the leeches' views) and thus the key is to maximize the number of consumers.

Ad supported streams especially need lots of eyes or they'll drop anime in favor of something that gets more eyes. That's the value of having both options available, it raises the total number of viewers thus providing the streaming site (and hopefully the anime providers) with more money that can be spent licensing more anime that in turn leads to more anime being made. It's a cycle of life that requires as many fans as possible to take part if it's to work well.

Also, there is a rather large anime fan base for English dubs. I myself am such a fan and a buyer of anime DVDs, manga, etc. If all the fans are catered to, everyone wins.
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LKK



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:57 am Reply with quote
I've already seen all of Hulu's current anime offerings that interest me. However, I'm definitely going to keep an eye for any new series they add. Like others have said, I think this is a step in the right direction towards solving anime's R1 distribution problems. It's not the whole solution, but it's a very good sign.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:02 am Reply with quote
I need to put in my 2 cents about this:

Okay, first off, I'm not pleased that this service is region locked considering that I live in Canada. I'm hoping Hulu will provide additional viewing for Canadians in the near future. Next, ad supported streams is a wise move considering that sponsorship can help bring in the revenue based on viewership and thus, help with supporting the industry through promotion and licensing. However, I still can't help but think that people can just slide the playback bar to skip the commercial breaks and thus, get back to their show.

One more thing about this service is it is doing something that had me pondering one important possibility: making television viewership obsolete.

Now, television right now isn't going anywhere but with the growing popularity of watching full episodes of shows online, I can't help but think that people in the future may just choose to ditch the ol' boob tube and resort to the CRT tube instead. Is this the future of entertainment viewership?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:10 am Reply with quote
it can be good if they can get more good titles
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Mr. Toto



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:17 am Reply with quote
This is just such a good idea. I love Hulu already, and now I can watch anime on it too? Killer.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:18 am Reply with quote
Dubs work well enough to preview an anime, so long as they aren't just godawful. I'm a hard-sell on dubs, they're definitely not my preferred way of watching anything (not just anime), but where else can I watch the 2003 Astro Boy essentially for free? Beggars can't be choosers, we can just be happy someone's finally offering something like this.
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KabaKabaFruit



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:22 am Reply with quote
Perhaps in the future they can provide dual language capabilities for all shows but that may just be a pipe dream. Sad
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Faraz



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:24 am Reply with quote
KabaKabaFruit wrote:
I need to put in my 2 cents about this:

Okay, first off, I'm not pleased that this service is region locked considering that I live in Canada. I'm hoping Hulu will provide additional viewing for Canadians in the near future.



I live in Vancouver and watch Hulu on a consistant basis. Just use any of the hundreds of proxy websites out there (do a google search for 'proxy websites').
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:27 am Reply with quote
KabaKabaFruit wrote:

One more thing about this service is it is doing something that had me pondering one important possibility: making television viewership obsolete.

Now, television right now isn't going anywhere but with the growing popularity of watching full episodes of shows online, I can't help but think that people in the future may just choose to ditch the ol' boob tube and resort to the CRT tube instead. Is this the future of entertainment viewership?


Well, it can be inconvenient to rearrange your personal life to view an episode or take the time to program a VCR or DVR.

Besides, this is a perfect outlet for titles that wouldn't make it onto a cable network no matter how much begging you do, like One Piece, Mushi-shi, Full Moon, Kanon, Air, Lucky Star, Moribito, Code Geass, Detective Conan....

Hopefully, Bandai Ent takes a hint and uses hulu also and Sony adds Blood +.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:33 am Reply with quote
hikaru004 wrote:
KabaKabaFruit wrote:

One more thing about this service is it is doing something that had me pondering one important possibility: making television viewership obsolete.

Now, television right now isn't going anywhere but with the growing popularity of watching full episodes of shows online, I can't help but think that people in the future may just choose to ditch the ol' boob tube and resort to the CRT tube instead. Is this the future of entertainment viewership?


Well, it can be inconvenient to rearrange your personal life to view an episode or take the time to program a VCR or DVR.

Besides, this is a perfect outlet for titles that wouldn't make it onto a cable network no matter how much begging you do, like One Piece, Mushi-shi, Full Moon, Kanon, Air, Lucky Star, Moribito, Code Geass, Detective Conan....

Hopefully, Bandai Ent takes a hint and uses hulu also and Sony adds Blood +.

Code Geass is on at 5 in the morning on AS but I do want Sony to do the same with Blood + and hopefully without dubtitles. I'm more excited about Death Note than Naruto.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:38 am Reply with quote
I already watch a few shows on HULU so this is just even better news for me personally. this just means i probably will watch more shows on there now. thats what they want and they are bringing shows i want. Its a win/win situation for me. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:44 am Reply with quote
Well I think this is great. And I am really happy a site besides CrunchyRoll is expanding. I can only hope that Companies like say, GDH decide to use them in the future instead of the the current situation.


Oh and as far as region locking. Don't you people know how to change your IP address these days? Is there some reason that wouldn't work?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:22 pm Reply with quote
Pepperidge wrote:

And I can't for the life of me understand why people think that BOST as a superior model for digital viewing. You're forced to pay a significant amount of money for what amounts to a proprietary, web-based rental. What casual viewer is even going to consider something like that compared to the type of service Hulu.com provides?


It's not, they've already started to offer DRM-free downloads that are of DVD resolution.

The reason they started low and restrictive is because the anime industry is being very up-tight, but with each successive new season, BOST has managed to fight for more for the end-user: they started off with limit countries with web rental only, then to a worldwide rental but with a token lower resolution DRM-free download thrown in for free, and now they have DVD resolution which are also DRM-free. It's pretty obvious they are actually fighting to give more to what people want, they really just need the support.

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Oh and as far as region locking. Don't you people know how to change your IP address these days? Is there some reason that wouldn't work?


There are reports that Hulu has taken steps to detect proxies usages and block them accordingly. They KNOW people are using proxies.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:24 pm Reply with quote
I think its a good idea come to late. If they had said 20 episodes of Naruto Shippuden then it might have caught my eye. But to show 20 episodes of Naruto that have already aired/rebroadcasted and bought?

I'm happy someone caught a clue for shows which only got one broadcast or which may not been seen.
And the other shows which haven't been broadcast.

I'll keep and eye on it, but for not its all stuff that i've seen/own.

As for region locking that sucks, and its one of the things they'll have to work around to get a bigger audience.
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