Anime Expo 2013 SimulTV
by Lynzee Lamb, Jul 6th 2013
The SimulTV linear and on-demand TV streaming service opened with a commercial for the service. The panel was hosted by SimulTV head Steven Turner and voice actors Laura Post, Erica Mendez, and Lucien Dodge. The service allows users to view live TV, on-demand television, and films while inviting friends to view with them. The service streamed Anime Expo's panels and concerts as well.
Q: Do you need a smart TV?
A: No, we work with a lots of devices, Android, Apple, and more. You can use it on as many devices as you own but only one device on an account at a time.
Q: What anime titles will you have?
A: We're in negotiations for everything, but right now we have Durarara, Blue Exorcist, and Fate/Zero. We also have live channels and 10 of our own channels such as Western, Anime, and Sci-fi. We also have 5,000 movies on demand.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Packages cost US$5 to US$20 depending on the package. The $5 per month package includes American channels and also has the anime shows. There's no commitment but if you commit to a longer package you get a free month for every 3 months.
Q: If you don't have a webcam, can you use it?
A: You just can't video chat, but you can audio chat. If you don't have audio, you can type. You can have Facebook and Twitter at the asme time too.
Q: What's the difference between your service and Netflix?
A: Well, our service is browser-based so it can be viewed on any device with internet. We also have live channels as well as worldwide availability.
Q: Do your friends have to have the service to watch you?
A: Your friends do have to have the service and the same package to watch with you. No matter if they're in a different continent, you'll hear the bat crack at the same time. The stream will sync to the lowest speed of the two viewers though.
Q: Is it available on Roku devices?
A: Anything with a browser will work but we don't have something on Roku yet. Apps may be available moer for marketing than actual functionality.
The panel then broke into a voice actor contest where Laura Post, Erica Mendez, and Lucien Dodge, who imitated lines from their works and others. Audiences members then came up and imitated to the best of their ability for prizes.
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