I was just checking my gmail when I saw this particular email from Crunchyroll. As we all know, crunchyroll is ran by a fan of anime unlike youtube which is a professional video upload site. Many have been getting their anime fix from crunchyroll and Japanese companies lose revenue. However, change have finally come as crunchyroll will be teaming up with the Japanese companies to allow legal streaming of anime. For a fee, of course. Read on to find out more.
Popular anime such as naruto, gintama, skip beat and Shugo Chara will be legally streamed. Crunchyroll also provided a sample of 720p video for viewing purpose(naruto OP). Being curious at the supposely 720p quality, I managed to download it (don’t ask me how) and use mediainfo to take a look at the encoding. Lo and behold the stats of the video, particularly the bold red text:
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L5.1
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 12 frames
Codec ID : avc1
Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
Duration : 1mn 29s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 3 002 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 11.7 Mbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16/9
Is it 720p? Technically, on your computer, it would be far superior to any of what the fansub groups release. The 1:30 minutes video takes up 33.4mb of space. A 21 min video of the same quality will take up 467mb of space. How’s that for quality?
So, what’s the price?
Fine print(take note of bold and red text):
For as little as US $5/month, you’ll enjoy the newest episodes of hit anime series like Naruto Shippuden, Skip Beat!, Shugo Chara, Gintama, and many more on the same day it airs in Japan. You also get exclusive access to HD 480p and 720p streams, no video advertisements, custom colored stars next to your username wherever it appears, 1000 bonus CR points each month, and custom wallpaper images for your profile page. Non-members will typically get access seven days later, and access to only Standard Definition streams. Major credit cards accepted. Restrictions may apply depending on your country of residence. One month is defined as 30 days. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
- Membership Benefits: These benefits will begin on January 8 of 2009, when the Anime Membership launches. Star membership benefits will begin immediately.
- Cancel Anytime: You may easily cancel your subscription renewal at any time, online, 24 hours a day, with no cancellation fees. However, there are no refunds for partial subscriptions.
- Star Benefits Include: custom colored stars next to your username where it appears on the website, 1000 bonus CR points each month, and custom wallpaper images for your profile page.
If you were to be a working adult who watches anime. would you hop onto the plan? Or would you stick with standard definition as a non-member? Only time will tell how the public reacts to the carrot given out by the Japanese companies after they abandoned their stick.