I know not everyone out there is so hot on streaming due to the varying video quality you often find with these kinds of services. In my personal opinion though, I think streaming is absolutely the right direction the industry should be trying to move in if it wants to create a viable legal option to piracy. According to some numbers that have recently surfaced for Crunchyroll, it looks like a decent amount of people seem to be biting.
According to AnimeAnimeBiz, CR is seeing somewhere around 70,000 paid subscribers for their streaming service. Compared to 2010 which saw just 30,000, this is a huge increase and likely a good sign to Japanese licensors. Obviously with Funimation and Nico Nico having taken a much more serious stance on streaming, these numbers are likely to change dramatically over the next year. None the less though, I can only see the system getting better from here, not worse.
At least that's just how I feel about the whole situation. Being in Japan prevents me from actively trying any of these services so I'm probably the last person who should be commenting on this. If only Japan would take a look at what's going on across the pond. A man can hope, right?
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