Representatives Brady McCollum (COO) and Victoria Holden (Community Manager) got straight to the point and gave us exciting information on their online streaming service of anime. Crunchyroll comes out swinging with streaming service to new devices beginning this summer, as well as new additions to the their website.
More details after the break.
The panelists gave a brief history of all devices that Crunchyroll currently works on; from PCs and Macs, to mobile devices of iOS and Android, and even to Google TV. However, much excitement came about when it was revealed that the streaming service can now be accessed through Samsung TVs, the PS3 (both slated for a July release), and the PS Vita (available by the end of the year).
Some of the new additions to the site include news, daily deals, a live talk show, and the Ambassador Program. News is pretty straightforward with easy access to Facebook linking. Their daily deals page consist of marked down prices for all things anime, specifically available for 24 hours; a new day, a new deal. The live talk show aims to keep viewers up with news as well as having special guest interviews. Viewers can also live comment with the cast through the site.
One of the biggest additions is the Ambassador Program. If you happen to be a cosplayer, photographer, or blogger, you can represent Crunchyroll, and while doing so you can get paid. All one would have to do is sign an affiliate agreement and be available to do promotional events for Crunchyroll.
The latter half of the panel simply revealed new additions and coming attractions of anime to their site, totaling to over 30 simulcast titles. Some of which include: Total Eclipse, Yuruyuri, The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, Kokoro Connect, Tari Tari, and Natsuki Rendezvous. K-dramas are also another new and welcome addition to the site.
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