What's wrong with commercials? If you are watching it for free. The least you can do is watch a commercial. It's not as if they are five minutes long. They are normally about thirty seconds.
I will say that in regards to Funimation, their commercials are really glitchy. I don't mind commercials at all, I prefer sites to have them to be honest, but sometimes Funimation's get a tad annoying. One time I was on their, watching FMA(Recent one), but right in the middle of the action, not a place for a commercial, but one popped up and it did piss me off a little bit.
" @Supermutant: What's wrong with commercials? If you are watching it for free. The least you can do is watch a commercial. It's not as if they are five minutes long. They are normally about thirty seconds. "
" I'm more used to the FUNimation and VIZ simulcasts than Crunchyroll.CR has more adverts than I'm used to, and I bet that their video membership costs more than some sleazy hotline. "$8/month is more than you spend on a sleazy hotline? That's not as sprint to the finish - its a dash.
" The future of anime is online videos; that's the future of TV in general as well. Bang Zoom's insisting that "online videos aren't profitable" is simply because the R1 Anime companies did an *awful* job of starting their own web players; ...Remember that BangZoom is a dubbing house. If the market for streaming simulcasts is still in its early days, the market for digital downloads is in its infancy, and that's where the market for digital distributions of dubs seems to be located.
If online video players aren't working, its because they're not really trying to make them work in the first place. They're not very enthusiastic about it. "Don't forget that there are more than the US licensors/distributors involved - there is also the Japanese production committees. If they don't understand the benefit to their own long term survival of building the market for ad-supported and subscriber-supported simulcasts of their broadcasts throughout North and South America, Europe and Oceania ... that makes it harder to get them to agree to reasonable terms for the streams to help build the market.