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Neon Alley: What's Coming this Fall? -- THE VICE PIT

Sam returns! And he's back, just in time, to interview Kevin Kleinrock, the program director of Neon Alley, and grill him about what's coming for the channel's new season.

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zaldaron Oct. 18, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

SAM'S BACK! Assuming the "you were gone for a wedding" wasn't a joke CONGRATS!

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 18, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

I forgot to a simulcast line for Neon Alley. Though, the company airs dubbed shows. I have to tweak it for future simulcast article along with HULU, FUNimation, and Crunchyroll.

Yay, Neon Alley is broadcasting Magi in dub. I need to buy a subscription.

Edit:

I can't watch the video yet since I forgot my headphones, and I'm at the library.

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 18, 2013 at 6:40 p.m.

Neon Alley is a good website. Haven't see a website that stream dub shows. However, the schedule makes a hindrance for folks. Folks want to watch shows without following a tv schedule and watch it on their own time for convenience sake. The premieres are awesome since you get to watch them earlier before the DVD and BD releases. I just missed Magi. Only got to watch the credits. I was curious about the dub.

Edit:

The Catch Up feature is useful, but it has a limited library. I know Neon Alley will expand their library. The sooner they do it, the more users they will have. Right now, it's a small net.

zaldaron Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.

@takashichea: yeah the idea that it isn't on demand I don't understand...that is one of the best things about the internet and on demand doesn't mean you will have to get tons of stuff.

and I prefer sub to dub so..

Missed some of the humor here but ah well. Like the return of the old opening and enjoy the new ending!

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 18, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.

@zaldar:

Neon Alley build a niche to serve that part of the audience. Right now, it has no competition from Crunchyroll and FUNimation who deals with subbed materials. It's a safe market for them until another company comes in. See Wakanim.tv. It came in this year and taking Crunchyroll's audiences in Europe. It streamed Kill la Kill and other shows for the UK and select countries that Crunchyroll didn't get.

Yes, dub demands are lower than sub. In time, the English VAs will get better.

sickVisionz moderator on Oct. 19, 2013 at 9:09 a.m.

Neon Alley sounds cool on paper I guess but I can't get into it. Sports are the only televised content I'm willing to build my schedule around rather than it be on-demand and I can watch it whenever I want.

Even if I was big into dubs and only wanted to watch anime dubbed, the linear format of these would make it worthless for me. Even when I watch currently airing shows, I buy the episodes on Amazon so that I'm not restricted to having to watch it solely at the time the tv channel airs it.

If they're getting money and seeing success from this, god bless 'em. Seems wholly ass backwards to me but good on them if they've found an audience that can sustain the model.

@takashichea said:

I forgot to a simulcast line for Neon Alley.

I don't think they actually simulcast anything as they only air dubbed content and I think there's only been one series in all of anime history to get a dubbed simulcast (Kurokami which came out like 5 or so year ago).

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 19, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.

I like the idea of scheduled programing with the ability to play cach up as needed.That would be great for network tv etc.But anime subs/dubs split makes less apealing to me.But for my friend who hates subs this may be his ticket to ride .I will pass it along an see if he is intrested in it.

Another nice thing here is this would be a great way to see if you like the dubs before buying a disc.So it would be a great preview for those who realy like dubs onlyProblem is pricing is above what amazon prime would cost for a year.But only by 4 dollars i think.

@zaldar: im same way .Very few dubs i like more than subtitles. Cowboy Bebop being one of the few i like it dubed more than subtitled.Ghost in the shell is one i like it with or with out.

@takashichea: Well its a niche within sadly another niche.I think if they could run two chanels one for dubs an one for subs then i would seriously look at geting the service for myself.

@sickVisionz: Agrement here to.But i dont even schedule sports any more.Lost intrest in football around same time when Reggie White retired.An since EA stoped doing Madden on pc i just lost intrest in it.When healthy id much rather play a MMORPG with friends than watch sports.

I really do think if they had dub an a sub channel set it would work better.

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 19, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.

@sickVisionz:

Thanks for the correction. I just realized it last night, but I forgot to edit my comment due to doing overtime for the wiki last night. I have to correct Neon Alley's wiki page and tweak it.

@Marshal Victory:

If they have a sub channel, it doesn't mesh well with their motto.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 19, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.

@takashichea: Buisness much like nature its evolve or die.Flags change an mottos to.But i think they proably can not due to sub title liscense going to other sites.Did pass this site along to my friend who hates subtitles .

Just watched Patlabor 3rd movie in dub.It wasnt bad that way.Other than some had a southern drawl in their acents.Kinda threw things for me for bit.

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 19, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

I tried the first week trial. Though, I don't have much to watch because most of the episodes are available for a short time. It's a bit hard to stay attached to the site. As for movies, you can do catch up on them.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 19, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

@takashichea: Ya thats a shame .Amazon prime has some anime movies an tv series now.Hulu has a decent selction to for free.Tho i still have probelms with comericals some times .Its like they will not go onto the next one an freeze the browser.does it on explorer an chrome. An on two difrent machines .

Off to find something to watch hands shaking to much to play any games :/

FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 20, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.
I haven't tried Neon Alley. Partly because it's a pay service, but mostly because I'm not that interested in dubs. There are very few dubs I like over the original Japanese audio.

Other services, such as Crunchyroll, provide larger selection of series, and you can watch entire series. If I'm new to a series, I can start at episode 1. Neon Alley more sounds like a 24 hr. TV network.

The Catch Up feature is nice, but what if you're going to be out of town for the whole day...or week? I see they added PC support. I just don't like the idea that you could still miss an episode when this is a paid service.
takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 22, 2013 at 7:31 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt:

I actually ran into that problem during the first free week trial. I wanted to try Tiger and Bunny, Buso Renkin, and Death Note for the first time. Good news, Tiger and Bunny's first few episodes were in the catch up but not Death Note.

Though, quick fix is to watch Death Note on HULU.

mooned_knight staff on Oct. 23, 2013 at 4:20 a.m.

@zaldar: It's true, it's true.

RealJpoeon Nov. 11, 2013 at 8:46 p.m.

Late on the comment but anyways...

Neon Alley is perfect for the new audience as long as they get their name out. The fact they seem to have good advertisement presence on PSN & XboxLive is a great start. The linear structure can defiantly work for new fans to find shows they like, from personal experience when I first got into anime a few years back I would occasionally see what Adult Swim was airing on Saturday night and watch what ever seemed interesting.

On the other had the Catchup feature definitely needs work. Outside of the free trial when it launched just out of curiosity I have had no interest in seeing most of these shows on a weekly basis even though I like most dubs. I'm more of a person who likes to marathon things. Also there is still the issue of piracy. Some people (me) actively pirate shows that aren't available on a reliable cheap streaming service because of money, but if I can pay $8 a month and be able to marathon something I am game. That is why I haven't pirated a Funimation show in years, while their site can be buggy they offer me a huge catalog. If NA had at least a few of their completed shows in full on there that I wanted to watch I'd sign up this moment.

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