Or a least, that's what anime has taught me. Reality may differ.
" I also wouldn't be so quick to assume Crunchyroll is kicking anyone's asses in ways that matter for longevity (e.g. money); they're still young and are working mostly off of venture capital. I know at least one company that refused to do any simulcasts this season, with Crunchyroll or anyone else, because they didn't feel that a profit could be made off of the current model. "Crunchyroll will probably end up being the catalyst for another company to dominate digital anime distribution. However, like you said they are young and running off VC money, so if they can show growth and potential, the VCs will stick with them for years to come. Internet start-ups are being given more leeway now more than ever because of their potential. Crunchyroll should be no different.
Just read the article about the "death of anime" and then Eric Sherman's letter/quasi-guilt trip, then Unscripted. Heres my own personal take on the current status of anime. First, the quality of English dubs have been really hit or miss lately. Some I have come across are so bad that it makes what would have been an enjoyable series just a real pain to watch. Lets take Naruto for example, yes Im a Naruto fan. I love the manga and fansubs. But I have heard the English dub and swear I just about want to rip my earns off evertime I hear Naruto yell, "Believe it!" in what sounds like a smoker's voice. I mean did the person doing the voice acting smoke two packs of cigerttes before each recording session. But I digress.
Secondly, lets face it, some anime series have such a low fanbase (even in Japan) that a sub only release will do fine or even better. I cant tell you how many times I have seen a release in Best Buy or online (wherever) and thought it would be a fun show to watch but end up hearing people's reaction or reveiws on that series and come to the conclusion that its simply not worth my hard-earned $20-$25 for 3 or 4 episodes of a show I may hate. On the other hand, if I could buy some of these series in sub only for a little less money I would have picked up the first release to try and make my mind up for myself.
Lastly, is the use of anime on the internet. Its just easier to download something you browsed the web for from the comfort of your home, rather than drive to the store, stand looking at all the different selection of shows you have never seen or have any information on (hopefully finding something) and stand in line to pay, what I think to be too much to pay for many dubbed series. Companies have gotten close with the idea of simlcast. But here is the problem, you pay your subscription to watch anime a few hours after its aired and thats great. But what if your like me and enjoy rewatching your favs a few years from now. Chances are that you will be outa luck because it will more than likely be removed from the server to free up space for more anime. Then you have to go to the store and buy the whole series or download fansubs from the net. A healthy alternative to this would to allow fans to pay for a permanent download to keep for just such occaisons. I mean common, its the iPod generation. We would rather pay for an electronic copy of something like this. But, it seems that these big studios have lost touch with want anime fans really want.
I also wouldn't be so quick to assume Crunchyroll is kicking anyone's asses in ways that matter for longevity (e.g. money); they're still young and are working mostly off of venture capital. I know at least one company that refused to do any simulcasts this season, with Crunchyroll or anyone else, because they didn't feel that a profit could be made off of the current model. "I would tell you that company is also very very dumb. It is hard truth that if a thief wants to steal something you have they will. Not simulcasting a show means you earn 0 dollars on that option. Crunchyroll has already shown it is willing to make tough deals for product, for example they take down Fairy Tail episodes after a month. All they really need to do is provide a flash version of the show and honestly that isn't all that hard, time consuming, or expensive Crunchyroll can do most of the rest on it's own. Meanwhile while they make 0 dollars on their shows not getting any simulcasts the fansubbers are distributing them illegally anyway.