Anime-Planet.com partners with Crunchyroll to provide in-depth video integration

Discussion in 'Site Announcements' started by sothis, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. sothis

    sothis Overlord Staff Member

    Posted by sothis on Feb 27, 2014
    #1
    The announcement you've been waiting for is arrived - we've partnered with Crunchyroll to bring you thousands of episodes of legal anime that you can watch here on Anime-Planet!

    Before we sum it up in our own words, here's the official press release (news postings to follow shortly on Crunchyroll and other sites):

    ANIME-PLANET.COM PARTNERS WITH CRUNCHYROLL TO PROVIDE IN-DEPTH VIDEO INTEGRATION

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SEATTLEAnime-Planet, the world’s most reputable recommendation database for anime and manga that serves 500,000 users a month, now supports in-depth Crunchyroll video integration.

    The site has partnered with Crunchyroll, a leading provider of streaming anime, to allow users to watch Crunchyroll’s thousands of legal streaming videos directly from Anime-Planet. What’s more, members can opt-in to have their Anime-Planet watch lists automatically updated when viewing videos on the site.

    With this partnership, Anime-Planet becomes the first and oldest recommendation resource and social anime community to provide a feature of this type.

    Kim Cameron, CEO and founder of Anime-Planet, said the partnership came about because of a mutual interest with Crunchyroll to make legal streaming anime more available.

    "Anime-Planet's goal is to become a go-to place for industry-supported multimedia content, integrated into our powerful, reputable recommendation database. As Crunchyroll is an industry leader in bringing anime to the masses, and as Anime-Planet shares Crunchyroll’s desire to give fans an easy way to find new anime via the recommendation database, it was a perfect fit for partnership,” she said.

    Ms. Cameron hinted that this feature is only the first step in a larger effort to integrate Anime-Planet with anime’s industry leaders, making it easier for users to watch, review, and organize their anime lists from a single, unified source.

    ABOUT ANIME-PLANET

    Anime-Planet was created in 2001 as the first anime recommendation database, enabling users to easily get and give recommendations for what to watch next. The site also features manga recommendations, personal anime and manga lists of what you’ve seen and read, and hand-written encyclopedia content for anime, manga, characters and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.anime-planet.com.

    ABOUT CRUNCHYROLL

    Crunchyroll is the leading global video service for Japanese Anime and Asian media. Crunchyroll has over 25,000 videos and 12,000 hours of Anime, Korean Drama and Live-Action titles on Crunchyroll.com and Crunchyroll-powered platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, TV set-top boxes, Playstation®3, Playstation®4, Xbox LIVE, and other devices. For more information, visit http://www.crunchyroll.com.

    Feature highlights

    WATCH VIDEOS DIRECTLY FROM ANIME ENTRIES:
    Including videos for more obscure titles we split up separately, such as the Saki specials

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    OPT IN TO 'AUTO UPDATE'
    and we'll update your anime list for you when you watch a video on Anime-Planet. When you watch the last episode of a series, your status will change to 'watched', as well!

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    WATCH ANIME DIRECTLY FROM THE RECOMMENDATIONS
    and filter the recommendations to only show you titles with videos

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    FILTER ANIME BY VIDEOS
    (with easy 'browse all videos' button on the homepage)
    coming soon: a 'videos' homepage for easier browsing and access

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    AUTO SHARE VIDEO UPDATES
    Once you've linked your twitter or facebook accounts in your profile, you'll see a new option to auto share when you watch videos on the site. This is an opt-in feature.


    Q&A

    Is it free?
    Most content on Crunchyroll is free for anyone to watch - you can also become a premium member to get quicker access to brand new episodes, get HD, and support the industry at the same time. Like on the CR site, content that's premium-only has the tiny crown overlay on the thumbnails.

    How about region locking?
    Videos on Anime-Planet follow Crunchyroll's region locking parameters, so if you're able to watch it on CR, you're able to watch it on AP. We don't currently hide videos if you're in the wrong region, but plan to add that functionality shortly.

    Can I link my Anime-Planet account with my Crunchyroll account?
    Currently no - Crunchyroll doesn't provide a way for us to partner that deeply yet, but as we move forward we're looking into ways that we can provide an even better level of integration.

    When does my list auto-update when I watch a video?
    When the video loads, your list updates. We can't scan for how far into the file you are due to limitations, but hope to have better capabilities to work with this in the future. If you watch the last episode of a series, your status will change to 'watched'. we're working on letting you opt-in to auto change your status to 'watched' upon updating to the last episode from your normal anime list, as well

    What are the auto updating caveats?
    • We'll never change your status from 'watched' back to 'watching'. You'll need to go manually change your status to something else if you want us to increment your episode count when watching videos.
    • If you don't have the series in your list yet, or have it in your list as any status other than 'watched' or 'watching', we'll first change your status to 'watching'.
    • We'll never subtract episodes from your list - only add. For example, if you watch Naruto episodes 1-10 on Anime-Planet and then go back and watch episode 4 again, you'll see a feed update that you watched episode 4 on Anime-Planet, but your episode count will not go back to 4; it will stay at 10.

    This is a V1 feature and we're always up for hearing feedback about how to improve it.

    How do videos show up in my feed?
    Any time you watch a video, you'll see a new update in your feed. If you've turned on auto update, you won't see separate status updates when you watch a video. So if you watch Naruto episode 1, you'll see one feed update for 'watching Naruto episode 1 on Anime-Planet', and will NOT see a duplicated 'Watching Naruto at 1/x episodes' feed update.

    I love this feature! How can I show my support for Anime-Planet?
    The #1 thing you can do is to help spread the word about videos on Anime-Planet to everyone you know - whether on your anime blog, your website, on twitter/facebook, or just to your friends who love anime! Even if you know people who love anime and don't currently use the site, we'd love if you could tell others what you love about the video feature so they'll come try it out too.

    Additionally, if you've always wanted to donate to the site but haven't had a way, and if you've been on the fence about getting a Crunchyroll premium membership in the past (or have a dusty, expired account), PLEASE CONSIDER GOING PREMIUM! By signing up for a free trial and then becoming premium through any of our Crunchyroll links on Anime-Planet, you're not only directly supporting the industry, you're helping Anime-Planet stay afloat as well by being able to cover the pricy server costs and other expenses it takes to keep a site like this running.

    Kudos

    This feature was a long labor of love that took months and months to create and get running in a very automated fashion behind the scenes. Most people are surprised to discover that Anime-Planet, a site that serves half a million users a month, isn't run by a team of people - it has one founder/developer (me), and one volunteer developer, and that's it. We're anime fans just like you, not a faceless corporation :)

    The CR integration was built by a total of three people: kenaniah, our occasional consultant, helped with the initial schema design. me, your fearless leader doing a ton of random stuff and code. And most of all, Xesxen, my right-hand man in the coding realm who did a TON of the functionality for this feature and spent a lot of late nights up with me working to get this to you as quickly as possible. Xesxen volunteers his time to help make Anime-Planet awesome, and I'm sure he'd appreciate any profile comments about the job he did :)

    What's next?

    As the press release hints at, we have some really exciting stuff coming up in the future. We originally planned to hold some of it back until the big redesign was done, but as that's still some months away, we'll likely have another big announcement to make shortly. Stay tuned, and thanks as always for your support of A-P!
     
  2. DokiDusty

    DokiDusty Guest

    Posted by DokiDusty on Feb 27, 2014
    #2
    This looks like an awesome addition to the site. Its really nice to see the site constantly evolving and I look forward to more new features in the future, great work. :love:
     
  3. Crimm

    Crimm Administrator

    Posted by Crimm on Feb 27, 2014
    #3
    Great news!
     
  4. Bababooeee

    Bababooeee Guest

    Posted by Bababooeee on Feb 27, 2014
    #4
    Sounds awesome!
     
  5. Naga

    Naga HOMO FABER

    Posted by Naga on Feb 27, 2014
    #5
    Great update. Well played, A-P team! :drinking:
     
  6. Bradalee

    Bradalee Well-Known Member

    Posted by Bradalee on Feb 27, 2014
    #6
    Really awesome update, it should hopefully bring some new people to the site and forum!
     
  7. CommanderKarasu

    CommanderKarasu Cat Doughnut

    Hurray for a shiny new feature! I'm glad to finally see it in action. Good job, everyone!
     
  8. liamb1996

    liamb1996 New Member

    Posted by liamb1996 on Feb 27, 2014
    #8
    Ah, nice one!
    I do need to grab myself CR premium soon, but i really like this new partnership!
     
  9. MrTripStack

    MrTripStack New Member

    Posted by MrTripStack on Feb 27, 2014
    #9
    I had no idea this was happening, but it's still a really nice addition to the site. Good work. :smile:
     
  10. Mitta

    Mitta New Member

    Posted by Mitta on Feb 27, 2014
    #10
    This seems like a really useful update! However, most videos I tried to watch so far are only 2 minutes long... I guess that's because of the region locking? Still, I really like this new feature! :D
     
  11. sothis

    sothis Overlord Staff Member

    Posted by sothis on Feb 27, 2014
    #11
    Those are the premium-only ones - in the thumbnail lists, you'll see a little crown on top of them. Most of CR's videos are full length and we hope that they will add some functionality so we can tell if a user is premium or not, in the near future. That way, we can put up an overlay on the 2 minute clip videos (like they do on their site)
     
  12. Mitta

    Mitta New Member

    Posted by Mitta on Feb 27, 2014
    #12
    Ah okay, thanks for your answer! However, there are many anime without the crown, which are still only 2 minutes? For example Sword Art Online, Magi and Hunter x Hunter (2011)...
     
  13. Madoka

    Madoka New Member

    Posted by Madoka on Feb 27, 2014
    #13
    Nice new feature AP!
    Seems the site continues to grow and evolve, also i think this will increase more so the traffic coming by the site here, as stated it's undeniable crunchyroll is the worlds top streaming site for fans so partnering up as the best recommendation database site will sure increase numbers as well.
    I really hope this partnership works out real well for both parties :)

    Very nicely done!
     
  14. sothis

    sothis Overlord Staff Member

    Posted by sothis on Feb 27, 2014
    #14
    That's a good point - I was only looking at it from the perspective of USA regioning (because that's where my IP is). It could be that certain countries have more 'premium-only' videos.

    We hope to solve the confusion, at least, in the future by having an overlay :)
     
  15. Nottzyguy

    Nottzyguy New Member

    Posted by Nottzyguy on Feb 27, 2014
    #15
    Very interesting feature indeed.

    What's the default quality of the videos, and is there any way to change on the site?
    Also, I live in Denmark, Europe, and HxH among others are indeed premium only over here - Just to verify :)

    Rock on! Love this site.
     
  16. Granator

    Granator Guest

    Posted by Granator on Feb 27, 2014
    #16
    This site just keeps getting better and better <3
     
  17. Sianeka

    Sianeka Active Member

    Posted by Sianeka on Feb 27, 2014
    #17
    A-P Scores!! For the Win!!!

    New feature rollout does not disappoint!

    This is HUGE!!! Ability to see anime on the site directly? Huge! Awesome! Definitely will bring in more traffic!!!!! -AND- partnered with Crunchyroll, a well known and respected brand. Too cool, eh? Nice job!

     
  18. sothis

    sothis Overlord Staff Member

    Posted by sothis on Feb 27, 2014
    #18
    We don't have the ability to choose a resolution (CR doesn't expose that) - if you're premium or otherwise should see HD, you'll see HD. Otherwise it's the normal resolution they give for free users
     
  19. sothis

    sothis Overlord Staff Member

    Posted by sothis on Feb 27, 2014
    #19
    I'm curious, for those of you in other countries who are running into the 2 min clips, do you see the crown image on the thumbnails?
     
  20. AnarchicQ

    AnarchicQ Member

    Posted by AnarchicQ on Feb 27, 2014
    #20
    I said it on Facebook but THIS IS AMAZING! COGRATS ANIME-PLANET! I am so proud of you!

    EDIT: Here in Canada I saw no crowns on the Sword Art Online videos but could also watch more than 2 minutes on the one video I clicked.

    EDIT II: I saw no crowns on Another, but I saw one crown on the most recent episode of Shippuden, and it only allowed 2minutes, but the episode before allowed over 2 minutes.
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2014

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