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Feed from the Crunchyroll panel at Otakon 2008. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
Note: Feed is unedited.

13:05:57 <bay|Ota|CR> im going to talk about what we've been doing and where we're going tor try and go
13:06:03 <bay|Ota|CR> community is now at 4.3 million visitors worldwide..
13:06:38 <bay|Ota|CR> new content partnerships with gonzo, dle, speed racer, think, fireworks int, t.o. ent, udon...
13:06:39 <bay|Ota|CR> a whole bunch of new user experience tweaks and features every week..
13:06:55 <bay|Ota|CR> you guys are very vocal... please let us know if you have any comments
13:06:56 <bay|Ota|CR> announcements
13:07:03 <bay|Ota|CR> this is slightly geared toward industry stuff
13:07:14 <bay|Ota|CR> this is people with the new want to write about
13:07:25 <bay|Ota|CR> T.O Entertainment: Eggman streaming worldwide in fall 2008
13:08:07 <bay|Ota|CR> CG animated feature based on award-winning Monologues of universal transverse mercator novel
13:08:07 <bay|Ota|CR> Providing 6 titles for online north american distribution
13:08:22 <bay|Ota|CR> Media blaasters.. girls high, ramen fighter miki, kite liberator, flesh for the best, shadow: dead riot, machine girl...
13:08:29 <bay|Ota|CR> offering a mix of streaming, subscription and dto
13:12:30 <bay|Ota> ADV.. providing 12 titles for online north american distirbution
13:12:33 <bay|Ota> angelic layer, bast, ebest student council, chance pop session, alady death, magical play, martician successor nadesicao, prince of darkness, nurse witch komugi, parasite dolls, saiyuki sin, yesterday...
13:12:44 <bay|Ota> offering streaming, subscription, DTO
13:12:44 <bay|Ota> opening another channel of monitzation
13:12:48 <bay|Ota> soon they will have branded merchandising....
13:12:55 <bay|Ota> they relaunched the manga session with content fro udon
13:13:00 <bay|Ota> relaunched with new-flash reader
13:13:11 <bay|Ota> more new series to come.. next friday will be the first issue they think
13:13:42 <bay|Ota> upcoming features
13:13:47 <bay|Ota> community subtitler
13:14:03 <bay|Ota> community approach to translation and timing... attribution and credit to users...
13:14:29 <bay|Ota> they are trying to make it so people can do the timing in the flahs player... you could already upload the sub files previously
13:14:59 <bay|Ota> they want it so that the other languages can jump off of previous languages
13:15:05 <bay|Ota> j->e->other
13:15:54 <bay|Ota> for translating into less common languages... it doesn't make sense for the companies to try and distribute in those...
13:16:07 <bay|Ota> also trying to make sure the translations get attributed back to the creator
13:17:10 <bay|Ota> subscription streaming: monthly subsciption... higher quality streaming, no ads, earlier access.. revenue will be shared with content holders
13:17:18 <bay|Ota> we have a few with gonzo, we are working on getting more
13:17:35 <bay|Ota> so... this ended up being al ot shorter... so questions...
13:18:05 <bay|Ota> questions:
13:18:11 <bay|Ota> q: megaman comics as part of udon?
13:18:18 <bay|Ota> a: can't say anything, but we will make announcements
13:18:23 <bay|Ota> q: bringing naruto or bleach back
13:18:27 <bay|Ota> a: can't discuss...
13:19:04 <bay|Ota> q: what kind of numbers are you getting on customers?
13:19:28 <bay|Ota> a: can't really release it.. but i can say that... its substational enough that they are happy with it on the Japan side
13:19:38 <bay|Ota> q: did you expect crunchyroll to grow this big
13:20:08 <bay|Ota> a: no idea... it was never expected...
13:20:23 <bay|Ota> we had a community approach which youtube didn't had...
13:20:29 <bay|Ota> we don't really care what youtube does at the end of the day...
13:20:47 <bay|Ota> its a vertical for anime and asian drama... while youtube is a horizontal.. they try to cover all content
13:21:17 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: any chance of hong kong sitcoms?
13:21:25 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: can't talk about details... a lot of the content is done by users...
13:21:32 <bay|Ota|CRoll> we just give them the platform
13:21:57 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: as we get these companies to join and help the cause, is it possible to see a future with larger companies?
13:22:34 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: yes, definitely, ... the angle we are taking... we are approaching companies and saying 'hey, there are users who want to view your content'... we are just being the vehicle for it.. the industry is not really embracing digital
13:22:38 <bay|Ota|CRoll> there are 4 million people on our site and you can make money off that
13:22:44 <bay|Ota|CRoll> we are just tryig to be a voice for the 4 million people
13:23:02 <bay|Ota|CRoll> i think in time, there will definitely be a path
13:23:27 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: any plans to remove copyrighted content that belongs to anime companies that you don't have a partnership..
13:23:38 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: we always respect takedown requests and the dmca
13:23:49 <bay|Ota|CRoll> the dmca is not going to be the end all law.. but the technology is evolving faster than the law..
13:23:54 <bay|Ota|CRoll> at the end of the day, i can't talk about how we are pushing things
13:24:06 <bay|Ota|CRoll> but we always take things down no matter how much people complain about
13:24:10 <bay|Ota|CRoll> because of that, we are able to get more parternships
13:24:17 <bay|Ota|CRoll> which we hope will be beneficials
13:24:29 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: how do you know when anime gets licensed, does someone contact you?
13:24:29 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: yes...
13:24:35 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: will you give us warnings because people get mad?
13:24:51 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: we understand, but its a balance, but when peopel contact you, they don't give you notice...
13:25:05 <bay|Ota|CRoll> i wish we could figure out some system... buts its not how things operate over there..
13:25:22 <bay|Ota|CRoll> we're transitioning away from user uploaded content to ip model
13:25:51 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: on the subtitle model... any plans to pull money from the revenue stream for those who did the work (??)
13:26:28 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: we want to figure out a way to do attribution.. the easiest way is non-monetary... we would love to share revenue, but we are doing it one step at a time
13:26:44 <bay|Ota|CRoll> (btw, its vu up on the panel)
13:26:51 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: with the subtitling.. to google or youtube?
13:27:29 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: if you guys are familiar with nico... youtube just incorporated those.. well not quite.. well.. they probably will.. but the thing they don't have is a communitee of passionate users... (missing parts)
13:27:42 <bay|Ota|CRoll> if it takes off... we definitely will
13:28:06 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: recently you got a bunch of capital funding... how did that get started? who approached who?
13:28:08 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: they approached us...
13:28:21 <bay|Ota|CRoll> plans of the future.. i can't really say.. it makes us healthier...
13:28:54 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: any hints of future deals?
13:29:00 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: can't talk about this stuff... NDAs and such
13:29:37 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: any threats from companies?
13:30:13 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: tbh.. the industry isn't in great shape... its become a bit more hostile.. not just to us.. but there is a lot of things the industry views with a lot of disdain.. but i can't say we recived any threats...
13:30:21 <bay|Ota|CRoll> we have had a lot more productive conversations than people realize...
13:30:34 <bay|Ota|CRoll> it took us a little while to figure out what we were doing
13:30:48 <bay|Ota|CRoll> you can either try and do something and shape the industry which is sort of what we are doing....
13:30:56 <bay|Ota|CRoll> since it caught us completely off guard...
13:31:12 <bay|Ota|CRoll> japan doesn't like being a mover.. they don't like to test the model... they don't really know much about what to do with digital
13:31:40 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: adding adult content to your service?
13:32:03 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: no... we're trying to stay away... there are some young people onn the site.. we don't want to be that kind of site
13:32:23 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: as the company progresses, businesses setting up merchandising corners?
13:32:28 <bay|Ota|CRoll> like anime fans who are good at tailoring...
13:32:32 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: absolutely.. working on it
13:33:02 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: dubs with any other companies?
13:33:18 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: adv did the dub but.. yea... dubbing is very expensive... baby steps and all
13:33:30 <bay|Ota|CRoll> right now, where we're at, we can't recoup those costs, but maybe in the future
13:33:53 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: is it possible for the people to subtitle the anime.. to actually progress for those subtitles to be putting on dvds that are subtitled in america?
13:34:05 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: part of our vision, that will take some work, but we have had some discussions witht hat and people aren't completely turned off
13:34:22 <bay|Ota|CRoll> the people who create the franchises, they take some of the stuff seriously like translations, they want to look over it
13:34:29 <bay|Ota|CRoll> they take the translations and look at the branding aspects
13:34:38 <bay|Ota|CRoll> and make sure it correctly conveys the story
13:35:02 <bay|Ota|CRoll> we've had discussions about releasing dvds with 5-6 different fan versions of subs.. its rather hypothetical but its a cool concept
13:35:13 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: there is a couple of anime on crunchyroll that isn't subbed...
13:35:17 <bay|Ota|CRoll> can we have a request button?
13:35:20 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: yea, totally..
13:35:24 <bay|Ota|CRoll> i'll take it back to the guys
13:35:47 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: will shinji ever show his face or will he stay behind the curtain
13:35:52 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: can't comment on that
13:36:06 <bay|Ota|CRoll> are you shinji... .no
13:36:24 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: is shinji is actually a code name.. a total persona?
13:36:25 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: no...
13:36:35 <bay|Ota|CRoll> he does get a lot of emails
13:36:38 <bay|Ota|CRoll> it isn't bad
13:36:48 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: is shinji a girl...
13:36:50 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: no comment
13:37:18 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: was your inverview wtih ANN irl or over the phone?
13:37:18 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: phone
13:37:42 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: would you be able to do things like books or magazines.. being fan translated
13:37:57 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: thats a good question.. do you mean manga or magazines? .... (clarified: magazines)
13:38:00 <bay|Ota|CRoll> talked about it....
13:38:07 <bay|Ota|CRoll> its complicated..
13:38:22 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: is the onigiri able to be purchased...
13:38:33 <bay|Ota|CRoll> a: i personally love it.. but its done by a volunteer.. a bunch actually...
13:38:52 <bay|Ota|CRoll> we weren't planning to offer an offline version
13:39:11 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: (not printing that one)
13:39:54 <bay|Ota|CRoll> okay.. if you have questions.. come on up...
13:39:55 <bay|Ota|CRoll> last question now...
13:40:20 <bay|Ota|CRoll> q: something about flyers.... didn't catch it
13:40:24 <bay|Ota|CRoll> end panel
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