Re: Crunchyroll Hits 100,000 Paying Subscribers
Seems a bit dumb to compare CR subs to DVD/BD sales. They're profoundly different products at different stages of a show's life cycle and the latter is consumed by only by a tiny subset of the former's. Presumably it'd make more sense to compare them to domestic Japanese broadcast revenues, but even that is a less than useful comparison. Aren't most late night anime paying to get on TV (or as the station's cut of the production committee stake, or whatever)? At least with CR there's a small minimum guarantee rather than a "necessary evil" cost of doing business and promoting a show for merch and BD sales.
I wonder if shows streaming on Niconico (in Japan) work the same way? I'd assume so. They have a paying subscriber system and such too. I'm sure most production committees would love to do online streaming instead of traditional TV -- if it actually resulted in as much exposure, which surely it doesn't, at least in Japan. I'm not particularly eager for them to switch either, because that likely means the video quality of anything not on CR would probably be atrocious (hello Ebiten).
So the value of CR for licensors is not in how it compared to buying an R1 and sure as hell not to buying an R2, but to how it just makes something on what was, until CR, making nothing.