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If you haven’t been following our live-streaming coverage, it’s probably because we’ve been writing about it for years now.
It’s a very big deal: In just a few short weeks, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube will all start rolling out streaming service subscriptions that let you watch all sorts of anime and manga.
And while the industry has been pushing to do just that, there are still plenty of barriers to overcome, including licensing fees, streaming platforms, and licensing fees for content.
We spoke to two industry executives who are passionate about the prospect of streaming anime in the future.
The first, who asked to remain anonymous to protect their jobs, said that there’s a lot of interest in getting anime streamed, but there’s also a lot that needs to be done before we see anything concrete.
“I think it’s inevitable that we’ll see more content released through streaming, but right now there’s still a lot we need to figure out,” the person said.
“There’s no question that the content is pretty high quality and that you can’t afford not to pay for it.”
This person is also the CEO of a major streaming service, Netflix.
They’ve made a ton of progress with their subscription service, but they still need to do some work.
They’re looking for help from other companies to help them launch their streaming service.
They are also looking for support from other media companies to get it off the ground.
It is incredibly difficult to get the licensing agreement for an anime, and there’s only so much that an anime distributor can do to get their product onto a streaming platform.
The other industry source who is passionate about anime, however, has been working on getting anime licensed for the platform.
“This is the kind of stuff we’ve always wanted to do,” the source said.
They have been in contact with various companies that are involved in licensing anime.
They were hoping to be able to get an anime license for their company by early 2021, but the licensing agreements for those licenses haven’t yet been finalized.
“We’re hopeful that we can get some kind of license, but it’s going to be an uphill battle,” the second source said, noting that they are working with companies such as Warner Bros. Television, Hulu and Amazon to get them into a place where they can start streaming anime.
“I’ve been working with Warner Bros.,” the source added.
“They’re very responsive.
They just need to get this done, and they’ll have to do it for the Warner Bros streaming service.”
The second source was more optimistic.
“If this is something that Warner Bros really wants, I can see them jumping on board,” he said.
The problem with streaming anime is that you’re going to have to wait a long time before you get any sort of real content, and the first wave of content that you get will be a bit of an afterthought.
“You’re going be getting the first 10 minutes or so of a movie,” the first source said about the streaming service subscription.
“That’s when you’ll be watching the most popular anime series, like the popular shows like Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, and Cowboy Bebop.”
If you want to stream an anime or manga, you’re essentially going to need to wait for a stream to be available on a streaming service before you can see it.
The second industry source noted that the time frame for anime licensing is still in flux, and that it’s still hard to get a license.
“The most recent anime licensors are still trying to come up with licensing agreements,” the third source said with a sigh.
“Some of them are working hard on their projects, but we can’t really tell if they’re making progress or not.”
The industry source told Recode that it is very possible that anime licensing will be coming to streaming soon, but that it will take a long, long time to get there.
“It will take us a long while before we get a streaming deal for the anime,” the industry source said when asked if there is a timeline that they would like to see for an official streaming agreement.
“For sure, it will probably take at least 10 years for anime to become a reality.”