The Anime Industry’s 2nd Phase

Gonzo Studio has become one of the first Japanese animation companies to actively upload new shows online.  According to an article on ANN, Dreamboat's Skeedcast P2P distribution is working in conjunction with G.D.H. (parent company of Gonzo) to spread a few of their shows for a limited one year deal.

You can watch DRM copyrighted SpeedGrapher for roughly $9 US dollars per 30 minute show.  Compare this to a single DVD with four episodes, for a price of $30 US dollars, and its a slightly cheaper deal (the box set is still the better deal, considering you can get them cheap online).

Other companies are jumping on to the bandwagon, such as theanimenetwork.com posting subtitled episodes of Gurren Lagann, AirGear, and Saiyuki online, and Vuze Networks with Neko Rahmen (huh?) and Voltron (zomg!).  You can even download the Veoh Player and download anime that way.  I've toyed with it a few days, and they usually have most of the popular fansubs (with an average d/l time of roughly 20~25 minutes).

Wonder whats gonna happen next if this is a success…

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