Why Aren’t More Dubs Available For Streaming?

The industry at large was extremely hesitant about giving away anime online for free. Many companies took years to convince that money could be made by streaming shows online. Funimation enacted a policy where only the first 2-4 episodes of dubbed versions would be put online, to give audiences a taste of the dub before buying. VizMedia often put up only subtitled versions of catalog shows, while Sentai Filmworks generally put up everything. By withholding the dubbed versions from streaming services, it was thought that they could protect sales of discs from any cannibalization: the dub fans, which are generally more plentiful, would still buy the discs, while the subtitle fans would switch to legal streams instead of the fansubs. – Justin Sevakis, Anime News Network http://ift.tt/1pZRQZY