Yeah, you can set your watch on CR crapping out within moments of DBS going live every Saturday night.Equally, having everything on one service is bad for anime, it reduces competition and effectively lets CR pay whatever they want for titles. As well as reducing incentive for them to improve. (Since the CR/Funi hookup, their servers have crapped out, they tried to cut bitrates, it's hard to deny they aren't trying to use their monopoly to worsen their service.)
As bad as it may be for us, a more competitive Amazon is good for anime as a whole.
What makes it even worse value is that US Crunchyroll subscribers now also get access to Funimation through the new VRV service at no additional cost.I would support Amazon doing this if they took anime seriously enough to do it properly. It's at least better than Animax.
However, £79 per year (plus a premium in the US) is hugely overpriced for what might be one show per season at best a person actually wants to see. All it does is make Crunchyroll seem even better value. I could afford it if I wanted, but I could just spend that £79 on something else - and that's what I'll be doing until they get their act together. If it had worked the way I thought the anime service in the US was going to work, I might seriously have subscribed.
What would be the absolute best for customers would be companies putting their shows on both services and letting the quality of the service compete for viewers, not locking things away as exclusives to benefit distributors and distributors alone.