Hello fellow Machiners, and Anime fans, on this edition of "Anime Talk" I want to find out how each of you watch Anime? Do you still purchase DVD/Blu-Ray Discs? Do you download (legally I hope) your anime from a service like iTunes, or Amazon instant video? Are you limited to what is on television on channels like the Cartoon Network? or Do you subscribe to a video streaming service like Netflix or Hulu plus ?
When I first got into Anime, I had very limited access to it. I would watch it occasionally at a friend's house who had a goodly sized collection, and on rare occasions when I had some extra cash I'd go to the Mall and purchase a VHS tape of something that really interested me. When I got my first computer I began search the web for ways to watch it, on YouTube or other websites that was streaming it for free, but that process was always hit or miss. First you had to know what you were looking for and it wasn't always available on the web at all!
A couple of years ago I signed up for Netflix just to watch Anime, however with Netflix despite having many great series and movies on it quickly ran out of things I wanted to watch and thus I switched to Hulu Plus which has a much greater selection when it comes to Anime. Recently I discovered a service called ChrunchyRoll that is a video streaming service of Anime and Asian drama series.
Unlimited access to Anime ( and limited access to the drama series which I am not interested in ) on CrunchyRoll costs me $6.99 a month, and Hulu costs me $7.99 a month thus for what I used to pay for a single Anime Tape I have access to hundreds of different series and movies with new titles being added all the time! I find this method of consuming Anime to be the best for me but it might not be the best for you. Tell me below in the comments your viewing method and why you do it the way you do.