Post Reply Is there any information about when CR will get away from Flash?
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Posted 11/15/17 , edited 11/15/17
As I am sure most people know by now, not only is Flash inefficient and outdated for video playback, but it contains vulnerabilities. Most websites that stream video these days have moved away from Flash. Indeed, even VRV, where you can watch Crunchyroll content, streams the content to you using HTML5/direct mp4 playback.

When can we expect Crunchyroll itself to implement direct mp4 playback of its content? I actually love the UI and layout of Crunchyroll, but the experience is not as nice as it could be thanks to the use of Flash.

Thank you for your time, as well as continuing to offer this extraordinary service for anime fans.
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Posted 11/15/17 , edited 11/18/17
Quoting myself from a different post:

Beta versions were announced for both manga and video streaming and had been made available to "Plus" subscribers when they were announced. I couldn't say what state they are in, whether working or broken, as I won't pay the extra to be a guinea pig, because I think that testers should be on the payroll; that way they can be held responsible if bugs get by them. Haven't heard anything much from anyone lately, but last I heard, the video player was broken/incomplete yet; however, people don't usually come here to post if something is working.

Manga webreader: https://twitter.com/crunchyroll/status/703361791477178368
Video Player: https://twitter.com/crunchyroll/status/821548563637223424

They have not yet implemented either one for general use, and they have not made any promises or even hints about when they expect to. You likely won't hear anything else official about it until they announce it in site news when they release it. Or maybe they won't, it will just appear some day.

In the meantime, if you have Windows-10, you could give the UWP app a try. It's not perfect, but at least there's no flash required: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/crunchyroll/9wzdncrfj15t
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17
Thanks for the information! Very interesting that it's been in beta for almost a year. As I mentioned, vrv.co is literally using HTML5 for Crunchyroll content right now.

Thanks for the info on the app. I will probably get that for viewing on my own. However, another reason why I'd love to get away from Flash, among all the obvious ones, is that Flash doesn't work as well within Rabbit (rabb.it, a media group-watch site for friends to watch together). Using vrv is a good workaround (Except for One Piece), but the UI on VRV leaves a lot to be desired (Easy access to next episodes underneath, hover over progress bar pops a timestamp, etc...).

Anyway, HTML5 video is a pretty simple, so here's hoping it comes around sooner rather than later.
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17


17.01.2017

I see development is going well... Sure, this things need to take time but it's almost year and it's still not even in open beta (for all users).
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