Crunchyroll API
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Posted 8/7/10 , edited 8/7/10
Hey

I didnt know exactly were to put this thread, so here we go!

I love Crunchyroll and it is perfect watching it from my pc. But I also have a mediacenter running XBMC, and it could be awesome to have it incorporated in XBMC. But to make this happen we kindda need a API or some sort of dev tool.

You can check this guy out who is trying to implement it:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=77156

But dev. people of Crunchyroll, cant you help him? Make our experience of Anime and Crunchyroll even better, by letting us see our Anime userfriendly from the tv?

Hope you people have suggestions or help, since I really think this is something we need! Or what?
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Posted 8/7/10
Help/support/feedback section
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumcategory-9/helpsupportfeedback/

Wrong section. Your more likely going to get a admin/mod response in this section.
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I don't think we would be able to help since it sounds like that involves decrypting the subtitles, possibly saving the subtitles to the device's cache and then insecurely displaying them through XBMC's subtitle system. The obfuscation was done intentionally to make it hard to rip the subtitles.

So we are only going to be supporting devices/software that allow the video and subtitles tracks to be securely streamed. We might support streaming through DLNA though which should be able to provide access to the videos through XBMC (as well as on the Xbox 360 and PS3) but I'm not really sure since I haven't used XBMC in years.
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Posted 8/8/10
Thanks for the answers Well thats what I figured and it makes sense!
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Interesting. How about a desktop Media Center player? I am thinking of writing something that would play the videos in your Flash player but in full screen. It won't work on the 360 since there is no way to remote flash, but it will work on the desktop. Essentially it would create a new UI for the web site while reusing the existing flash player.

However, to build a compelling experience however I would need some way to access your database of of titles and get the URLs for individual videos. Is it possible to get access to that API? The one the other devices use in order to display your title library? I can't imagine that this information is a secret.


BTW, I have tried to think of a way to stream protected content to the 360 extender, but every scenario I came up with requires you to have a Windows DRM license, which costs 50+k. I could write an on-the-fly DirectShow transcripter filter for that would securely decrypt the subtitles and re-encrypt with PlayReady, but I am guessing that you don't want to spend 50k on a questionable project.

An alternative would be to go the Netflix route and just use Silverlight and a Microsoft back-end, but I suspect that would require a huge infrastructure change for you.
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