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Crunchyroll Android App Video Quality Issue
The Wise Wizard
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Posted 10/24/11 , edited 10/24/11

-Chris311- wrote:
It's not that CR is being lazy and don't want to offer higher quality videos, it's because since all Android phones and most Android tablets don't support DRM protected streaming, CR can't offer high quality videos because DRM is a requirement of the content providers for streaming high quality videos.

Either NicoNico.com didn't get the memo, or got a waiver, as their 720p videos currently have no protection. (EDIT: They apparently fixed that today, with the posts of episodes of their next 3 series).

That surprised me, as if even the content providers in Japan found that acceptable, I would not have thought Funimation would have.

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And I noticed that some episodes seem to be "ripped" as in like they're 22 minutes here (using the computer) and sometimes like only 11 minutes in my android phone lol?
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Is the quality still an issue?

I've been thinking of getting a Transformer Prime, for various reasons, but a large part would be to watch anime on it. If the quality is still poor, I probably won't do it.

I *can't* watch crunchyroll on my computer, since it doesn't work well on Linux at all. I'm not going to start paying a subscription without being able to watch at all, though.
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Posted 2/6/12

Baughn wrote:

Is the quality still an issue?

I've been thinking of getting a Transformer Prime, for various reasons, but a large part would be to watch anime on it. If the quality is still poor, I probably won't do it.

I *can't* watch crunchyroll on my computer, since it doesn't work well on Linux at all. I'm not going to start paying a subscription without being able to watch at all, though.


No, pretty much things haven't changed all that much....
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Posted 2/6/12 , edited 2/6/12

-Chris311- wrote:

It's a DRM issue. Froyo and Gongerbread don't support DRM media. Honeycomb supports it but not all Tablets are running Honeycomb. BazouKazuma has said they are working on updating the app for Homeycomb support which should allow for higher quality videos on tablets running Honeycomb.

Yes, the Kindle Fire is a forked Gingerbread. The Nook Color was initially Eclair, then Froyo, and has now joined its big brother the Nook Tablet as Gingerbread.

And the Kindle Fire in particular is showing up as a big chunk of Android device market share.


Also, once phones start running Ice Cream Sandwich CR can update their app with higher quality videos as Ice Cream Sandwich has DRM support.

I'd not be surprised if the 7" media tablets (as opposed to tablet PCs) move to Ice Cream Sandwich next, which according to this would resolve the issue for me. Not that its a big issue with me ~ I rooted my NC precisely because I experienced the Crunchyroll app using a side-loading CM7 build and was happy with the way the app plays anime on my NC. If 420p was available and ran smoothly on my NC, I'll use it, but otherwise I'll keep the 420p for the monster 10" display of my netbook.
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