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Posted 12/8/11

tfan1210 wrote:

I just launched CR on my kindle fire, I notice the quality is not HD...why is that?

They are no doubt using the same video encodes as the regular android app, which is primarily targeted at phones, not tablets.

Also, keep in mind 720p is 1280x720, while the Kindle Fire screen is only 1024x600. There really isn't a lot of incentive for them to provide a 720p stream for a device that would just downscale it by 20%.

Even if the Kindle Fire had a screen capable of displaying full 720p, I wouldn't expect HD content soon. They have had their Roku app out for about a year now, and the last I checked, there is still no 720p content for Roku owners, despite the fact that all Roku units are capable of it.

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tfan1210 wrote: I just launched CR on my kindle fire, I notice the quality is not HD...why is that?

They are no doubt using the same video encodes as the regular android app, which is primarily targeted at phones, not tablets.

Also, keep in mind 720p is 1280x720, while the Kindle Fire screen is only 1024x600. There really isn't a lot of incentive for them to provide a 720p stream for a device that would just downscale it by 20%.

People who have used the Nook Tablet remark on the sharp display of HD content ... it turns out that 720p downscaled 20% is sharper than 480p upscaled 25%. However, while they have similar processor grunt, the Nook Tablet has twice the RAM as the Kindle Fire, so the Kindle Fire is more likely to bog down with an HD stream ... which would discourage them from supporting 720p at the app level.

Someone with a Nook Tablet and a Kindle Fire might try to just browse directly to the main Crunchyroll website and check out the different stream resolutions side by side to see what happens ... myself, I took advantage of the introduction of the Nook Tablet to pick up a reurbished Nook Color that was cheaper than either of them, so that someone would not be me.

AFAICR, the Android app streams would be even more noticeable than that, since they'd be 360p, and so they'd be upscaled 67%.
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Cool, can we get CR on PS3 now?
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Garylisk wrote: Cool, can we get CR on PS3 now?
This app is simply taking the general Android app and making sure it works on the Kindle Fire ~ the basic foundation will be the same, but there might be some differences around the edges, like registry settings.

A PS3 or Xbox360 app that supports 720p is a much bigger programming task. And even if they are working on one or the other, if its covered by a Non-Disclosure Agreement, they wouldn't be in a position to say so.

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Garylisk wrote: Cool, can we get CR on PS3 now?
This app is simply taking the general Android app and making sure it works on the Kindle Fire ~ the basic foundation will be the same, but there might be some differences around the edges, like registry settings.

A PS3 or Xbox360 app that supports 720p is a much bigger programming task. And even if they are working on one or the other, if its covered by a Non-Disclosure Agreement, they wouldn't be in a position to say so.



Constant pressure, that's all. Have to make sure the features you want are in constant demand. Already a billion people asking for it? Ask for it anyway, you are the billion + one.
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Personally, I don't know if an Xbox 360 version would be possible, since MS is likely going to want it to require their Xbox Live "Gold" membership (like they do for their Netflix and Hulu Plus apps). Anyway, I've used the android for my Kindle Fire, and I'm not really sure you can choose which stream quality you want to watch in. OTOH, I would like to see their Roku app updated to support 720p...
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OTOH, I would like to see their Roku app updated to support 720p...

My understanding is the app itself would support 720p with no problem...if it was provided with a 720p encode.

As I recall, it was originally mentioned that 720p encodes for the Roku should begin in February (2011), but that didn't happen, and I have not seen any commitment as to when it will happen.

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would it be possible to get this on the barns/noble app market for a nook? not sure how complicated it would be but it looks like a matter of just getting permission from b&n
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TheAncientOne wrote:


tfan1210 wrote:

I just launched CR on my kindle fire, I notice the quality is not HD...why is that?

They are no doubt using the same video encodes as the regular android app, which is primarily targeted at phones, not tablets.

Also, keep in mind 720p is 1280x720, while the Kindle Fire screen is only 1024x600. There really isn't a lot of incentive for them to provide a 720p stream for a device that would just downscale it by 20%.

Even if the Kindle Fire had a screen capable of displaying full 720p, I wouldn't expect HD content soon. They have had their Roku app out for about a year now, and the last I checked, there is still no 720p content for Roku owners, despite the fact that all Roku units are capable of it.



Your still going to get a noticeable increase in quality from the higher resolution over 480p which would need to be stretched out on the 1024x600 resolution screen and bitrate increase regardless I really hope they don't go limiting the stream quality by the devices native resolution that would be a horrible feature.
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This is great news. Now hopefully the Nook tablet is next
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Yeah, I really want a kindle fire and I'm going to try and get one soon so this app will be nice.
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Thank you! Thank You! Now I can watch my anime at work on lunch!
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I saw that the most recent update of the Android app added my most-wanted feature - the queue! However it doesn't seem that this version is on the Amazon store yet - I really want it for my Fire, pretty please?

EDIT: I cheated and used ES File Explorer to backup the Android market version from my phone and install on my Fire - had to uninstall the Amazon market version first, but it worked, so now I have the queue on my Fire - it's very nice vs. trying to remember where I left off.
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Posted 2/11/12

TheAncientOne wrote:

As I recall, it was originally mentioned that 720p encodes for the Roku should begin in February (2011), but that didn't happen, and I have not seen any commitment as to when it will happen.



February 2012 and counting However 480p on the Roku looks pretty good on my TV (which is a 40" 1080p). It doesn't seem the the Android app on my Fire is getting a 480p stream (though I may be wrong). I'm comparing to anime I've watched on Netflix and videos I've encoded myself and both are much sharper.
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