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Posted 1/14/12

Allen750 wrote:

Seems a little choppy to me.

On my my gaming rig and my 2011 Air.

I've got fiber optic too...

I guess I'll continue to use 720p for now.

I tried Moretsu Pirates in 1080p as a test. I had a couple of brief (~1 second) pauses before the OP, and one at the beginning of the OP, but no noticeable problems after that. I stopped at the eyecatch (about 10 minutes in) because 1080p is something of a waste on my 720p HDTV.

Keep in mind this was on a "mere" 5mbps DSL connection.

That said, I've often seen people with higher speed connections having problems with various things I don't, so speed isn't everything. For example, you could have a 1gbps connection to the internet, but if their is a crappy router between you and the source you are connected to, you're still going to suffer.


The hardware, however, is a tri-core 3.0 GHz AMD Phenom II with a GPU that meets the requirements for hardware acceleration under Flash 10.1 and later.

You may want to check your CPU usage while watching 1080p here. Some people that think their hardware is up to snuff either don't have a GPU that Flash supports for hardware acceleration of decoding, don't have the proper graphics driver to support it (i.e., on my system, the driver had to be a certain version or later), or hardware decoding is turned off (although it should activate automatically if the hardware and driver support it).



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Works for the most part. I hit pause to about 30 seconds at the beginning to minimize pauses. I have 7Mbs service, but from my firewall logs I can see CR uses LimeLight for it's CDN. That appears to resolve to ORD (aka Chicago). Some speed checks show show I get about 5.7Mbs to Chicago. I think I see problems now and then because I'm pulling the data from a pretty good distance and it's subject to quirks.

Picture quality is noticeably better on my 50Inch TV. But don't confuse Internet 1080P with blu-ray 1080p. Just to put a little perspective on this, it's not the same quality of Blu-Ray which is AVC1 @ Up to 30Mbs. Japanese Broadcast HDTV is 8Mbs H.264, and US HDTV is 18Mbs MPEG-2. The CR feed is likely similar to the US MPEG2 feed but maybe not quite as nice as the Japanese HDTV broadcast, and nowhere near Blu-Ray.
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YAttaaaa. One question. Would it be possible to have the crunchyroll app available on samsung smart tvs so i could stream directly from my huge tv 1080p....Ah that'd be great
Posted 1/14/12
Oh lovely! Now I can use my HDMI to watch it on the TV!
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This is a really good idea in so many aspects! Well done CR and keep those Anime coming
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Works for the most part. I hit pause to about 30 seconds at the beginning to minimize pauses. I have 7Mbs service, but from my firewall logs I can see CR uses LimeLight for it's CDN. That appears to resolve to ORD (aka Chicago). Some speed checks show show I get about 5.7Mbs to Chicago. I think I see problems now and then because I'm pulling the data from a pretty good distance and it's subject to quirks.

Picture quality is noticeably better on my 50Inch TV. But don't confuse Internet 1080P with blu-ray 1080p. Just to put a little perspective on this, it's not the same quality of Blu-Ray which is AVC1 @ Up to 30Mbs. Japanese Broadcast HDTV is 8Mbs H.264, and US HDTV is 18Mbs MPEG-2. The CR feed is likely similar to the US MPEG2 feed but maybe not quite as nice as the Japanese HDTV broadcast, and nowhere near Blu-Ray.


Can't say I can notice any significant difference at all when watching crunchyroll 1080p video vs 10bit bluray anime rips(Bakemontogori vs Nisemontogori) maybe comparing frames side by side you can notice but its not anywhere near enough of a difference to notice while actually watching both look sharp and crisp to my eyes while in motion. Super high bitrates for standard 2D anime isn't needed for good image quality.
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if only this didnt also mean extreme lag despite how amazing all those connection test sites say my internet connection is >.> i love the higher res pictures but sometimes cant stream above SD without lag T.T


maybe its my computer..... no wait that other site said that wasnt the issue.

and then theres the fact this can really only apply to newer episodes.. since some older ones dont even have the 720 option even.
YAY anyways!
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A few things one needs to keep in mind to avoid lag
- How is your computer? Is it a old or new one? [THIS DOES affect to some point]
- How big is your RAM? The bigger it is, the more chances this will run smoothly.
- How fast is your Internet? Don't expect or complain if you're not willing to pay for a decent speed
- What is your server? Is it a popular brand one?
- What time of day are you watching it at? If a lot of people are using the internet at once - it does affect overall speed
- What brand is your router? How old is it?
- How much programs are you running in the background?
- How big is your screen, exactly?

Don't start complaining about lag without reflecting back. There are people who have HUGE RAM, processors, ect These are the type of people that begged for 1080. If you don't like it - just sit back and relax. This is not going to harm you. It's just an addition.
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gawd this is amazing cant wait to watch anime in FULL HD!!!!!
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Just watched a new Japanese Drama in 1080p and it looked awesome. I really don't see the difference on Naruto but maybe the studio will make better use of 1080p in the future. As for lag I'm assuming I don't have any. The screen gets a little blurry when they pan the camera around (at least on the J-Drama) but otherwise it's perfect.
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Really? ...

Ah, you know what I mean, Crunchyroll doesn't support HD on any of its device apps or channels other than the web site, so far, but this year they'll be rolling out support on devices that allow it. Of course Roku can support Netflix in HD, that's their bread and butter.


Actually, no worries, I knew what you meant, which is why I addressed both (I had read the earlier Roku thread when they upgraded the app, where it seems you might have a Roku). I'm just really surprised CR doesn't support beyond 480p on them since it seemed like it was slated since last year. It was brought up in that earlier Roku thread too, but I thought that was misinformation. I'm just glad i didn't pick up a Roku last month, since the only reason I would have bought one was to watch CR in 720p.


motytrah wrote:Japanese Broadcast HDTV is 8Mbs H.264, and US HDTV is 18Mbs MPEG-2. The CR feed is likely similar to the US MPEG2 feed but maybe not quite as nice as the Japanese HDTV broadcast, and nowhere near Blu-Ray.


H.264 and mpeg2 are similar in end video equality. H.264 is more efficient than mpeg2, that doesn't mean it looks better. H.264 requires far more cpu and more memory than mpeg2. Blu-Rays can use both.

You're not likely to hit Blu-Ray peak rates with anime. Blu-Ray can look better because it has higher peak rates (known to hit 31 and 40mbit/s respectively but usually for films) than over-the-air broadcasts, but that doesn't mean it's utilized for the show you are watching.

Also, going only by the numbers you gave and the usually given figures that H.264 is 1.5-2x more efficient than mpeg2, US HDTV broadcasts may be better than the Japanese equivalent.
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aPromethean wrote: ... I'm just really surprised CR doesn't support beyond 480p on them since it seemed like it was slated since last year. It was brought up in that earlier Roku thread too, but I thought that was misinformation. I'm just glad i didn't pick up a Roku last month, since the only reason I would have bought one was to watch CR in 720p. ...

Now that the move into 1080p has been revealed, it makes more sense ~ it would be extra work for no substantial benefit to first roll out 720p to the Roku, and then to upgrade the website streaming to 1080p, and then to roll out 1080p to the Roku.

They also had lots of problems early last year with dramas to the Roku over their current CDN, Limelight, so if they are shopping around for a higher Quality of Service CDN, it would make sense to get that decision made and, if they change, the change bedded down before rolling out the next version of their Roku channel. Coping with limitations of their CDN that may go away with a change of CDN would be an investment of work with no long-term payoff.

All in all, it sounds like lots of upgrades coming this year ... and for many of them, rolling out the website 1080p streaming first makes sense.
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^^ *happy*
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THANKS SO MUCH CRUNCHY ROLL!
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