Great Idea For Chrunchyroll
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I was browsing through The Netflix ques earlier today and as always was happy to see they are adding more anime, but saddened at the still limited selection. Then I thought to myself what if Crunchyroll was available on my Xbox, sadly enough as I looked into the Crunchyroll ready devices, no Xbox support. Customers such as myself would love to see a Crunchyroll app on Microsoft's "Xbox 360", its not a necessity but an ease and quality of access. While this website is amazing there is just something more about using a controller (or now voice and body motion with Kinect) to control videos. Moreover watching anime is much more enjoyable on a 32" LCD HD TV, rather than on a 19" monitor. This would also work well on other consoles, such as Sony's Playstation 3, and Nintendo's Wii. I have suggested the idea to quite a few other players on Microsofts Xbox Live, and they all agree Chrunchyroll would be an amazing addition to the Xbox Video apps. Some players I spoke with had mentioned canceling chrunchyroll subscriptions to pay for the use of other apps such as Hulu, Zune, and Netflix for their anime/drama needs.

Any response on the idea would be great. Even a "hey sorry cant happen" or "great idea, we will look into it".



P.S. As always thank you for all the great anime you provide us with.
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Thanks for the suggestion!
It's a pretty common one.

We do have a Suggestions Thread as well as a 'What device do you want CR on?' thread.
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*winks* haha

Anyway this isn't a "great idea" while it is, it is a highly requested one, so it isn't like you're the first one to request it.

Also Crunchyroll is a very small company, I'm glad we have it on android,iphone,roku,google tv,etc. PS3,Wii and Xbox 360 are hard to get into, cause you need to be a huge company for it, cause you can't just submit an app, you need to talk with them personally to have your app on PS3.
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Hot tip while you're waiting; Most TV's support that you connect your computer to it
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Wolham wrote:

Hot tip while you're waiting; Most TV's support that you connect your computer to it ;)

True, but most computers don't come with a remote control.

Not everyone wants to set with the notebook setting on their lap, or get up ever time they want or need to pause the video. Likewise, those with a desktop may not want to haul it into the room with the HDTV every time they want to watch anime, or have a wireless mouse & keyboard.

The "just connect your TV to your HDTV" solution simply isn't that practical for many people.


I'm one of the lucky ones. I have a computer dedicated to my HDTV, and I also have a Roku. The only reason I still use the computer for watching most anime on CR is because CR still doesn't do 720p encodes for the Roku. Otherwise, just as with Netflix, I would always be watching CR on the Roku, as it is simply more convenient (and as a bonus, also uses a fraction of the electrical power).

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That is the very reason for that I said "while you're waiting". It is a lesser solution, but works as a temporary workaround.

That reminds me, I know you can connect xbox controller to your computer, but is it possible to use the controllers for pausing/playing videos? If that is the case, it'd certainly be interesting.

Furthermore, I recall that there are apps for Android and Apple products which allows one to use them as a remote for your computer for specific programs/activities. I don't know if they're operated through bluetooth or internet or whatever, but if it's not too complex to do, wouldn't that be an interesting feature to either have as a separate app or include in the existing crunchyroll app?

By the way, I allowed myself to correct something I assumed was a mixup in your post >;)
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Wolham wrote:
That is the very reason for that I said "while you're waiting". It is a lesser solution, but works as a temporary workaround.

That reminds me, I know you can connect xbox controller to your computer, but is it possible to use the controllers for pausing/playing videos? If that is the case, it'd certainly be interesting.

Furthermore, I recall that there are apps for Android and Apple products which allows one to use them as a remote for your computer for specific programs/activities. I don't know if they're operated through bluetooth or internet or whatever, but if it's not too complex to do, wouldn't that be an interesting feature to either have as a separate app or include in the existing crunchyroll app?

By the way, I allowed myself to correct something I assumed was a mixup in your post >;)

Assuming Windows would map the XBOX controller to media controls by default, those still wouldn't work for a Flash player on a website, unless it was coded to recognize those inputs. CR's player, for example, doesn't even recognize the space bar to pause/play video, which is supported in some players.

In fact, I am unaware of any keyboard controls CR's Flash player responds to, other than the "Esc" key shortcut to exit fullscreen (a function built into Flash itself). That same problem would also carry over to any phone or tablet remote control app, as it appears the only way to control functions on CR's player require clicking on the screen with a mouse (although there are certainly apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a trackpad for your PC).

Those remote control apps for the PC typically work over WiFi. Most every home with internet nowadays has a wireless router, and even if the computer is connected via Ethernet, it is still on the same network.

Basically, making connecting one's PC to their HDTV could be made a bit more convenient if CR would re-code their Flash Player to support some rudimentary keyboard shortcuts.


Thanks for the correction in the quote. I did indeed mean "PC" there instead of "TV". I've edited my original message to correct it.

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TheAncientOne wrote:
Assuming Windows would map the XBOX controller to media controls by default, those still wouldn't work for a Flash player on a website, unless it was coded to recognize those inputs. CR's player, for example, doesn't even recognize the space bar to pause/play video, which is supported in some players.

In fact, I am unaware of any keyboard controls CR's Flash player responds to, other than the "Esc" key shortcut to exit fullscreen (a function built into Flash itself). That same problem would also carry over to any phone or tablet remote control app, as it appears the only way to control functions on CR's player require clicking on the screen with a mouse (although there are certainly apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a trackpad for your PC).

Those remote control apps for the PC typically work over WiFi. Most every home with internet nowadays has a wireless router, and even if the computer is connected via Ethernet, it is still on the same network.

Basically, making connecting one's PC to their HDTV could be made a bit more convenient if CR would re-code their Flash Player to support some rudimentary keyboard shortcuts.


Thanks for the correction in the quote. I did indeed mean "PC" there instead of "TV". I've edited my original message to correct it.



Actually, I've managed to pause/play my CR player using space... And that's on my school computer which is unmodified by all means and even uses Internet Explorer... :P

But yeah, that's what I'm saying; CR could develop an app together with a modification of their player which would thus allow the capability of controlling ones PC CR player with your android/apple unit. If they could do that, I think it'd be not only very convenient and useful, but also very appreciated by many.
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Wolham wrote:
Actually, I've managed to pause/play my CR player using space... And that's on my school computer which is unmodified by all means and even uses Internet Explorer... :P

I tested it before posting to confirm I was correct, but forgot to put the player in fullscreen mode.

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Long and short is that there are keyboard shortcuts.
I don't know all of them off the top of my head but they are listed in the Help/FAQ section.
(http://www.crunchyroll.com/help?topic=player - all the way at the bottom)

That said, I have -no- idea at all if they could be mapped to a controller / how much of a pain in the ass it would be.

It's certainly an interesting idea and I'll toss it at the devs!

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Wolham wrote:
That reminds me, I know you can connect xbox controller to your computer, but is it possible to use the controllers for pausing/playing videos? If that is the case, it'd certainly be interesting.

One way to do it would be with a powerful free program called AutoHotkey. This was the same program that allowed me to fully utilize my beloved Microsoft Office Keyboard under Windows 7 (Microsoft dropped support after XP).

I suspect it could also work with controllers hooked to a PC, and this thread confirms it.

Like most powerful programs, AutoHotkey isn't for your average user, but it does have one important feature:

Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

Basically, someone could create a AHK script that maps the buttons on an XBOX 360 controller to the keyboard shortcuts for the player, and support mouse functions, and then create a standalone program from that.

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