Post Reply How large are the video files streamed by CR?
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Posted 1/23/13 , edited 1/23/13
If this has already been asked and answered I apologize, I have searched several times but could not find an answer to this.

What is the average filesize of a single normal (24 minute) episode?

I ask this because I have a Mobile phone data plan which allows me to use up to 500 MB of datatrafic a month.
Between my home and work I spend about 2 hours a day on a train which I usually fill with reading a book, some light browsing on my phone if the train in question has free WiFi, taking a nap or staring out of the window.

I own a beautiful Samsung Galaxy Note Phablet which has a beautifully huge screen to watch stuff on.
The Free WiFi I get on the train is however actively blocking any kind of Video streaming so if I want to spend some time watching anime I will have to revert to my Mobile Dataplan.
If I have an estimate I can figure out how often I can chill out and pick up an episode of something while I ride the train or get delayed somewhere.

Kind regards,

-G.
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Posted 1/23/13
This was what BK said back in august:

Here are filesizes for a standard 24 minute Anime. Actual filesizes will vary by video.

SD: ~90mb
480p: ~150mb
720p: ~350mb
1080p: ~550mb

There is also network overhead which would need to be accounted for.
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Posted 1/23/13 , edited 1/23/13
Thank you for the info.

Guess I have room for up to 3 episodes a month with my current data usage.
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Posted 1/23/13
Android and iOS devices have different encoded streams. iOS gets special MPEG-4 Streams, and Android players support adaptive bitrate. I suspect you'll actually use slightly less bandwidth.
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Posted 1/24/13

motytrah wrote:

Android and iOS devices have different encoded streams. iOS gets special MPEG-4 Streams, and Android players support adaptive bitrate. I suspect you'll actually use slightly less bandwidth.


The iOS app uses adaptive bitrate streaming as well, and I would suspect that both the iOS and Android streams are encoded in h.264 (most likely put into an MP4 container) since they both support AVC. However, the iOS app streams at 480p while the Android app streams at 360p.
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Posted 1/24/13
I've tried an episode monitoring my data usage. I indeed came to roughly 85 megabytes including network overhead.
I'll try another episode in the last few days of this month if I have enough left in my bundle.
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Posted 1/29/13
I was looking at that too, since I was looking at a mobile hotspot, and while the more expensive 4G is unlimited for 4G usage, the 3G usage is capped ~ and I live in a 3G area.

Some sites will stream at lower resolution ~ Viki will stream at 240p and Youtube will stream below 360p. That would stretch the data usage. For Viki, that's the point of that option, since they do a lot of streaming to countries where broadband is hard to find and expensive. Obviously the quality suffers ~ its a shame to waste a screen that size on a 240p stream, and I think its a bit choppy ~ but it might pass the time on a commute.

The anime that Viki has are mostly Tezuka's classics ~ I think most of their anime can be streamed in Europe, though Rose of Versailles is region limited to North America because they got it in cooperation with North American distributor Nozomi (RightStuf). Region blocking is, of course, a big problem on Youtube.
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