Post Reply Improved social features for mobile apps, offline mode
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Posted 6/24/13 , edited 6/24/13
I noticed something very interesting about the Crunchyroll app on iOS and Android (I have an Android phone and tablet, and an iPhone 4S). They both work very well at streaming videos, and looking at your queue/history. All fine and dandy.

The limitations, however, are that you have no access to the news feed, the forums, the store, and even your account profile. Want to comment on a video? You can forget about that too!

It would be nice if you guys could add these features to your apps. When I'm on the go or just watching CR on my PS3, I've been whipping out my tablet to leave real-time comments and ratings, as well as see what popular comments are trending (I love the community here, by the way).

A bonus addition to the mobile app would be offline mode and sync to mobile, similar to the way Rdio (http://www.rdio.com/) does it. Why? Because with Rdio, you can choose to sync a song or a whole album to mobile. Once synced, you aren't using up your data to listen to those songs, which is handy when you're in an area where there is no wi-fi or data access. This is an excellent solution because:

(1) You're not using up your limited data bandwidth (given that carriers are charging us an arm and a leg for their plans).
(2) You can leave the city for a weekend and still watch your shows.
(3) If you commute from out of the city, you have something to watch (unless you're driving!).
(4) If there are spotty areas, this circumvents the problem.
(5) Licensing is still controlled because you can only watch the offline videos from within the CR app.
(6) There's also less burden on the CR streaming servers.
(7) No streaming issues for your mobile users = less complaints!
(8) You can finally take over the world while watching CR from anywhere.

If a solution like this is deployed, I further suggest using Rdio's model where you can sync to mobile from the website or the mobile app, and choose to sync either one video or a group of videos. Granted, videos take up a lot of space so there should be a mobile app option to sync to external memory if available. A mobile option to sync only over wi-fi would reduce the redundancy of eating up your data bandwidth.

TL;DR Please let us access the forums and comments on the mobile apps and enable offline mode for videos a la Rdio.
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Thank you for taking the time to post all of this!!!

I'm passing the thread off to the Dev Team to look at so we can see if it is something we can incorporate.
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Posted 6/26/13
Thanks for considering my suggestions!
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It's been a year since this was posted, but I would like to back this. Offline sync has become a popular feature for media server Plex, which has seen enormous industry support and its even being packaged and marketed by companies like Amazon w/ their Fire TV product. Offline sync enables people to watch content when their internet connection might not be the best, such as on public transportation, while someone else is driving, and even to minimize their use of their mobile carrier's bandwidth. I use Plex due to the ability to sync offline content when I go to the gym so I can catch up on shows while I'm on the treadmill.

If you are questioning if this is a valuable feature, you should run an interest poll. Ask the community if they would be willing to pay $1-2 more a month if they had this feature. Consider a Crunchyroll basic and plus membership and do an ROI analysis if there would be benefit in putting in the effort to develop something like this. I think many people would find this feature exciting and you may find its easier to justify the investment that way.

Thank you for your time.
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