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so when will you have a better player that is not garbage?
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Posted 12/3/13 , edited 12/5/13

TheAncientOne wrote:


JackTheRipper1 wrote:

If they make a derivative version of it they could add DRM but I don't like DRM since all titles on Crunchyroll could be watched through other means plus DRM is evil.

DRM may be evil, but it keeps the companies that license anime to CR happy.

A DRM method for HTML5 video has been worked out, so at some point CR will probably use that for a video player. Netflix has already started moving in that direction:
http://techblog.netflix.com/2013/04/html5-video-at-netflix.html

Aside from what they mention in the blog, they already support for at least IE 11 in Windows 8.1.



You don't even need a browser for Netflix if you have Windows 8 and the Netflix App.

Update: I tried the Netflix App and it won't work on Windows 8.1 I keep getting a DRM error W8159 and Netflix support does not even know about that error code yet.
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Seeing as how the video player still has the old old crunchyroll logo, I have to agree with you. Crunchyroll is in desperate need of a new player
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Posted 12/13/13 , edited 12/13/13
It's pretty frustrating to come home from work and not be able to watch ANYTHING on Crunchyroll for the last 2 days. I had to torrent Naruto last night because it was unwatchable here. I will stop supporting CR soon if they cannot make the content accessible. For weeks it has been bad, but this week has been unacceptable. Literally I could not watch a show if I wanted to.

So I've done some reading and apparently you can have better luck on non PC devices, so I turn on my PS3, download the CR app, and guess what -- 2 crashes before even getting into an episode. Black screens and hard PS3 resets are all this app has delivered so far.

Getting extremely frustrated at this point CR. Can I have a refund for this month? You are || close to losing my sub. Give us a download option or fix it, like yesterday. =(

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millotalius wrote:

So I've done some reading and apparently you can have better luck on non PC devices, so I turn on my PS3, download the CR app, and guess what -- 2 crashes before even getting into an episode. Black screens and hard PS3 resets are all this app has delivered so far.

Getting extremely frustrated at this point CR. Can I have a refund for this month? You are || close to losing my sub, and I will be forced to download Horriblesubs...yes I know they are the great evil - but at least they are delivering content. Give us a download option or FIX IT, like yesterday.


Have you tried changing your DNS to OpenDNS or Google? It isn't a 100% fix for their web video player, but it can potentially make streams go from unwatchable at any setting to at least being watchable in SD or better. It did for me anyways when I switched from my ISP (comcast) DNS to OpenDNS.

It's unfortunate that the PS3 is your only streaming device, it's probably the buggiest and quirkiest app that they have out right now out of all that I've tried. Xbox, Roku, and iOS are all pretty stable but that probably doesn't do you any good if all you have at your disposal is the PS3 right now. My PS3 had done the whole crash thing quite a bit right after I downloaded the app and tried to use it, but the next day it started to work just fine. So maybe it will be worth trying again at some point?
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I have an iPhone but I'm not watching shows on that screen. I got the PS3 app to not crash, but the episodes are unwatchable from lag so I've given up on anime tonight. Yes I'm currently using OpenDNS and I flushed my DNS cache. I've reset routers, I still test at 30 Mbps down, 3 up. No other stream sites have issues for me. Very disheartening.
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Personally, I have no problems with the video player 99% of the time. When I do, it's annoying as hell, but it usually never happens, and when it does, it's generally only on one specific video.
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Things could be worse. Subscribe to Funimation and see.....

Seriously, I "put up with" Funimation, because of their content. English language content. Crunchyroll doesn't seem to offer the dubs. But that's OK. I do subscribe to both. But in terms of content provision on Roku and on Android, Crunchyroll has Funimation beat. CR Roku channel works -it's rock solid. Funimation's channel does suffer from very severe lag at peak hours. As for Android... if you want to watch premium content (i.e. as a subscriber) on Funimation without adverts, a purchase of a premium app is required. Crunchyroll hasn't done this.

As far as the web browser based players go... IMO Crunchy has a slight edge on Funi.... but both have issues with aspect ratio in full screen mode. My monitor is 4:3, but the player insists on making 16:9 content fit the entire screen rather than letterboxing or cropping.

For the actual streams.... I've haven't noticed any major issues with CR but I have issues often with Funi - again at peak hours.

Yes, playing around with DNS settings can help. For me, going away from OpenDNS and back to Time Warner's DNS helped me because their DNS pointed me to a better server within the content delivery networks (Netflix, Amazon, etc). I'm told some people have success by blocking a certain IP range but other people find it makes things worse. I guess YMMV in this case.

I'm sure Time Warner Cable hates us... we got the best package for Internet they can give us (50/5) but we do an awful lot of streaming video... 170GB streamed for December alone... about 350GB a month for us is "usual". Maybe they're trying to tell me something when the Netflix quality goes way down.
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Posted 12/14/13

mwooldri wrote:

As for Android... if you want to watch premium content (i.e. as a subscriber) on Funimation without adverts, a purchase of a premium app is required. Crunchyroll hasn't done this.

Have you tried playing the website video in the browser on your Android device? Funimation implemented a HTML5 video with their new website.

I've played video from the Funimation website on my Nook HD+ and iPod Touch in the web browser with no problem. The problem I have is actually getting to the video, as their site seems to love to crash the browser on both systems. For my testing, I finally resorted to doing a Google search for "<title> <episode #> Funimation", so I could jump directly to the page for the videos. The video playback itself was solid, however.
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