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Posted 9/11/13

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That remains to be seen, their forums have been offline for over two months now, the site "upgrade" has been in process for at least a year... With little to no results and no estimated time to completion. The lack of communication during the issues has been even worse. To me, it seems as if there is only one person doing it during their lunch breaks...

I can only hope they come back with a better site that uses HTML5, or at least Silverlight for the videos, which works pretty well. Netlfix uses it. The Flash heavy site was part of the issue, among other things.


Yeah, it has been a while. Hopefully, that means they'll get it right this time. Lance Heiskell and Adam Sheehan were on a recent ANNCast, and the website update was briefly discussed: [url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/anncast/2013-06-07]link. One of their requirements was HTML5; I don't think any specifics about the video player were mentioned, but they did say it was important that it worked much better than the current player, but in better terms than what I just wrote.
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I do see that http://beta.funimation.com/ still remains as an active link. Though there is nothing different about it, so it seems it is just a redirect. It might be the first noticeable change located there.

Though still that mention in the ANNCast is three months ago. As of yet, it has only been a lot of talk, not much more. Only time will tell I suppose...
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Posted 9/12/13

ShadowFallsAlpha wrote:

That remains to be seen, their forums have been offline for over two months now, the site "upgrade" has been in process for at least a year... With little to no results and no estimated time to completion. The lack of communication during the issues has been even worse. To me, it seems as if there is only one person doing it during their lunch breaks...

I can only hope they come back with a better site that uses HTML5, or at least Silverlight for the videos, which works pretty well. Netlfix uses it. The Flash heavy site was part of the issue, among other things.

They had stated earlier in the year that the new site would be up by the end of summer:
http://www.funimation.com/rojas/blog/funimationcom-site-update/7759074

That technically gives them 9 more days.

Personally, I had predicted they would probably miss that deadline, but get it up by the time they began their fall simulcasts. We'll see if I'm right.

They have stated the new site would use HTML5, but haven't explicitly stated the videos would. Netflix had only begun to roll out HTML5 video at the start of the summer, so I have my doubts.

Silverlight will apparently see no further development, so I doubt any company would base a new streaming platform on it.

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Agreed. It is disappointing to see Microsoft abandon it so easily when it offered a much better alternative to Flash. It wouldn't be so horrible if there was some Flash content, as that is to be expected, as long as it isn't so Flash heavy as it was before. Only time will tell what the changes will be. there hasn't been much information on that. I suppose the reasoning for keeping such a tight lid is to not let people down by things not being included. But the silence really doesn't help matters. Having your forums down for over two months doesn't help either.

I don't really mind the wait, as long as it is done right. If it took all this time, and they come up with another poor website, that would probably be the end of the line for most people.
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Posted 9/12/13

ShadowFallsAlpha wrote:

Agreed. It is disappointing to see Microsoft abandon it so easily when it offered a much better alternative to Flash. It wouldn't be so horrible if there was some Flash content, as that is to be expected, as long as it isn't so Flash heavy as it was before. Only time will tell what the changes will be. there hasn't been much information on that.


I think the reason is the rise of HTML Video in HTML 5. The problem is, I don't think there is yet any DRM functionality built into HTML5, which was one of the major selling points for companies adopting the Silverlight platform.
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