Cruncyroll App for Win 8?
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Hey everyone, I'm new to Crunchyroll and not sure where to put this question so I thought maybe the general thread.

Does anyone know if there is any plans to bring a windows 8 app? I am currently using the iPad app but when signing up I saw a picture of a Windows 8 app next to the iPad so thought maybe it was available :S

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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13
Not that I know of. Then again I haven't looked, because anyone with Windows can just... you know... go to the website. I figure that would be far superior to any app, and you can even just put a link to the website on the start screen. An app seems kind of... worthless to me. What would you want in the app that isn't done on the website?
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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13
Because running an app literally takes you to a screen where you pick which episode you want to view. Going to the website requires opening a browser and seeing all the stuff on here that obfuscates the point. If you're on a tablet device, using browsers is slow and inefficient. I'd much rather have an app.

To answer your question OP, I don't know. I'm still waiting to find out if there will ever be a Blackberry smartphone app.

EDIT: Here you go OP, try this thread.
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Posted 9/9/13

Broshmosh wrote:

Because running an app literally takes you to a screen where you pick which episode you want to view. Going to the website requires opening a browser and seeing all the stuff on here that obfuscates the point. If you're on a tablet device, using browsers is slow and inefficient. I'd much rather have an app.

To answer your question OP, I don't know. I'm still waiting to find out if there will ever be a Blackberry smartphone app.


Can't you just set a shortcut to go straight to your queue? Two clicks from the start screen to an episode is obfuscatory?
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actually that would be awesome if it worked like the phone/tablet app because those have buffering and not the atrocious player the website has
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theYchromosome wrote:

Can't you just set a shortcut to go straight to your queue? Two clicks from the start screen to an episode is obfuscatory?


You still have to run a browser. You do know how many devices Windows 8 runs on, right? Like I said, if you're on a tablet and you open a browser, that's over half of the machine's available resources gone. An app is lightweight and simply offers direct links to the video streams themselves.

If all you want are the shows, why go somewhere that has links to news, forums and a store too?
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Broshmosh wrote:


theYchromosome wrote:

Can't you just set a shortcut to go straight to your queue? Two clicks from the start screen to an episode is obfuscatory?


You still have to run a browser. You do know how many devices Windows 8 runs on, right? Like I said, if you're on a tablet and you open a browser, that's over half of the machine's available resources gone. An app is lightweight and simply offers direct links to the video streams themselves.

If all you want are the shows, why go somewhere that has links to news, forums and a store too?


Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm not sure if it's true (I don't have a tablet), but I assumed the Windows Phone app would work with tablets as well. I was only thinking of desktop computers (to which I suspect that an app would make almost no difference in speed. At least, it's so fast for me that I wouldn't be able to notice a difference). If it's only shows that you want then, on a desktop at least, your choice between app and shortcut is equal -- both do essentially the same thing. You're completely right on a tablet though. Being that OP said he had an iPad, for some reason I completely ignored the possibility that he might have a windows tablet. Plus, I was under the impression that the windows phone app might work on the tablet. However, for anyone that wants anything besides the shows, you'd need to go through numerous extra clicks to open the browser after you've opened the app, which renders the nearly insignificant gain in speed useless. Again, I was just thinking in terms of desktop though. You're probably completely right about the tablet.
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theYchromosome wrote:

Not that I know of. Then again I haven't looked, because anyone with Windows can just... you know... go to the website. I figure that would be far superior to any app, and you can even just put a link to the website on the start screen. An app seems kind of... worthless to me. What would you want in the app that isn't done on the website?


Problems with windows 8 (well laptop) , it doesn't seem to want to run the episodes for cruncyroll unless its running from the desktop and not the internet explorer app which comes with windows 8. Otherwise it claims the direct x ( I think) is missing and needs downloading which is already built into windows 8.

An app would be nice because hopefully it would by pass this issue, which I find annoying when using a new laptop.... *shakes fist at windows 8 OS*
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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13
Also, it's not like I'm against an app either. It wouldn't be that difficult to make, and would help people a bit. I'm all for it. All I'm saying is that it's not necessarily a need like it is with consoles, phones, etc. Setting a shortcut to your queue is generally quick, easy, and largely the same as an app. Of course I'd rather have the option of an app though (I just wouldn't use it).


cozmickaos wrote:


theYchromosome wrote:

Not that I know of. Then again I haven't looked, because anyone with Windows can just... you know... go to the website. I figure that would be far superior to any app, and you can even just put a link to the website on the start screen. An app seems kind of... worthless to me. What would you want in the app that isn't done on the website?


Problems with windows 8 (well laptop) , it doesn't seem to want to run the episodes for cruncyroll unless its running from the desktop and not the internet explorer app which comes with windows 8. Otherwise it claims the direct x ( I think) is missing and needs downloading which is already built into windows 8.

An app would be nice because hopefully it would by pass this issue, which I find annoying when using a new laptop.... *shakes fist at windows 8 OS*


Fair enough. I haven't had any problems with windows 8 and crunchyroll, but it's hard to tell what's going on with computers sometimes.
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Broshmosh wrote:
You still have to run a browser. You do know how many devices Windows 8 runs on, right? Like I said, if you're on a tablet and you open a browser, that's over half of the machine's available resources gone. An app is lightweight and simply offers direct links to the video streams themselves.

If all you want are the shows, why go somewhere that has links to news, forums and a store too?


A browser opened to a single page shouldn't take more resources than an app doing essentially the same thing, unless it's a really terrible browser. The video stream itself would outweigh everything else. I guess it's a bit more convenient if you only want to watch videos and not, say, use the forum...um...but I feel like this redundant "app-ization" of everything is getting a little silly.
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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13

kotomikun wrote:

I feel like this redundant "app-ization" of everything is getting a little silly.


That's probably my real reason, but I recognize my reasoning is a little slim. It bothers me that people spend time designing a different way to do the same thing with little efficiency gains, but on the other hand, if someone wants to put in the time, and people want to use it, then my annoyance isn't really a good reason to stop making it. I completely agree with you, and it bothers me quite a bit, but it's essentially just my sense of aesthetics.
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Posted 9/9/13 , edited 9/9/13
As always we are trying to improve both our programming as well as the devices we support and their functionality.

I have passed your suggestion for a Win 8 App along to our product development team.

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