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Post Reply Hulu has more anime than Crunchyroll?
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Posted 3/13/14 , edited 3/27/15
personally I like crunchyroll because you have no ads at all for premium. They also have a few good deals here and there on their merchandise, especially if you are a member but a few places sometimes rank better merchandise wise.
I think crunchyroll has plenty of anime for what I'm paying, and if they don't have something I know a website or two (although its not legitimate streaming) where I can watch almost ad free, there might be a picture of some advertisement, exit button, its gone and i stream the full 20 minutes without another til i click to the next ep but I hardly do that since CR has me satisfied.

-Mainpoint though, yes I hate ads, but if hulu really had that much anime and i had the money to pay for it on top of CR I would totally do it
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Posted 3/13/14

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JustinGallimore wrote:

crunchyroll terrible customer service

Sadly, I do have to admit I once had a problem and contacted support. They never responded.

Regarding Hulu or CR. I refuse to support Hulu due to their adds even for paying members. That said, I am disappointed by the scant anime options found on CR. I hope they'll license a ton more shows.



yea a ton more would be nice, as for customer service, I got an almost immediate response the two times I needed it but I think I made a new forum in the support section or something, not sure what means you used to contact them.
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JustinGallimore wrote:

crunchyroll terrible customer service

Sadly, I do have to admit I once had a problem and contacted support. They never responded.

Regarding Hulu or CR. I refuse to support Hulu due to their adds even for paying members. That said, I am disappointed by the scant anime options found on CR. I hope they'll license a ton more shows.





Every time I've contacted customer support, I've gotten a response very rapidly. Like within an hour
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Personnad wrote:


PlayerReview wrote:


JustinGallimore wrote:

crunchyroll terrible customer service

Sadly, I do have to admit I once had a problem and contacted support. They never responded.

Regarding Hulu or CR. I refuse to support Hulu due to their adds even for paying members. That said, I am disappointed by the scant anime options found on CR. I hope they'll license a ton more shows.





Every time I've contacted customer support, I've gotten a response very rapidly. Like within an hour


Same here, and the only time I couldn't get the help here was for something with a cause WAY outside the scope of their service (malware dumping ads into the site on my browser).
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I hate ads, I will stick with crunchyroll til the very end.
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my story with hulu....I never really hated hulu, nor even disliked. I'd wander over there every few months, watch a series then wander off. Well, couple years later (last june), friend talked me into picking up one piece again. I went to ANN and watched their stream (powered by hulu), after a few episodes, and their ads, I sought out a different source. I pirated it for a couple episodes, but couldn't stand the flavor text on special attacks, so went back to ann/hulu.

I watched...painstakingly...290-ish episodes of OP there before I threw up my hands and said "no more!" I was better off recording em on my DVR and fast-forwarding through commercials. But sadly I'd support hulu before adult swim...and their on-demand stuff was wayyyy ahead of me.

Given that I was sick of commercials, and hulu didn't have about 100 episodes (atleast at the time...they were missing like episodes 294-380 or something), I went back to piracy. watched another 100 episodes, then CR announced they finally obtained rights. I dropped OP like it was...<insert analogy here>...and have waited oh so patiently to see what happens to _______ and _______ went to rescue ______ during the Impel down arc. (and then contest-hime-chan spoiled it for me with her contest ;_; ).

Ok so where was I...</rant>

I'd be first in line to pay for hulu+ if they dropped the stupid ads for premium. What's the point of subbing then unless you simply wanna watch newer seasons of shows and don't have TV service? Which, I do have, so I'll pass. CR provides me not only with more shows in simulcast than I have time for week to week. But a plethora of series I've never even heard of. So I've got plenty to watch here. :)

Ok, I'm done

*climbs down off his high horse and walks the horse off the soap box*
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I don't get why CR still participates in anime convention, when they don't even get the license for 35%(or more) of the animes that are airing.
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My experience with Hulu has forever been rather lackluster.

Issue 1:
I get terrible bandwidth... I'm not on dial-up but my Broadband is just kinda 'meh' (4mbps max, this is my line speed assessment, I can get reasonably decent speeds in the dead of night, but during the day it's a little unstable), FTTP services aren't available in this city yet, and although FTTC is there... for some reason I'm not allowed to get it.
When using Hulu it will almost always knock me down to the lowest bandwidth options... actually I don't need it too, I can summon enough bandwidth to safely stream the higher rate options, it just assesses me as a low bandwidth person and shunts me to the lower streams. So I switch off the Auto... every single time I open up a video there. This wouldn't really be an issue but this leads into issue 2...

Issue 2:
The ad server there is worse than the media servers!! Why is this an issue? you cant knock the ads to a lower band for one, you have to live through the stopping, buffering and starting through multiple adverts till you finally get to the stream. For me this is well beyond irritating!!

Though this has been less of an issue for me lately, I still find Hulu's adverts painful to sit through... just how many impressions of the same advert need to be inflicted on the same viewer during the same 25 minute show, if they just put them at the beginning and during the eyecatch, then it wouldn't be an issue, why add them after the lead in story (when there is one), the opening sequence, and halfway through the second half cutting into the story... they're just going to show the same adverts yet again anyway!!! [/rant]

Issue 3:
Not really an issue for most but "subtitles are not soft". Where possible I like to avoid baked in subtitles, I find that they're usually a lot better on the eyes, plus I can switch them off when I like since I'm learning Japanese, but that's mostly just a bonus.

BTW Crunchyroll offers both, and you can select them through various menus around the site, whether it would be settings menus or the drop-down right click menu on the videos for a temporary switch from the set defaults.

Ah... as an example of Customer service at Crunchyroll, here's my experience when dealing with a hard sub/soft sub issue http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-754039/hard-subs... it was fixed very quickly.

and Issue 4:
What's with all the scripted visuals? every page appears to be laden with scripted enhancements to enhance the video ads... frankly Hulu is the slowest loading video site I know... not counting the actual video!!
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JustinGallimore wrote:

I like hulu better, it has ova's, movies, of anime, and the service is better on the ps3/ps4 I rather have ads, than to deal with crunchyroll terrible customer service. And btw crunchyroll only have no ads when your premium.


terrible customer service?
wut?


ikr!
that's what i was thinking when i read that
i'm glad they didn't just scrap their SmartTV app like FUNi did

on another note i heard neon alley is another site that hosts anime too
don't know much about it

i've tried FUNi and still have an EVS account with them, but their hosting is garbage, they ignore their community and i think they run harmful scripts on their websites
whenever i go on their website my browser crashes due to a script (i've used multiple browsers to try to view it too like Chrome, IE, and Firefox)
their servers are also very very slow and they've been around much longer than CR
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Hulu I count 643 anime channels

Crunchyroll I counted somewhere around 400 (lost count at one point because I'm sleepy) :P

To be honest I'm pretty impressed by hulu's catalog. They definitely did not used to have that many series. It seems they have made streaming deals with pretty much all the license holders in the west.

The only stuff I deem worthwhile on that site though is the shows that both Crunchyroll and Funimation don't have, since I can watch anime ad-free with either of those two options. And at the end of the day there just aren't enough of those non CR/Funi titles to make hulu worth the ads.
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Well I am Canadian and I don't have access to Hulu so Crunchyroll is all I got.
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I have both Hulu and Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll has no ads and an awesome community. I only go on Hulu to watch the anime that isn't on Crunchyroll. I believe it is worth having both.


You have my respect. It seems people forget that it's okay to have both sometimes. I hear this issue with console wars and the rest too. At the end of the day, I want to watch or play what I want, and if I have to get it from multiple sources then I will.

It's really that simple.
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Well I am Canadian.


For the life of me, I have no idea why Hulu seems to have a hate on for Canadians. Your money is as good as ours (in the U.S., that is), and you are all still in North America. Why deny you all of that content?

On my end, I use both Hulu (Plus) and Crunchyroll. I also have a subscription to the Anime Network site, but I recently noticed that almost everything I watch there is now available on Hulu Plus, so it looks like my TAN days might be over. Since Hulu gets things that CR does not (and vice versa), I am quite comfortable using both, and I do not mind the ads, since ad revenue is what keeps the content flowing, lest people forget.
Posted 3/13/14
I refuse to pay for commercials, ever, they are there to generate revenue when the majority of user base do not pay... rather pay a VPN subscription.. Not given those cable companies money in a few years and wont again... if you pay for hulu thats who your paying..
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Srslydude wrote:

I have both Hulu and Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll has no ads and an awesome community. I only go on Hulu to watch the anime that isn't on Crunchyroll. I believe it is worth having both.


You have my respect. It seems people forget that it's okay to have both sometimes. I hear this issue with console wars and the rest too. At the end of the day, I want to watch or play what I want, and if I have to get it from multiple sources then I will.

It's really that simple.


it can be but... dealing with those irritable ads, so pointlessly numerous (it's often the same ads over and over) and you cant fast forward through them like a recording... and they often stop to buffer at times too... well, dealing with THAT or forgoing the joys of a clear conscience using a piracy aggregate site with an ad block?

If you chain watch anime, Hulu is mind numbingly painful. I try it but usually cant handle more than 3 episodes in succession there... 5 at most, before I go seeking alternatives. Until a viable alternative to ads is introduced and offered, Hulu is "out" for me
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