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Posted 7/4/14
CR is love, CR is life.
Posted 7/4/14 , edited 7/4/14
Well, Crunchyroll is the only video streaming site i've ever subscribed to, but I think that I definitely prefer subscription over ads. Since I use this site quite often, it seems worth it to me. Plus, I refuse to use things like an ad blocker because it just seems cheap to me. However, I would only subscribe to remove ads from a site that I visit extremely frequently. If I justt visit it occasionally, i'll just sit through them.

Truth be told, I don't really have that much of a problem with ads. I frequently hop between Crunchyroll and Hulu to watch anime without ads and with ads respectively, and while I definitely prefer it without ads, the ads aren't really so bad.

Maybe its because I used to watch cable TV for the longest time where it was rather common to sit through commercial breaks at regular intervals. To me, ads are really no worse than commercials, so they don't really bother me all that much at all.
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Wow, makes you wish there was *some* way to get anime and other stuff... In HIGH Quality, without adds, without paying???

I'm trying to think, but I can't come up with it. I guess you can only use crappy websites plastered with ads, or pay for services! There's your answer! No other way to do anything or find anything sadly. Not that I can think of!
Posted 7/4/14
I don't mind ads. I've stopped using ad blocker for that reason... it is a loss for the company. And if I enjoy using the site, then it is only fair that I give something in return, by looking at those ads.

However, recently, ads have gotten more and more annoying, they pop up in front of your face out of nowhere while you're reading something... and it's just... so annoying. And imo, any ads on youtube more than 30seconds should be skippable.


I hope Crunchyroll doesn't resort to those ads that pop up randomly (like at Youtube) in front of your face, because I come here a lot and will not tolerate it... will get adblocker level 9999 if I have to... and no guilt-trip is going to change my mind.
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Posted 7/4/14
You dont buy a subscription to get rid of ads. You install AdBlocker.
You buy a subscription because you dont want to wait a week for new episodes.
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Posted 7/4/14
I hate ads & love my ad blocker! YouTube is the worst... clicking on videos, always having to wait to push the skip button or wait out a commercial b/c you cant skip it but i do disable ad blocker for CR only as sometimes they to have some cool & nifty advertisements
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Posted 7/4/14

ruebeus wrote:

You dont buy a subscription to get rid of ads. You install AdBlocker.
You buy a subscription because you dont want to wait a week for new episodes.


Nobody waits weeks for anime anymore. HS directly rips it from Crunchyroll and releases it minutes after.

People pay to support the industry, even though Crunchyrolls contributions to actual studios is nil. The only reason I had to subscribe was to see a somewhat legitimate company pop up and air stuff over here. Even with HS releasing every Crunchyroll show for free, this would never have happened without Crunchyroll going legit. Back in the 'golden days' of fansubbing, we had half the shows, delayed weeks at a time. The translations were somewhat better though, depending on the group.

Obviously you don't have to pay to see anything on time anymore, but considering we get twice the amount of shows now, allowing fansubbers to focus on other shows rather than the bigger ones, the cumulative effects are pretty good. I've never been able to watch so many current shows at once.
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Posted 7/4/14 , edited 7/4/14
Adblock always helps. And normally, I only subscribe to whatever it is allow us to do it for free.
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If anyone is familiar on web design, you could put either a hotspot as small as a smiley or a big hotspot onto anything on your webpage. And, when someone clicks it, it'll take you to another link or webpage or make you download something. When I say a big hotspot, you can designate the whole page as a hotspot.

What I hate is when you go to a site and you don't have any adblocker, you might click on something you're not supposed to.
The webpage might looked visually empty but just pressing that mouse once and it might take/get you on something you don't want.
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I'd rather have free with ads in some cases, and paid subscriptions in other cases. It really depends on what you get for your subscription fee. If a site has an obnoxious number of poorly-timed ads for every...single...video, then I'll either dump it (more common) or relent and pay the subscription for an ad-free experience. However, the latter occurs if (and only if) a service I deem to be worth the price is offered.

In the case of CR the subscription fee has been well worth the price since I also get access to a wide variety of high quality manga scans and an ad-free experience for my streaming. The downside is that the Sony platform apps appear to be more or less permanently broken. I've given up on them at this point. Regardless, CR premium has still proven to be a value worth having. I'd take sub over free, but would always want to have the choice to switch to free available to me. CR Free is a good service overall, though the ads can freeze up and the player may randomly jump to the next episode (forcing you to go back and watch all the ads you already sat through again).

In the case of YouTube a paid subscription would be completely worthless. Those ads at the very beginning of YouTube videos may be inconvenient, and they are getting ridiculously long at this point, but the skip function and the fact that they never freeze up makes them tolerable. With that in mind, we'll see how long that balance lasts. I've seen a lot of 6-10 minute long ads lately.

In the case of Hulu it's a mixed bag. On the one hand, I understand that including ads for both premium and free users allows Hulu to offer a lower subscription price since the difference should be made up in ad revenue. On the other hand, that leaves one to wonder what incentive there really is to be a premium user in the first place. At the end of the day the bonuses that Hulu offers for using Hulu Plus just don't matter to me, and keeping the ads irrespective of whether one is a premium user or not only bangs another nail in the idea's coffin.

Crackle is an example of an ad-supported free streaming service I'm pretty satisfied with. The ads are ill-timed, generally lack variety (often the same ad will repeat at all stopping points throughout an episode), and sometimes (rarely) freeze up the video player, but they're also relatively short and distant from one another. I watched Madoka Magica via Crackle, and I never found myself dissatisfied with the experience. The same is true of Murder Princess.

So, there you have it. I prefer to have a paid subscription or rely on ad-supported free streaming depending on the quality and type of service a site offers. CR All-Access is an example of a paid subscription I consider worthwhile, Hulu Plus is an example of a paid subscription I consider to be a waste of money, Crackle is an example of a free, ad-supported service I've considered satisfactory, and YouTube is an example of a free, ad-supported service I'm on the fence about of late (but have generally been satisfied with).
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Posted 7/5/14

BlueOni wrote:

I'd rather have free with ads in some cases, and paid subscriptions in other cases. It really depends on what you get for your subscription fee. If a site has an obnoxious number of poorly-timed ads for every...single...video, then I'll either dump it (more common) or relent and pay the subscription for an ad-free experience. However, the latter occurs if (and only if) a service I deem to be worth the price is offered.

In the case of CR the subscription fee has been well worth the price since I also get access to a wide variety of high quality manga scans and an ad-free experience for my streaming. The downside is that the Sony platform apps appear to be more or less permanently broken. I've given up on them at this point. Regardless, CR premium has still proven to be a value worth having. I'd take sub over free, but would always want to have the choice to switch to free available to me. CR Free is a good service overall, though the ads can freeze up and the player may randomly jump to the next episode (forcing you to go back and watch all the ads you already sat through again).

In the case of YouTube a paid subscription would be completely worthless. Those ads at the very beginning of YouTube videos may be inconvenient, and they are getting ridiculously long at this point, but the skip function and the fact that they never freeze up makes them tolerable. With that in mind, we'll see how long that balance lasts. I've seen a lot of 6-10 minute long ads lately.

In the case of Hulu it's a mixed bag. On the one hand, I understand that including ads for both premium and free users allows Hulu to offer a lower subscription price since the difference should be made up in ad revenue. On the other hand, that leaves one to wonder what incentive there really is to be a premium user in the first place. At the end of the day the bonuses that Hulu offers for using Hulu Plus just don't matter to me, and keeping the ads irrespective of whether one is a premium user or not only bangs another nail in the idea's coffin.

Crackle is an example of an ad-supported free streaming service I'm pretty satisfied with. The ads are ill-timed, generally lack variety (often the same ad will repeat at all stopping points throughout an episode), and sometimes (rarely) freeze up the video player, but they're also relatively short and distant from one another. I watched Madoka Magica via Crackle, and I never found myself dissatisfied with the experience. The same is true of Murder Princess.

So, there you have it. I prefer to have a paid subscription or rely on ad-supported free streaming depending on the quality and type of service a site offers. CR All-Access is an example of a paid subscription I consider worthwhile, Hulu Plus is an example of a paid subscription I consider to be a waste of money, Crackle is an example of a free, ad-supported service I've considered satisfactory, and YouTube is an example of a free, ad-supported service I'm on the fence about of late (but have generally been satisfied with).


Youtube actually works a bit different from most sites when it comes to adds, since it's up to the uploader of a video if they'll allow adds on their videos. Also Youtube allows 3 different ways of advertisement head on (on top), side ads (on the right side of the youtube video) and in video (something you see before you can watch the video) ... In video adds also has a difference in how they're displayed/workds, there're adds that you can't skip and adds that you can skip... If you press the skip button on adds that allow you to skip them then the content creator/youtube partner won't get any add revenue from your watch since you skipped the add.

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Posted 7/5/14
For CR, definitely sub to avoid ads. Not just to avoid the ads though, but to get the shows legally, on time, and support the industry while you're at it. CR is probably the only streaming service I'll pay for, though, because they have such a great variety and continue to expand. Hulu, I suffer through the ads if they have an anime CR doesn't, pretty sure paying for Hulu Plus doesn't even fully remove ads. For many others like Youtube and Twitch, Adblock Plus
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Posted 7/5/14
I have a LOT of disposable income, and I like my anime. So I pay for Crunchyroll. I use AdBlock but I have several filters set up on it that allow adverts through on websites that I like and visit frequently (Youtube, webcomics etc).

I love the multi platform viewing with the Crunchyroll membership. As someone who works a lot of late shifts in the UK I miss out on a lot of anime and would normally have to wait to get home to watch it, but with the multi platform viewing I can watch anime at work on my smartphone!

Crunchyroll subscription > adverts.
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Posted 7/5/14
i also hate ads and have 3 adblockers. i get that it helps websites. but if it gets in the way of my viewing experience then i don't really have a desire to help those websites.

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Not all ad blocks actually block the ad it just stops it from showing up like lets say you have ad block on and its the one that blocks the ad itself the website will still get the view saying that you seen/watched the ad.
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