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Posted 7/20/14

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Isn't Funimation just a stream from Hulu? The Funimation site though could use some work and a cleaner design but the video feed looks exactly like Hulu's.


More like Hulu is a stream from Funimation. Funimation makes the anime, ahaha. But that's true about the video feed part.
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Posted 7/20/14
I'm surprised The Anime Network hasn't been brought up once. They have a decent selection of dubs I guess but CR's player is superior in my opinion. I mostly go there to dick around on the forums though. Been a member there about 10 years now I believe.
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Posted 7/30/14
For some reason the Funimation website is so slow for me. But I do like to use Hulu/Hulu Plus. I better, since my dad is paying for it.
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Posted 7/30/14
I've been watching M3 the dark metal on http://www.daisuki.net/
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Posted 7/30/14
CR is by far the best site for anime stuff. I also have a subscription for Funimation and it used to be full of problems. But now, videos are running smoothly on their site after getting a huge facelift. While the videos work fine, the navigation system needs to be reworked as it takes a long time to load, and there's no way to quickly access the video you are looking for without scrolling through the rest, which is not a fun thing to do for shows like Fairy Tail and One Piece. I haven't subscribed to Hulu Plus, but the Hulu player is a stable engine, just with an insane ad load that has only been getting more loaded with ads, and not even a subscription could get rid of it. Lastly, there's The Anime Network, and I would only sign up for this service if I wanted to watch dubbed Sentai shows as their player just doesn't compare to CR's player, and their simulcasts are all on CR, and air sooner here, so that's that.
Posted 7/31/14
AnimeLab.com is a new streaming service for Australians/NZ.

the video player SUCKS. it freezes when you go to the next episode. you have to press pause and play. maybe it's just my browser, idk.
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Posted 1/2/15
What we really need is a legal anime streaming site, one that is free to use and ad-supported like Crunchyroll is, but is only available if you live in Canada. Canada is seriously underserved among English-speaking countries when it comes to anime these days.
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Posted 1/2/15

neumaus wrote:

mod update:

This started off as personal request for help/advice, but there are so many great answers here and this does come up often enough, that I'm leaving it open as a place to share opinions about and discuss your experience with sites like Funimation and Hulu, but not limited to them.

If you use, or have used, another legal anime streaming service, and want to share info about it, please post here.

--lorreen


Original opening post below the spoiler:


Crunchyroll definitely has the largest library of anime; the only reason I sub to Funimation is purely due to licensing purposes and I tend to use Hulu/Netflix for other, non-anime reasons more often than not (although they can have some older, interesting, rare selections like Kaze no Stigma, Spice and Wolf, and Fullmetal Panic! (and FMP? Fumoffu).

CR in general keeps itself very updated in anime, is my source of information for each new anime season, provides me with a community of people whom I can interact with and recommend/get recommendations from, and is the site I use most for anime streaming, but I do wish that CR's 1080P and 720P options ran without so many buffering issues (and this is coming from a Member with my own personal streaming trying to watch this on my computer whose monitor is a flat screen HD television or on my Roku) and that traffic on CR was managed a little better so that accessing the site, the forums, my profile, and the anime itself would transition much faster than it does currently.

The only other request I would make to the monitors is try to get streaming rights for older series, popular and especially rarer anime from the 90s and early 2000s (or earlier, if possible) that either was difficult to find or wasn't available in most foreign nations. After all, it's only been in the last 5-10 years that the U.S. and other foreign countries have gained access to all kinds of titles, Many of us had to rely on whatever Toonami aired for the longest time, so introducing these series could be interesting, especially for older fans, and Crunchyroll can have a greater library that way.
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Posted 1/2/15
Well seeing as I live in Australia the only legal anime streaming sites are Crunchyroll and the more recent AnimeLab, hell we dont even have netflix.
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Meh.
Frankly, I hate commercials, and even Hulu Plus has them. I am impatient and hate losing focus, so ads I obviously do not like.
I don't watch anything on my dad's Netflix account that's animated out of fear that he'll snoop and object. Even though I'm 18. The paranoia settles very fast at the idea of watching something he might end up stumbling across if he goes through my show history. Plus I've heard that majority of stuff on Netflix is dubs, and I don't really like dubs anymore, honestly a lot of the dubs I've seen in the past few years have been "meh" compared to past dubs.
Funimations streaming is crap. I don't even.

CR is best *legal * streaming site, but I have admittedly downloaded series for screencapping purposes. I use them for editing and take them if the animation is pretty; mainly I screencap KyoAni productions and other anime that catches my eye, though lately my watchlist has been pretty slim pickings compared to how congested it used to be a couple years ago. There's not a lot catching my eye and I myself feel as if I'm becoming more slovenly in my anime watching overall.

Mainly i cap so I can sometimes just sift through them and see if I find anything interesting between frames. And to just… look at… that's not weird at all… right? I like the visuals… *sheepish nod// thoigh I do use them for editing, mainly for odd collages which turn out rather lamely, but they're all in fun I guess
Posted 1/4/15 , edited 1/4/15
I love CR and Funi. I watch a lot of my favorite anime and movies on funi and watch the animes that CR doesn't stream on funi c: But I Hate Hulu Too Many Ads. And netflix I had and will get again later.
Posted 1/5/15
You've got NetFlix, Funimation, Hulu and... that's mostly it. You aren't getting all the shows through all of them put together.
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Posted 1/6/15 , edited 1/6/15

PretearHimeno wrote:

I'm surprised The Anime Network hasn't been brought up once. They have a decent selection of dubs I guess but CR's player is superior in my opinion. I mostly go there to dick around on the forums though. Been a member there about 10 years now I believe.


Nobody mentioned The Anime Network probably because it functions like an index of Hulu videos to guests. I haven't subscribed to them so I don't know if their subscription has ads or not.

Nobody mentioned Anime News Network's video index http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/video/anime probably for similar reasons.......... The vids aren't from Hulu but they still have ads. [Edit: Some are STILL from Hulu]

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Posted 1/7/15 , edited 1/7/15
I mainly use Crunchyroll, but if I can't find an anime on CR I'll use Hulu. I personally don't prefer one over when it comes to anime streaming. As long as I'm able to watch an anime legal and at least in decent quality I'm good.
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Posted 1/7/15
I'm currently in Mexico, Hulu and Funimation are not available here, the Netflix anime selection is pathetic, CR is the best if not only anime streaming service. Also there is no anime on any cable or satellite provider that I know of.
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