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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14


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The "unavailable" messages are there because I simply have not added the feature in yet. I'm making sure the things I do have added in are done right before moving onto the next. The only thing that has been added in is playing the latest video in a series from queue and the video player. The rest will be added in eventually.

Thanks letting me know it works though! Positive feedback helps more than negative in this case :P


Ooo that makes sense.

So if i added what i want to watch into my queue it would work!
Nice work!!

Btw i think chromecast would be a huge development aswell. But obviously early days

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The "unavailable" messages are there because I simply have not added the feature in yet. I'm making sure the things I do have added in are done right before moving onto the next. The only thing that has been added in is playing the latest video in a series from queue and the video player. The rest will be added in eventually.

Thanks letting me know it works though! Positive feedback helps more than negative in this case :P


Ooo that makes sense.

So if i added what i want to watch into my queue it would work!
Nice work!!

Btw i think chromecast would be a huge development aswell. But obviously early days



Well I believe the official app supports HD chromecast streaming, so it would be a little redundant for me to add that in. Though I have found their implementation of it to be pretty buggy, so I might add it in after everything else it pretty much done.

Also when you get to then end of an episode it *should* load up the next episode (the thumbnail should change) after a few seconds and you can watch the next episode. Sometimes, because of the way the app gets data from the server it might not load the next episode until you restart the app (as in close it out and remove it from recents). It's untested so I'd like some feedback on that if possible XD
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I'll try it later tonite & see what happens . The tablet is a Digiland 10.1" sold by BestBuy . It has a quad core processor & KitKat 4.4 installed on it .
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I'll try it later tonite & see what happens . The tablet is a Digiland 10.1" sold by BestBuy . It has a quad core processor & KitKat 4.4 installed on it .


A quick google search tells me that tablet comes with 16GB of internal storage. As long as you can get the .apk file onto the tablet and install it, you should be good to go!
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Most of you probably won’t care, but I actually have something like this in the works for Sailfish OS, which currently powers the Jolla smartphone (and the Kickstarter funded tablet that’s going to be released next year). It’s going at a very slow pace because I’ve got other priorities right now, but writing the app itself is very easy (I had most of it done within a few hours, with no prior experience in Sailfish dev). The hardest part is reading decompiled sources of the official Android app to figure out what it does (it sends user tracking data to multiple third parties btw—the privacy policy mentions this, but it still leaves a bitter taste IMO). Have to say, this OS is much nicer to develop for than Android and iOS :)

There’s a slim chance that I’ll release something usable this year. So far catalog browser and authentication works. It’s a bit snappier than the Android app (limited by CR’s slow server response times; the app itself pretty much starts up instantly) and has better search capabilities than what is offered through the Android API and the website. I’m just missing queue/playlists/history, the actual video player component and useful app cover actions, but that’s not going to be hard.

Depending on how much effort it involves, I may add options to make it behave like the official app with regard to ads, tracking and limitations, e.g. with non-premium accounts—I don’t want to be unfair; I just want a native app for my favorite mobile OS so I don’t have to use the Android compatibility layer.

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Most of you probably won’t care, but I actually have something like this in the works for Sailfish OS, which currently powers the Jolla smartphone (and the Kickstarter funded tablet that’s going to be released next year). It’s going at a very slow pace because I’ve got other priorities right now, but writing the app itself is very easy (I had most of it done within a few hours, with no prior experience in Sailfish dev). The hardest part is reading decompiled sources of the official Android app to figure out what it does (it sends user tracking data to multiple third parties btw—the privacy policy mentions this, but it still leaves a bitter taste IMO). Have to say, this OS is much nicer to develop for than Android and iOS :)

There’s a slim chance that I’ll release something usable this year. So far catalog browser and authentication works. It’s a bit snappier than the Android app (limited by CR’s slow server response times; the app itself pretty much starts up instantly) and has better search capabilities than what is offered through the Android API and the website. I’m just missing queue/playlists/history, the actual video player component and useful app cover actions, but that’s not going to be hard.

Depending on how much effort it involves, I may add options to make it behave like the official app with regard to ads, tracking and limitations, e.g. with non-premium accounts—I don’t want to be unfair; I just want a native app for my favorite mobile OS so I don’t have to use the Android compatibility layer.

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That's pretty cool! I don't own any devices with Sailfish OS, but I'd like to see how this turns out. Also why are you even bothering with decompiled sources? I can PM you the documentation of CRs api endpoints I have, which should make things much easier for you. I don't plan on having ad/free account support. It uses flash (and the current video player does too I think) which has no support on android anymore. And how is Sailfish's support for HLS streams?
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17 year old does in one week what Crunchy can't do in five years. Ouch.

Maybe you should apply for a job with them. >_>
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Folks - stream extractors are against the rules, please do not post them here.
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Folks - stream extractors are against the rules, please do not post them here.


Eh sorry. Using it for a reference
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Eh sorry. Using it for a reference


Yeah, I could tell, but they can be used for illegal purposes, so I had to remove the conversation about them, sorry.
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It's amazing to see the creativity and ingenuity of our users, but I'd like to point out that there are a few concerns with publishing/using unofficial applications:

* Our applications include very specific video viewership information so that we can ensure a continuous experience across devices and ensure that we provide appropriate attribution of viewership to publishers of content that we license
* There are some complicated rules around video launch windows and region/language availability -- most of this is handled on our servers, but the clients also play a small part
* Given that our current API was not intended to be used by the general public, it currently has some limitations and exceptions for specific devices that may make an unofficial app behave unexpectedly or not work on a variety of devices

I'd also like to announce that we have an Android app update coming right around the corner which includes adaptive streaming and HD resolutions (if your network connection and device can support them).

I don't particularly see a problem with the app existing, but please do not publish it to the marketplace or release source code, and ensure that users do not expect support from Crunchyroll. I also would prefer to see it remain premium only, as advertising revenue (and relationships) are also quite tricky without inside assistance.

Keep on with your code skills chief, and apply to work with us one day
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josh wrote:

It's amazing to see the creativity and ingenuity of our users, but I'd like to point out that there are a few concerns with publishing/using unofficial applications:

* Our applications include very specific video viewership information so that we can ensure a continuous experience across devices and ensure that we provide appropriate attribution of viewership to publishers of content that we license
* There are some complicated rules around video launch windows and region/language availability -- most of this is handled on our servers, but the clients also play a small part
* Given that our current API was not intended to be used by the general public, it currently has some limitations and exceptions for specific devices that may make an unofficial app behave unexpectedly or not work on a variety of devices

I'd also like to announce that we have an Android app update coming right around the corner which includes adaptive streaming and HD resolutions (if your network connection and device can support them).

I don't particularly see a problem with the app existing, but please do not publish it to the marketplace or release source code, and ensure that users do not expect support from Crunchyroll. I also would prefer to see it remain premium only, as advertising revenue (and relationships) are also quite tricky without inside assistance.

Keep on with your code skills chief, and apply to work with us one day


Good to hear that the official app is going to get HD support. If that's the case though, I don't really see a point in continuing the development of this. Are you allowed to give ETAs?
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chiefnoah wrote:

Good to hear that the official app is going to get HD support. If that's the case though, I don't really see a point in continuing the development of this. Are you allowed to give ETAs?


It's still in development at this point in time, pending some analytics work and user testing. I'd say within the next month it should be out (if all goes well in user testing), but don't hold me to it

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chiefnoah wrote:

Good to hear that the official app is going to get HD support. If that's the case though, I don't really see a point in continuing the development of this. Are you allowed to give ETAs?


It's still in development at this point in time, pending some analytics work and user testing. I'd say within the next month it should be out (if all goes well in user testing), but don't hold me to it



Any chance I can get in on that user testing? ;P
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chiefnoah wrote:

Any chance I can get in on that user testing? ;P


Unfortunately it won't be targeted user testing, so we're unable to pin specific users to the test group. It should be a relatively short test period if all goes well though, before we open it up to everyone.
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