Post Reply With the Android app broken, it's time to move the site's player to HTML5
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Posted 3/20/15
With the Android app unusable nowadays, it's apparent more than ever now badly the site needs to move to HTML5 for videos. At least that way when the apps break we can still watch shows from our devices of choice via the browser, instead of twiddling our thumbs wondering why we bother paying for premium.

Any thoughts? How easy would this be able to implement?
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We're contractually obliged to use Flash for now. To my knowledge, HTML5 is not currently an option due to the lack of a universal DRM implementation across all platforms and browsers. Our content partners in Japan are still reluctant to allow the shift to such a method. See the AMA by our CEO on reddit for his words on the situation.
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shinryou wrote:

We're contractually obliged to use Flash for now. To my knowledge, HTML5 is not currently an option due to the lack of a universal DRM implementation across all platforms and browsers. Our content partners in Japan are still reluctant to allow the shift to such a method. See the AMA by our CEO on reddit for his words on the situation.


Yes I know DRM is N/A on HTML5 but have come across it I been trying it! The video qualitly at 360 is amazing ! I havent had a crash yet!

Apple is pushing this and is gaining momentim / in fact HTML5 is used instead of flash around the world!

The Flash Player requires lot of care / updates / HTML5 no downloads just play!

Oh they are working on the DRM / which I think shoud be replaces with something else that works better too!
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FLjerry2011 wrote:

Yes I know DRM is N/A on HTML5 but have come across it I been trying it! The video qualitly at 360 is amazing ! I havent had a crash yet!

Apple is pushing this and is gaining momentim / in fact HTML5 is used instead of flash around the world!

The Flash Player requires lot of care / updates / HTML5 no downloads just play!

Oh they are working on the DRM / which I think shoud be replaces with something else that works better too!

CR's "HTML5 video DRM isn't ready yet" stance is shared by one of the big players in the streaming industry: Hulu.

Netflix is pushing ahead with HTML5 with DRM, and has implementations working in browsers, but even with their juggernaut status (they are Godzilla, while CR is a little gecko in comparison), it isn't universal across browsers.

Despite the bulk of their video not even having to deal with DRM, even YouTube only recently switched to HTML 5 video by default.

Funimation has an HTML5 player, but you're unlikely to see it work in anything but a mobile browser, although based on what one of their staff stated, it also works on Safari 6 or later (which means Mac-only, as the Windows version is stalled at 5.1.7).
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Posted 4/5/15
The whole "Why not use HTML5?" discussion is far bigger than just Crunchyroll. There's a whole "The web should be free!" discussion going on at the same time, regarding whether HTML5 should have DRM at all.
As far as the content providers are concerned, this insecurity in some leads to companies focusing on app development, because not only are mobile and home theater delivery a growing sector, those platforms also provide much easier implementation of the DRM required by their content partners (or themselves).

This is my personal observation, not the stance of Crunchyroll. So please don't take it out of context.
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shinryou wrote:

The whole "Why not use HTML5?" discussion is far bigger than just Crunchyroll. There's a whole "The web should be free!" discussion going on at the same time, regarding whether HTML5 should have DRM at all.
As far as the content providers are concerned, this insecurity in some leads to companies focusing on app development, because not only are mobile and home theater delivery a growing sector, those platforms also provide much easier implementation of the DRM required by their content partners (or themselves).

This is my personal observation, not the stance of Crunchyroll. So please don't take it out of context.


Thanls for your view. It is well taken.

I mentioned HTML.5 because it was a very pleasnt experience and after beinng leery of it / usiing it more. Another thing you dont need to have it on your PC . Lately Flash just gets glitchy and I have to download a new copy.

Personally I think the Internet needs a replacement. From throttling / malcious attacks / information stealing etc!

I will go one step further the web should be free and I rather pay a little more for content than the outragerous money the ISP's get! Google is starting to affecr the providers too with their broadband !

Yes in a perfect world this could happen. But big ideas never happen if dont stir the pot up now and then!
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Hanabee VOD and Animelab in Australia/New Zealand have HTML5 capabilities for all their videos. Most videos are on here for one region or another though (not funimation titles). Yes they do have a required 1 to 2 week wait at times. durarara x2 is a example of that.
But I wonder if CR could say hey new videos can have a 3 week flash only then have HTML5 and flash after that time?
Or even just older videos. 4:3 kind etc
As I find it so very strange that CR can't yet Hanabee and Animelab can yet use the same publishers. If it is 1- X publishers that say no then don't have theirs. If anyone else says fine have theirs.
If it's a region thing if they say well people in penguincat cookie island (name was used so to not offend anyone) pirate shows then don't give it to them.
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