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If you watch CR in front of a big screen TV off of a computer, then I highly recommend using Kodi with CR plugin instead of going off of the CR website. (Kodi is a media center program, formerly called XBMC)

There are just two reasons:

1. Framerate:

I've always found some framerate problems with CR website. It's not noticeable if you're on a smaller screen, but when you're looking at a 60" TV every tiny stutter becomes really DISTRACTING.

I know it's not an issue with my PC's I/O because I'm using SSDs. Apparently, whatever decoder Kodi uses performs better because there is no lag/stutter/microstutter of any kind while watching from Kodi with CR plugin.

2. Subtitle rendering:

The web subs are fine on a smaller screen, but on a big screen (I would say over 46"- I'm a little less than 8 feet away from a 60" screen, the minimum distance according to a home theater calculator somewhere) the web sub somes out TOO BIG. Maybe it's personal preference but I like the smaller, higher contrast font served up by Kodi when watching from my TV:

Fate Stay Night UBW ep3 on Chrome browser:



Fate Stay Night UBW ep3 in Kodi with CR plugin:



One thing about Kodi though, is that it doesn't have the slickest interface in the world and can be somewhat cumbersome (see below). The advantages outweigh the cons, however. It's designed to be used with a remote control, and I use a FLIRC usb adapter to control Kodi with a universal remote. Maybe there's a better custom interface that I could download, but I haven't tried the others.

Try it out if you have a PC hooked up to a bigscreen. I also have consoles hooked up to my receiver but it's nice to have options when I need it (e.g. To switch from watching something a movie in Kodi to watching CR in the same program without powering up something else)

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Posted 8/17/15 , edited 4/13/16

nanikore2 wrote:

If you watch CR in front of a big screen TV off of a computer, then I highly recommend using Kodi with CR plugin instead of going off of the CR website. (Kodi is a media center program, formerly called XBMC)

There are just two reasons:

1. Framerate:

I've always found some framerate problems with CR website. It's not noticeable if you're on a smaller screen, but when you're looking at a 60" TV every tiny stutter becomes really DISTRACTING.

I know it's not an issue with my PC's I/O because I'm using SSDs. Apparently, whatever decoder Kodi uses performs better because there is no lag/stutter/microstutter of any kind while watching from Kodi with CR plugin.

2. Subtitle rendering:

The web subs are fine on a smaller screen, but on a big screen (I would say over 46"- I'm a little less than 8 feet away from a 60" screen, the minimum distance according to a home theater calculator somewhere) the web sub somes out TOO BIG. Maybe it's personal preference but I like the smaller, higher contrast font served up by Kodi when watching from my TV:

Fate Stay Night UBW ep3 on Chrome browser:



Fate Stay Night UBW ep3 in Kodi with CR plugin:



One thing about Kodi though, is that it doesn't have the slickest interface in the world and can be somewhat cumbersome (see below). The advantages outweigh the cons, however. It's designed to be used with a remote control, and I use a FLIRC usb adapter to control Kodi with a universal remote. Maybe there's a better custom interface that I could download, but I haven't tried the others.

Try it out if you have a PC hooked up to a bigscreen. I also have consoles hooked up to my receiver but it's nice to have options when I need it (e.g. To switch from watching something a movie in Kodi to watching CR in the same program without powering up something else)


i never heard about kodi until yesterday when my uncle showed it to me but i told him i didn't like it lol
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Posted 8/17/15

nanikore2 wrote:

If you watch CR in front of a big screen TV off of a computer, then I highly recommend using Kodi with CR plugin instead of going off of the CR website. (Kodi is a media center program, formerly called XBMC)

There are just two reasons:

1. Framerate:

I've always found some framerate problems with CR website. It's not noticeable if you're on a smaller screen, but when you're looking at a 60" TV every tiny stutter becomes really DISTRACTING.

I know it's not an issue with my PC's I/O because I'm using SSDs. Apparently, whatever decoder Kodi uses performs better because there is no lag/stutter/microstutter of any kind while watching from Kodi with CR plugin.

2. Subtitle rendering:

The web subs are fine on a smaller screen, but on a big screen (I would say over 46"- I'm a little less than 8 feet away from a 60" screen, the minimum distance according to a home theater calculator somewhere) the web sub somes out TOO BIG. Maybe it's personal preference but I like the smaller, higher contrast font served up by Kodi when watching from my TV:

Fate Stay Night UBW ep3 on Chrome browser:



Fate Stay Night UBW ep3 in Kodi with CR plugin:



One thing about Kodi though, is that it doesn't have the slickest interface in the world and can be somewhat cumbersome (see below). The advantages outweigh the cons, however. It's designed to be used with a remote control, and I use a FLIRC usb adapter to control Kodi with a universal remote. Maybe there's a better custom interface that I could download, but I haven't tried the others.

Try it out if you have a PC hooked up to a bigscreen. I also have consoles hooked up to my receiver but it's nice to have options when I need it (e.g. To switch from watching something a movie in Kodi to watching CR in the same program without powering up something else)


It's like a Crunchyroll application for Windows 10. That was a joke, however thank you for showing me this application.
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Posted 8/17/15 , edited 8/17/15

iambetterthanyou wrote:
i never heard about kodi until yesterday when my uncle showed it to me but i told him i didn't like it lol


Yes, they seriously need to improve the interface and navigation. It's not slick, has this kind of geeky quirky feel to it, as if it's kind of made only for hobbyists (*COUGH*sortalikelinux*COUGH*)


ryan10021 wrote:

It's like a Crunchyroll application for Windows 10. That was a joke, however thank you for showing me this application.


If only CR could make a Windoze app, and make it look/work just like the slick console apps.

Of course, if they could just get rid of framerate problems in browsers, I would just skip this whole exercise and learn to deal with the big subtitles.
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Posted 8/17/15

nanikore2 wrote:


iambetterthanyou wrote:
i never heard about kodi until yesterday when my uncle showed it to me but i told him i didn't like it lol


Yes, they seriously need to improve the interface and navigation. It's not slick, has this kind of geeky quirky feel to it, as if it's kind of made only for hobbyists (*COUGH*sortalikelinux*COUGH*)

You can navigate it with a keyboard, or a gamepad.
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Posted 8/17/15 , edited 8/17/15

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nanikore2 wrote:

Yes, they seriously need to improve the interface and navigation. It's not slick, has this kind of geeky quirky feel to it, as if it's kind of made only for hobbyists (*COUGH*sortalikelinux*COUGH*)

You can navigate it with a keyboard, or a gamepad.


True. It's just that some of the controls aren't as good as it could be. It's kind of hard to explain. Some other quirks are probably due to the plugin itself interacting with the particular version of Kodi (just recently had new version 15 come out), which does stuff like not go to the next episode until I back out of the queue menu and go back in. To me, everything should just be directional inputs plus one select, boom-boom-boom but they didn't make it that way.
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Posted 8/17/15 , edited 8/17/15

nanikore2 wrote:


ryan10021 wrote:


nanikore2 wrote:

Yes, they seriously need to improve the interface and navigation. It's not slick, has this kind of geeky quirky feel to it, as if it's kind of made only for hobbyists (*COUGH*sortalikelinux*COUGH*)

You can navigate it with a keyboard, or a gamepad.


True. It's just that some of the controls aren't as good as it could be. It's kind of hard to explain. Some other quirks are probably due to the plugin itself interacting with the particular version of Kodi (just recently had new version 15 come out), which does stuff like not go to the next episode until I back out of the queue menu and go back in. To me, everything should just be directional inputs plus one select, boom-boom-boom but they didn't make it that way.


I guess I have to agree with you on that front, they did not and it's disappointing.
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ryan10021 wrote:

I guess I have to agree with you on that front, they did not and it's disappointing.


What's funny is that one extremely simple change would improve things greatly:

When at the end of the list of files or episodes, pressing down from there would land the highlight on the "Home" button.

They did the same kind of thing for the "System/power" button on the main menu, so I've no idea why they didn't just do the same for that other button...
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Posted 8/31/15 , edited 8/31/15
I have been using Kodi for some time... Currently using it on my Nexus Player to gain access to both Crunchyroll and Funimation in one easy to use interface...

As for looks, Kodi can be significantly customized to your taste with Skins, although this does time a little time and effort to get the it to look the way you want...

I am currently Bello Fredo and prefer the look over the default interface from AndroidTV.

Here is a video posted online with the Skin I am using

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9LCa3pQC74
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I'm using the Crunchyroll add-on for Kodi and it works great apart from occasional skips in the video. When I play an episode I can sometimes lose a minute or two of video. The skip is sometimes hardly noticeable except the dialog suddenly makes no sense, and I have to hop back to see the missing video. It's annoying, very annoying... Anyone know why this happens and how it can be fixed?
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