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I like CR the most, then Hulu, then Funimation, and then Netflix.

I like CR the most cause they simulcast ongoings shows quickly and ongoing shows are the majority of what I watch. Funi and Hulu are also streaming some I am watching this season and have in previous seasons.

Then Netflix is where I like to go to binge a series or an anime movie, since I don't watch as much completed stuff as I do ongoing this is why Netflix is last.
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CR and Netflix.
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For me, anything but Hulu. I hate that I can't block ads on their site and the fact that you have to pay for the most expensive monthly sub to watch videos ad free. I absolutely refuse to use that streaming service.
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I only really use CR. I have my mom's netflix password, but I haven't used that other than to watch Black Butler over and over again. For Funi I just wait to get the blu-ray release of anything I want.
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Posted 10/21/15 , edited 10/21/15
When it comes to streaming anime, I started with Hulu but got frustrated with the ads and the breaking point came when a certain anime series I was in the middle of watching suddenly disappeared (more specifically a certain chunk of episodes.). At that point, I didn't understand why I would continue paying a subscription fee for such service.

I cancelled my membership with Hulu and signed up with Crunch Roll and later on Funimation premium services when the PS4 apps became available for both services.

I have Netflix but don't really use it to watch anime. I literally have seen every single series it has to offer.
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Posted 10/21/15 , edited 10/21/15
Anything that does not involve hulu. I even put up with Daisuki's video player from hell. The fact you pay for hulu and you still get ads is dumb. There is an "ad-free" option for 4$ more a month but some shows STILL have ads. I'm so tempted to just drop hulu altogether soon. Plus I can get simulcasts off Daisuki, CR, and Funi. So why keep an app I rarely use anymore?

But if I were to rank them I'd say CR, Funi, Netflix, Daisuki, Hulu. There is also The Anime Network but I've never used it.
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Does Adblock work on Hulu?
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bathroom64 wrote:

Does Adblock work on Hulu?


Sometimes. But, it will usually give you an error message telling you to turn it off.
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Assuming this is referring to living-room game console/set-top-box bigscreen viewing and tablet, since nobody's watched TV on their desktop for the last six years:

Crunchyroll has the quality anime, not to mention the newest.
The big popular series are immediately snapped up by Funimation.com, but there's nothing that justifies a Funi.com subscription.
Especially since Funi ends up sending most of their dubbed series out to Netflix, Viewster and Hulu anyway, so there's very little place you can't see it.

Hulu, despite having no movies at all except for Criterion, has a collected grab bag of just about every anime series from Crunchyroll, Funi, Neon Alley and Anime Channel, and some dating back five years.
Basically, get CR for the new stuff, get Netflix for the classic US TV reruns (Hulu's got a nice selection too), and get Hulu for the backlog of every other series you might have ever missed.

("Eww, but it's got commercials!"...Well, yeah. But after five years without commercials, I've recently gotten on Hulu, and I'm starting to appreciate the "breather" of a snack/rest-stop break. Even showing that Jet Blue pigeon ad twice per every episode isn't as bad as I thought it'd be.)
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Posted 10/21/15 , edited 10/21/15
Netflix has better anime than Crunchyroll but crunchyroll has more anime. Crunchyroll is certianly quantity over quality when it comes to anime - usually picking up the best anime of the season and then nothing else that's interesting. However, crunchyroll takes the things that go unnoticed. As a person who supports anime piracy, I like this approach but unless crunchyroll manages to get it's US library worldwide then piracy is still necessary.

Netflix also has far better service. I forced my friend Rory to watch GATE (a big coincedence which made for a very funny night and a way for us to constantly tease him) and the majority of the night was spent watching adverts that either didn't concern us (like american gun saftey despite most firearms being banned in the UK) while our night watching Full Metal Alchemist on Netflix was advert free. I know that Netflix is paid rather than Crunchyroll's free but they didn't have the black friday sale - which was necessary for a UK viewer due to the fact that we don't get a full library. Netflix has a much larger variety and is therefor worth it. I know Crunchyroll are trying to change this but they have been unsuccessful so far - albiet they're getting there. I think if this season was any good (anime as a whole hasn't been too good in the last 3 or so seasons) it'd be worth it but as of right now it isn't. At the very least, crunchyroll should show more adverts more randomised because we got unrelated adverts consitantly - often the same ones over and over again. I mean, I know I'm now a free user and not deserving of a voice but at the very least give us a little bit of variety when it comes to our torture.

Hulu and funimation aren't available in the UK so I can't comment on those.
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Posted 10/21/15 , edited 10/21/15
Hulu for overall (because it has almost everything from every licensor in the US), CR for Simulcasts, and then Funimation for the rest, although Funimation does put most of its stuff on Hulu too, eventually.

TAN and Viz do exist, but I've never found them worth my money. Funimation charges less money (I think around $4?) for a sub-only elite access, so there's that too.

Edit: Netflix has a surprising amount of anime too as of late, but I mostly use them for all the non-anime watching. And also for watching Wakfu. Also, Daisuki's getting better, but they don't have an ad-free pay option, so I don't use it that much.
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Posted 10/21/15
If you can only use one or are willing to only pay for one, Hulu is the best, as it gets almost all of FUNi's simulcasts, and because it gets all of Aniplex's and Sentai's licensed shows it gets nearly all of CR's worth while seasonal simulcasts, plus it gets Daisuki shows before CR(see God Eater and Iron-Blooded Orphans for examples), and anything Viz gets, unless it appears on Daisuki as well, are more or less exclusive to Hulu(because who honestly uses Neon Alley?).

The ideal is to have CR and Hulu both, but if you rather just use one service, Hulu is easily the best value for an anime viewer, even if they have to wait a couple of weeks for the Sentai shows and sometimes a week for the FUNi shows.
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Between CR and Funi most stuff is covered for me. Netflix gets something unexpectedly good once in a blue moon. Funi and Netflix have better players but Netflix has worse sub presentation and Funi has worse queue management/video management than CR. My main beef with the CR player is how easily it times out if you pause anything and the occasional problem starting streams on new episodes.

I hate Hulu though and Hulu hates me because I'm not American.

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Posted 10/22/15
I'm Canadian and Netflix doesn't simulcast so CR and Funi are my best picks.
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bathroom64 wrote:

Does Adblock work on Hulu?


You'll get a message asking you to disable it if you use adblock or UBlock Origin, because if your a free user that's the only way they generate revenue

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