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Now I know people have discussed this briefly but here are my honest thoughts. A couple of months ago, FUNimation decided to discontinue their 24/7 channel and in turn swap to a newer streaming app called FUNimationNow. The FUNimationNow app now comes with 2 subscription options, one with is a sub pass for those who want to only view the subtitle anime shows and movies and OVAs while the second one is for all access to their new "Broadcast Dubs" with allows subscribers to watch all the subs and uncut dubs to their liking along with movies, tv episodes and OVAs (I think, plz correct me if I'm wrong) plus unlike their original paid FUNimation app, it doesn't have any ads as far as I've seen so far. I've seen a few of their new Boradcast dubs and regular uncut dubs such as Assassination Classroom, And You Never Thought There Was a Girl Online, My Hero Academia and many others. So far I think they're doing well as of now and if they have a few censored simulcasting episodes, I'm sure they'll release the uncut and uncensored versions on their Home Media DVD and Blu Ray combo packs. So what do you all think of the new FUNimationNow streaming app available for iOS, Android, Roku, Windows 10 and other sources? Plz explain your reasons with details and thank you for your time.

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(Speaking as someone who isn't a Funimation subscriber)

As someone from the UK, I am extremely grateful for Funimation to finally branch out of NA. However, after multiple delays in the launch of the service, constant reported problems about their website and playback service, no PayPal payment options, no console apps (which I believe were scheduled for May) and overall a pretty poor service.

Yes, I understand that it is pretty much a new service and that FunimationNow came the UK first, but is it really that difficult for Funimation to just bring over the American apps until they get the new ones finished. As for PayPal, when they do decide to answer a PayPal related question on their Facebook page they usually say "Coming in the next few weeks" or "still in progress"

When they do finally "catch up" with NA, I seriously hope Funimation will be a good service....
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Jagdtiger1 wrote:
> (Speaking as someone who isn't a Funimation subscriber)
> overall a pretty poor service.


These kind of contradict each other, haha.

I mean, you would need to sub to it to tell for yourself at least. If you are saying the anecdotal evidence gives you that impression, then that's understandable.

Anyhow, as to when they will catch up to NA. Actually, the UK I believe has the beta site for FUNiNow but NA currently is still on the old FUNi platform for their website (the FUNiNow one is not live in the USA yet at least). Apps in NA are the FUNiNow ones, though.

FUNi stated a while back their current ETA for having FUNiNow ready with the new features is around September 2016. That was delayed from Spring/Early Summer 2016 initially so they could further bug test things and re-encode the video library for better quality.

http://www.funimation.com/blog/2016/05/23/check-out-whats-next-for-funimationnow/


Check Out What’s Next for FunimationNow
Posted by Funimation on 05/23/2016 at 1:30pm


This year has been all about giving Funimation fans who like to stream their anime the most extraordinary experience we can. We started out in January with a new logo and a new name for our streaming service: FunimationNow. Since then we’ve been constantly rolling out new changes, and we’ve got a big slate of announcements to share with you!

In March we released all new mobile apps for iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 10. Many of you have downloaded the new apps, and we appreciate all the love and feedback you’ve sent our way. More updates and upgrades are coming to the mobile apps every day, so make sure you’re always watching on the latest versions. And, if you’re going to meet us at a con, make sure you download your app and log in, because we’re going to have special rewards for fans who show us they’re FunimationNow subscribers! Also in March, we launched the beta site for FunimationNow in the UK. We’re so excited to welcome a whole new group of fans to Funimation, and we want to thank everyone who has shared their fandom with us from across the pond!

Coming up next we’ve got two more FunimationNow apps to release, with Amazon Fire TV coming in a few weeks, and Apple TV in June (both in the US and the UK). We’re excited to move to the big screen for anime fans by bringing the first ever anime streaming app to Amazon Fire TV and on tvOS for the new Apple TV! Add that to the broadcast dubs of great shows like My Hero Academia and And you thought there was never a girl online? coming out, and you’re going to need to schedule some serious anime couch time.

In September, we’ll be launching a totally re-imagined website, with an incredible experience for desktop users of FunimationNow. Get ready to share your favorite clips with your friends, shop for new merchandise, and post to our forums — all while you’re watching. This is coming out later than we planned, but there’s a really good reason: we’re re-encoding our massive library to show each video in its best possible picture quality AND switching from hard to soft subtitles. When we launch in September, over half of our catalog will be using soft subtitles, and we expect to have everything converted by the end of this year. That’s right: no more hard-sub picture quality issues anymore! Plus, you’ll be able to turn subtitles off and watch with just the Japanese audio if you speak that language (or if you’re learning!).

September will also see new apps for all the consoles we support: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We’re also proud to announce we’re adding the PS Vita to our lineup, so fans will have a whole new handheld way to watch their favorite shows. We know a lot of you will ask about Nintendo devices, and we’re researching what we can do with our new platform to release on the Wii U or 3DS – we should have more updates on that soon.

Watching your favorite anime anytime and anywhere has never been easier – and it’s about to get even better on FunimationNow. Thanks for all your support so far, and we can’t wait for the weeks ahead!


As for my experience with FUNi. It has been mostly positive but some negative here and there, too. Main issue I have is some macroblocking video noise on the web player (old FUNi site not Now) a minute or so in to watching (lasts like 5 seconds at most but is still annoying. It does not happen on their apps). Other than that, I noticed a few shows that were censored instead of uncensored after the home video release streeted. In those cases I alerted support and they got back to me quickly and fixed the issue by swapping in the uncensored assets. The Windows 10 app is a bit buggy for me, too. It works great when it works but the app window freezes during playback a lot and makes me have to force quit the app. To be fair, the Windows 10 app CR released also gives me issues with not playing videos or not recognizing I'm connected to the internet at times as well. The Roku app for FUNi works well, but sadly is not linked with the queue on the website, so I have to manually remember the episodes I watched when I watch on it for now (should be fixed with the September update). The android app works great. It is by far the best experience with FUNiNow. Have not had any issue with that thus far.
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sonic720 wrote:


Jagdtiger1 wrote:
> (Speaking as someone who isn't a Funimation subscriber)
> overall a pretty poor service.


These kind of contradict each other, haha.

I mean, you would need to sub to it to tell for yourself at least. If you are saying the anecdotal evidence gives you that impression, then that's understandable.

Anyhow, as to when they will catch up to NA. Actually, the UK I believe has the beta site for FUNiNow but NA currently is still on the old FUNi platform for their website (the FUNiNow one is not live in the USA yet at least). Apps in NA are the FUNiNow ones, though.

FUNi stated a while back their current ETA for having FUNiNow ready with the new features is around September 2016. That was delayed from Spring/Early Summer 2016 initially so they could further bug test things and re-encode the video library for better quality.


I guess it was a bit of a contradiction

Of course though, I have used the FuniNow site quite a bit and it takes a pretty long time to do anything, but once they fix themselves up I guess I can start complaining...

I never knew that you were still using the old site whilst using the new apps as it seems a bit strange to have the smaller fanbase testing all the new stuff (It's sort of like a lot of UK anime fans don't know that they're here). Also, is NA using old or new console apps?

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Jagdtiger1 wrote:
Also, is NA using old or new console apps?


I think the game console apps are still the old ones. Not entirely sure, though, since I only use the Roku (still the old app) or mobile (the new app) outside of PC streaming (old website but FUNiNow for Windows 10 app).

http://www.funimation.com/p/apps


Gaming Consoles

Turn your gaming console into the ultimate entertainment machine when you watch anime on the apps available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. New console app updates coming soon!


The bold text would seem to imply people are still waiting for the new apps there.
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Since it looks like Funi is no longer putting their shows on Hulu for me to watch, I have to say that their new service, for me, is Unlimited Downvote Works. ... I refuse to get a separate Funi subscription.
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Others have said it well so far but to me, the service is average for me at best.

The quality (see Regalia the Sacred Stars) isn't very good with the coloring, occasionally video stops, and somehow, they forget to upload certain episodes on time for some shows. The APP on mobile device also stops in the middle for whatever reason at times as well. The good stuff? I kinda like the queue they added as it's easier to find shows and they have decent sound quality.
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Wait, there's been a change or something? I was just using my Funimation app on PS4 like I do every day, and there was nothing different... And I haven't received any notices about changes to my subscription... I'm confused
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Biggest plus Funi has for me is that I can pause the web app and it will actually buffer many minutes of video (compared to cruncy's which is maybe 10sec).

There are always times when either my connection is spotty or (any of) these services servers get overloaded, and I'd much rather pause the video and do something else for a little while (Funi) rather than suffer through fits and starts until the problem clears up (Crunchy).
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I found Funimation searching quite odd and chunky.

I won't use something with horrible layouts and odd navigation, and I definitely wouldn't use something that makes me work for entertainment. Sort of defeats the purpose.
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I've been hearing about the rebranding of their streaming service for the past couple of months now but haven't seen any difference whether it's through my tablet or on my PS4 other than seeing their new "funimation Now" visual before the start of an episode.
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5085trunks wrote:

I've been hearing about the rebranding of their streaming service for the past couple of months now but haven't seen any difference whether it's through my tablet or on my PS4 other than seeing their new "funimation Now" visual before the start of an episode.


Nothing changed with the PS4 app yet to my knowledge, it should still be the old one. FUNi did replace the mobile apps with FUNiNow ones, though. How long ago did you install the app on your tablet? The FUNimationNow app has been out for several months now. Have you downloaded the new app on your tablet?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Funimation.FunimationNow

The old one was called "FUNimation Free" for the non paid version or just "FUNimation" for the paid version. The new one is called "FunimationNow" and I had to download it separately from the old free one (it was not just an update to the old one but a new app entirely).


jcal94 wrote:

Wait, there's been a change or something? I was just using my Funimation app on PS4 like I do every day, and there was nothing different... And I haven't received any notices about changes to my subscription... I'm confused


No change on PS4 yet to my knowledge. See my posts above for more details. The one where I link to FUNi's blog talks in depth about the changes thus far and when to expect more (most being touted for release around September 2016 at this point).
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I've got a UK Funimation subscription, but I'm struggling with it to be honest.

Before I started using the Crunchyroll Playstation app, I was happy with my PC, but once I'd experienced streaming to a 37" TV, there was no going back.

In general though, I find the Funimation streams to be dramatically lower resolution than that of Crunchyroll, and they put those black bars on as well.
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In general though, I find the Funimation streams to be dramatically lower resolution than that of Crunchyroll, and they put those black bars on as well.


I've never seen any black bars on FUNi's service using any apps or the site (unless they are intentionally a part of the show like Ninja Slayer). What app are you streaming from and seeing black bars, also what show and episode? Can you post a screencap?

The low resolution thing is normal when a stream first starts up. It auto adjusts to HD in a few seconds once it has buffered if your internet service can handle HD streams. I notice it with both CR and FUNi on certain apps.
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There are two things about Funi's new app that irritate me. First is that the menu screens are stuck in landscape orientation, even when my tablet is set for portrait orientation. I like viewing everything other than a currently playing video in portrait orientation.

Second is the app can't seem to remember that I have an account and was logged in. Almost every single time I open the app, it makes me sign in again. None of the other apps I use make me do that (e.g., CR, Netflix, any of the Amazon apps). Netflix will have me resign in, but the instances are months apart. Not potentially multiple times a day like with Funi.

There are some basic and common app functionalities that Funi's app just doesn't have.

Also, they're really slow about updating, so I watch shows on the browser site half the time anyways.
Though must say it's nice that the browser player works on a tablet.
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