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Posted 12/17/16
I have seen a couple of these posts going back a few years. I find it a little odd that there is no option to alter the subtitles. I can do this on netflix quick and easy. I can also do it in VLC. It is a little strange that Crunchyroll, which I feel like relies heavily on me being able to read the text quite clearly, does not give this option.

So one of two options, I may be blind or they have just been ignoring this every time it pops up in the forums. So any help? Am I just missing it?

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shardbearer wrote:

I have seen a couple of these posts going back a few years. I find it a little odd that there is no option to alter the subtitles. I can do this on netflix quick and easy. I can also do it in VLC. It is a little strange that Crunchyroll, which I feel like relies heavily on me being able to read the text quite clearly, does not give this option.

So one of two options, I may be blind or they have just been ignoring this every time it pops up in the forums. So any help? Am I just missing it?



Netflix' subtitle support is really dumbed down compared to ours. They use a much less advanced tool to create and display them than us. That's why switching the color and some other settings for the whole subtitle track is very easy for them. Some of the more advanced features, like signs positioned at place of the actual sign, in the respective color, would certainly break, if we allowed the viewer to change the whole track.
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It's not going to happen for non-PC devices (or the Universal Windows App), at least, because those all have hard-encoded subs (for streaming usability and programming simplicity reasons). It would require encoding and saving a different file for every existing resolution for every existing language for every different device file-type format (extension) and then for every additional font choice, and another for each different size... This is also why they do not offer a "no-subs" option for devices.

Changing the web player, which is the only version which has soft subs (and suffers for it with stream stalling and freezing for some amount of users), that would fall under capital expenditure improvements and changes, since that player is still Flash. It would be a waste to spend time bothering with any changes to that existing player, since Flash is ultimately inefficient and doomed at some future point, albeit maybe later than sooner...

Maybe if they ever decide to roll out something new (in HTML5, for instance) to replace the current flash player, they should consider it as part of that effort, but don't hold your breath...there have been only a couple minor positive site changes over the past several years. Most of the changes of late have been rearranging or removing features which have a cost of resources to maintain, which do not provide anything measurable themselves in terms of actual subscription increases.

Since CR became Corporate/Venture Capitalist owned, that model of business operation comes with essentially: "You have to prove to me the projected revenue increase before you will get approval to make any capital expenditures on programming changes", a policy which results in doing mostly things that cut costs rather than making new feature niceties, which merely make existing clients happier, and don't really add much difference in incentive for new gains (not provable ones, anyway). Software changes for a full blown paying service under corporate ownership model are not the same thing as having one rogue programmer loose and free to just do some quick and dirty fix just because it is "easy".

IOW, if I'm deciding whether or not to subscribe to CR, the option of having multiple subtitle fonts isn't really going to sway my decision one way or another... You won't ever hear anyone say "Oh, if only I could see subtitles in Comic Sans, I'd suddenly change my mind and rush to subscribe. That's the only reason I don't pay for the service now." Or at least, if there are people saying that, there aren't enough of them to offset the cost of paying staff to go through the red-tape infused corporate cycle of development it would take to do it.
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I am watching on my computer, which is hooked to a tv for when bed. /wrists
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16

shardbearer wrote:

I am watching on my computer, which is hooked to a tv for when bed. /wrists


If it's a Smart TV, you can probably more easily screen share to it from one of our mobile apps. The subtitles on the app versions are slightly larger and easier to read from afar.
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So your saying I should use my playstation instead of my computer to watch? Will take a look at that.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16

shardbearer wrote:

So your saying I should use my playstation instead of my computer to watch? Will take a look at that.


A PlayStation will do fine, too! Subs on that are more suited for output on a large screen.
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