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Crunchyroll has reduced bitrate by 40-70%, damaging video quality to save money
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Posted 3/11/17 , edited 3/13/17
So.... I just canceled my recurring payment, I love anime too much to watch it in garbage quality.

Ill still stop by to read the news feed. lol
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Posted 3/11/17 , edited 3/13/17
The difference is too large not to notice and it is pretty awful. It might be useful for someone with a slow connection, but they need to provide the option instead of just giving everyone the version with lousy quality. Even 1080p isn't as good as it should be. This not only needs to be fixed ASAP, but we need to hear on the news feed and in the forums that the issue is being worked on.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/15/17


You... you could just not go on it.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17
Didn't someone already post on here that the mods are working on finding out the issue? The OP should update their post as the situation goes on, as it seems half the posters on here don't want to bother digging into a thread to read.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17

Arcsol wrote:

Didn't someone already post on here that the mods are working on finding out the issue? The OP should update their post as the situation goes on, as it seems half the posters on here don't want to bother digging into a thread to read.


I don't know if it's the mods as much as it's some other team who works on the videos. Either way, if the higher ups saying they'll work on finding the issue actually results in the issue being resolved, I will honestly be surprised. Although, now that it's an issue with the videos rather than the site in general, maybe they will get off their asses.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17
Might just be some issue with the conversation maybe. Prolly best to wait a moment and see how things pan out :p
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>downvoted for being a sarcastic ass

gee I wonder why

also, bitching about being downvoted makes it worse. In fact, I'll add mine in.
and before you say anything about that, no I don't browse r/anime
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17

Arcsol wrote:

Didn't someone already post on here that the mods are working on finding out the issue? The OP should update their post as the situation goes on, as it seems half the posters on here don't want to bother digging into a thread to read.

Good idea. Original post updated.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17

Hairbelly wrote:


Arcsol wrote:

Didn't someone already post on here that the mods are working on finding out the issue? The OP should update their post as the situation goes on, as it seems half the posters on here don't want to bother digging into a thread to read.

Good idea. Original post updated.



They still say on twitter that any feedback about it should be posted here as it's easier to keep track of it via the site.

Have to say though, I'm definitely with those who say they'll just pirate if this nonsense continues, I pay for a service to support the anime community and stuff but if I'm going to be taken to be a mug and get terribad quality shows then I'll go back to pirating. I moved to using CR for convenience and to chip in and support something I enjoy but I can get a better product with the same convenience by simply watching it elsewhere apparently and I am not one for paying simply to feel like I'm helping. Oh and before any keyboard warriors get on the high-horse and spout idealistic moral nonsense at me, please DO remember how CR got its start. It is NOT above reproach and NOT in a position to condemn piracy lmao.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17
This has been a poorly guarded secret. It's understandable that most people don't follow industry people, but it's been circling for awhile now that crunchy was finally updating their out of date encoding process and that it was intentionally going to be garbage. It was speculated quite understandably to be for lower cost reasons. I'm sure if this blows up enough for them to walk it back they'll play it off as a one time accident, but PR gonna PR so take it with a grain of salt. Even if that PR has miles' charming face attached to it.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/14/17

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>downvoted for being a sarcastic ass

gee I wonder why

also, bitching about being downvoted makes it worse. In fact, I'll add mine in.
and before you say anything about that, no I don't browse r/anime


Wow...I didn't even look at his posts before, but I find it funny how he's complaining about the "toxic" community when the person replying to his aggressive attitude is the more level-headed one.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17

LordCaiphas wrote:

This has been a poorly guarded secret. It's understandable that most people don't follow industry people, but it's been circling for awhile now that crunchy was finally updating their out of date encoding process and that it was intentionally going to be garbage. It was speculated quite understandably to be for lower cost reasons. I'm sure if this blows up enough for them to walk it back they'll play it off as a one time accident, but PR gonna PR so take it with a grain of salt. Even if that PR has miles' charming face attached to it.


Charming? I find him rather rude and divisive if I'm perfectly honest. Actually unfolllowed him on Twitter for that reason. His tweets scream entitlement and "Wah pirates are bad and only CR is good". His constant attacks on pirate streaming sites are childish and do nothing but bring attention to the site in question (Seriously, I had never heard of that one and while it was a while back I was pretty involved with streaming sites) but not only that, it reeks to high heavens with hypocrisy given that CR was actually one of the sites that he is now complaining about. Legitimately the only difference between Crunchyroll and some of the sites that started around the same time is that CR managed to get backing by a venture capitalist firm and others didn't. Despite this however Miles acts in a vitriolic and spiteful way towards "pirates" without realizing that a more... diplomatic approach is best, especially for a PR guy like him. His tweets over this whole debacle are a prime indication of this. Dismissing it initially as "pirate whining" and now we have the rather strange position that if I as a CR premium member go over to a torrent site or over to HS direct I can get the same content and roughly the same speed in higher quality without paying a penny... what the hell is that all about?
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17
Getting so upset and defensive over a statement of piracy is bad from someone in the industry is more entitled than anything he's ever done.


He's clearly wrong on this, but like I said, PR gonna PR.
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Posted 3/12/17 , edited 3/12/17
I'm not defending piracy and that's not why I'm irritated, ultimately yes, piracy is bad. That being said however, it is hypocritical working for a site originally based on piracy and going off on people for it. I feel that he needs to control his childish outbursts on the subject and remember that old adage about people in glass houses. What irritated me is that he brushed it off initially as "Oh no, you're a pirate and you're whinging, get lost" when that's not the case. Furthermore, it irritates me that they tried to screw us like this.

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