Post Reply New Crunchyroll App for offline viewingYeah, my idea is fairly simple in theory and could require quite some time to wor
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Posted 1/18/18 , edited 1/18/18
Yeah, my idea is fairly simple in theory and could require quite some time to work around. However, I think this is something that a lot of people would be interested in.

The idea is as follows:

The creation of a Crunchyroll media player app that would work in a similar way as Amazon's Kindle or other eBook providers. In other words, the Crunchyroll player app would allow its premium users to download encrypted and DRM locked video files that can only be opened and read through the Crunchyroll application whose account has a valid premium membership. The idea behind this is for premium members to be able to download some of their favorite series to watch on the go or download unwatched episodes from their queue.

In general, I think this would add a lot more portability and convenience for the users. Especially those who travel or are abroad for long period of times and do not have a constant internet connection. This could also possibly lead Crunchyroll to being able to sell the digital copies of their anime for a cheaper cost than the physical one while enforcing the DRM/encryption on their files to limit piracy to its minimum.

I am a programmer myself, I understand that it would be a costly procedure, however it would give Crunchyroll an edge and a unique feature that their competitors (funimation, Netflix and amazon) do not have. Albeit, if it is done it should be done properly and have functional applications for windows, mac, Linux, PS vita, Switch, android and IOS to cover as many users as possible.

Oh and also, I guess, that since internet connection is required to verify if an account has a premium membership I suppose a time restraint has to be imposed on the offline viewing of downloaded material. For example, in offline mode the application will give you access to the offline material downloaded on the computer for up to let’s say seven days before asking the user to connect to the entire to verify the status of their account.

I would be interested to see what other users think of this idea and whether they would also like to have an application that would offer them the opportunity to watch their anime offline.
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Posted 1/18/18 , edited 1/18/18
They already have that (USA only) if you link your account to one on VRV.co, and it is supposed to come here, too, but they didn't make it "by the end of 2017" hope that everyone had.

The VRV version doesn't work too well on my Android tablet, though. It won't show subtitles. Hopefully they are refining it better before they bring it to the CR apps.
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Mastr_Hyperion98 wrote:

I am a programmer myself, I understand that it would be a costly procedure, however it would give Crunchyroll an edge and a unique feature that their competitors (funimation, Netflix and amazon) do not have.

That is incorrect. Amazon was one of the first companies to implement offline viewing, with Netflix following. Both companies restrict it to certain (mobile) devices, and it isn't available for every title.

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It is true, but even though they have it in place as you mention it is not available for all titles! Which is one of the requirements of my proposal. Therefore. my statement is in fact correct! I did mention a limit on time that the product can be viewed without having an internet connection, but I did not mention a constraint on titles. Something which according to your statement neither Amazon or Netflix has. Also, I did not know that Amazon gave offline access to certain titles within its video prime line-up. Perhaps it is another regional constraint.
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Posted 1/20/18 , edited 1/20/18

Mastr_Hyperion98 wrote:

It is true, but even though they have it in place as you mention it is not available for all titles! Which is one of the requirements of my proposal. Therefore. my statement is in fact correct! I did mention a limit on time that the product can be viewed without having an internet connection, but I did not mention a constraint on titles. Something which according to your statement neither Amazon or Netflix has. Also, I did not know that Amazon gave offline access to certain titles within its video prime line-up. Perhaps it is another regional constraint.


In order to offer (temporary) offline copies of the content, a certain type of license is required. That type of license isn't always part of the deal, and may not be easily added on in some cases. This means that certain series will never be available for offline viewing, even though the companies readily offer it for other content.
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Posted 1/20/18 , edited 1/20/18
That is true! It is why I said it would be a costly and hard. I don't think it would be possible for all the series that are already released because that would just cause to many issues in terms of license rights as you mentioned. However, I think that with some hard work and persuasion it would at least be possible to get the new simulcasts. This was just an idea, that may however, never see the day because there are too many constraints.
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