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Crunchyroll is Now on Chromecast!

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I love it. My only complaint is that you can only play one video at the time, even in the same series. At least through the browser, I can't get my Android app to cast at all.

It's a big deal if you want to marathon a series, since I believe Netflix will play the next episode on the chromecast but CR won't. I think I might have to still get a Roku or a PS4 to enjoy fullscreen anime.
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This made my night! I've been using a work around to use my Chromecast with Crunchyroll and this simplifies everything! Had to RDP to a desktop PC from my tablet, launch Chrome and cast the tab to Chromecast, then play what I wanted. Then between videos I'd have to reconnect and start the next one. Also saw Xbox One app is incoming so that is another piece of awesome that brightened my day. Thanks for this!
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/5/14

Melkaticox wrote:

Then why would CR available on the PS4 AND PSVita? The Vita has sold like crap, even worse than the Wii U, and the PS4 is at the start of its life cycle...
Also, if the indie support on Wii U is anything to go by, I don't think making a CR app for Wii U can be much of a problem.

If you compare the rate of sales of the PS4 to the Wii U, it blows it out of the water. The PS4 has already sold over 7.8 million units worldwide, despite being on the market since only November. In contrast, the Wii U has been on the market a year longer, but is at just over 6.2 million units sold.

The PS4 app also seems to have just been a recompile of the PS3 app, which meant minimal development cost.


As to the Vita, I still suspect CR had to agree to develop and app for it as a condition of getting on the PS3. Even so, it has sold over 8.2 million units, placing it far ahead of the Wii U (despite your claim to the contrary).


All sales totals are per:
http://www.vgchartz.com/analysis/platform_totals/


You tout indie (game) support on the Wii U, but failed to answer my question: Where are the video services on the Wii U other than the "big 3"? CR is far from the only video streaming service around aside from those, as looking at most other video streaming devices or consoles will make clearly evident.
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/5/14
Reason I love crunchyroll #1: ITS ON EVERYTHING (or making its way onto other things)
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/5/14
Now how about XBMC?
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I was just about to ask you guys about this! AWESOME!!!
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Hopefully we can see the WiiU stream Crunchyroll in the future! Its a possibility! Regardless, thank you CR!
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mrblackwolf wrote: can we get one for the wii u please

Maybe now, with the chromecast out and the XBoxOne coming ... though its not clear whether hiring someone to develop for the Nintendo family is the first priority, maybe they can get someone who can do that as well as work on other applications.

One problem is that limited third part developer support for the Wii U also implies a more limited pool of experienced Wii U programmers. AFAIU, the Nintendo development toolchain is not the best, and support from Nintendo of third party developers is somewhat lacking.


Melkaticox wrote: Then why would CR available on the PS4 AND PSVita? The Vita has sold like crap, even worse than the Wii U, and the PS4 is at the start of its life cycle...

PS4 because its selling like hotcakes. As far as the PS Vita, it is Sony. Given the number of Aniplex titles that Crunchyroll streams, they'll be wanting to be on Sony's good side. Plus it was rumored to be close to finished a year back until they ran into bugs with the OS that they couldn't work around ... so it may have been mostly a case of those operating system bugs being closed so that the work they had already done was able to be released.


Also, if the indie support on Wii U is anything to go by, I don't think making a CR app for Wii U can be much of a problem.

By Indie support, you mean independent streaming support? There doesn't seem to be any. It all looks only the biggest companies with the biggest subscriber bases are able to justify the expanse of supporting the system as a streaming platform.

Actually, not just independents.
Vudu is on PS3, XBox360, Roku, Chromecast, some smart TV's and bluray players, iPad and Android ... not Wii U.
WatchESPN is on FireTV, Fire & Android, iPad, Android, Chromecast, Roku, Windows 8, Xbox1 and XBox360 ... not Wii U.
Vimeo is on iPhone & iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Fire TV, AppleTV, XBoxLive, Samsung TV, Samsung BluRay, Roku, GoogleTV, Boxee, WD TV Media Players, Panasonic Viera HDTVs, Phillips Smart TV, LG TV and OUYA ... not Wii U.

Nintendo has addressed its earlier problems with developer toolchains with the Webkit based Nintendo Web Framework (aka Bamboo) and in getting the Unity game engine on the Wii U, which is the source of the new wave of indie games on the system that you are referring to, but no sign that they have the equivalent for streaming video applications.
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/5/14
Tried using the app today but it wouldn't work with my chromecast. Netflix and YouTube works fine, probably some bugs need to be fixed. I would prefer using Chromecast because too many load screens on the Roku and sometimes shows freezes when i watch it online.
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FINALLY!!, best news of the day!! thanks guys
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I still don't understand why everyone is so happy with a 720p stream or less on what amounts to high-end equipment. The PS4 can support 1080p content without blinking, and I'm fairly sure that the 1080p flash streams we get on PC won't cause the Chromecast any issues. Even flagship phones for the past two years can support 1080p streams, yet we get the stupid "preparing for your device" message when it isn't even needed. Can someone with some authority explain why the need to degrade the quality like so?
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Thanks for the Chromecast support T_T
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Posted 6/5/14 , edited 6/5/14

theFear99 wrote:

Tried using the app today but it wouldn't work with my chromecast. Netflix and YouTube works fine, probably some bugs need to be fixed.

Do you mean the cast button didn't appear in the app, or some other problem? If the former, restarting the device is sometimes required. (I had to do it for my iOS device, but not my Android device).

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Posted 6/5/14 , edited 6/5/14
The cast button shows up on the app and when I press it the pop up it does come up asking me to connect to my chromecast but the video doesn't show on the TV. I restarted my Nexus 4 and still didn't play on the TV.
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I JUST CRIED. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS ALL WEEK!
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