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Funimation’s streaming is just horrible (constant buffering, pixelation). There’s a strategy some some web sites use called “miserable users” designed to drive away unwanted users–That’s exactly what Funimation’s streaming service is like. You experience so many glitches and playback problems on Funimation that you want to leave. I’m going to start watching more BDs and DVDs to save my sanity. Streaming technology is still half-baked to be enjoyable or practical. Streaming is a last resort.
I’ve been a Funimation.com member for 2 years now. Their streaming started out ok. They hosted their videos from Hulu. I hate Hulu because of commercials and poor video quality. Funimation started hosting their own videos and that’s where the trouble started. They advertise SD, 720 and 1080 streaming. I’ve routinely experience trouble streaming at 1080 and there’s times video will constantly be interrupted at SD.
My current internet speed is 62 Mbps which should be more than sufficient for HD streaming. I tried to watch Shimoneta ep. 6 at 1080 but playback was constantly interrupted. This was an ethernet connection. I had to watch on SD with a few interruptions due to buffering.
Funimation’s streaming is terrible. I’m also paying $8.00/month for this. Crunchyroll doesn’t have these problems. I watch their videos at 1080 without problems most of the time.
Funimation hosted their anime no Hulu (known for their obligatory adverts) which was an immediate turnoff for me. Since then I discovered Funimation is hosting anime themselves. A paid membership will get rid of commercials. Barakamon was the first show I added to my queue. I’ve also added other shows not available on Crunchyroll like Psycho-pass, Dangan Ronpa, and To aru Kagaku no Railgun.
My Tenso package arrived today.
I replaced my 50″ Pioneer Elite plasma with an 80″ Sharp AQUOS LED. I like the picture better on the plasma–The picture was clear and bright at any angle. You have to be sitting directly in front of the LED to see clearly. Also, the Sharp’s color seems unnatural. It takes some getting used to. The Sharp is perfect for anime though. It’s nice watching Crunchyroll on a tv this big at 1080i. I’m using a Mac Mini. You might see it below the screen.
Sword of the Stranger is one of the few anime I’ve seen at the theater. I’ve also seen Ghost In The Shell (1995) and Cowboy Bebop (2001).