Disenchanted with streamed anime

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.

Funimation streaming service review

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.

Streaming anime on Funimation


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.

Using HDMI on the Samsung Droid Charge

I’ve been watching Crunchyroll on my phone which comes in handy when I’m not home.  The screen is a bit small which leads to eye strain after prolonged use.  I was curious about using the phone’s HDMI.  The Samsung Droid Charge (SCH-i510) comes with a HDMI port.  You’ll need a HDMI to HDMI Type D (micro) cable.  The micro HDMI resembles your phone’s micro USB cable.  You’ll also need a 1080 capable HDTV.

Initially, I purchased a Sigmac 15″ HDTV (480-1080i) for my phone however no video appeared.  The TV flashed 1080i once hooked up but no picture.  Then I purchased a Samsung T22B350ND 21.5″ LED.  It worked fine.  I was watching Squid Girl on a TV screen 5 times bigger than my phone’s with easy to read subtitles.

Picture Quality

Don’t expect 1080 HDMI quality.  It’s not even DVD quality.  It sort of looks like a low resolution YouTube video with jagged lines and pixelation.  The only purpose the HDMI serves is to screen capture your phone and enlarge it to your TV screen.

Quality comparison of Droid Charge HDMI
Quality comparison of Droid Charge HDMI (View image @ 100% for detail)

More Crunchyroll membership passes

If you’d like to try Crunchyroll, you’re free to use these passes.  Go to Crunchyroll and enter these codes when you sign up.

Crunchyroll Passes
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#2 7HBA7SHNS6T All-Access Guest Pass – 48 Hours expired
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