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I was checking out the piracy thread and noticed a pattern. A lot of people hate how Funimation streaming works. I'm curious about the specifics on this because I don't really have beef with the site.
What is specifically wrong with the site?
What do you want the site to do instead?
Also I think the site's suppose to get a make over later this summer, so maybe there's hope for the way Funimation streams.


Maybe it's because they use the Hulu player and thus isn't international friendly or shall I say, less friendly compared to CrunchyRoll. Yes, CR does have region block, but I don't believe it's for every video whereas FUNimation's probably plays videos for a U.S.-only audience.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

I was kinda curious about this myself. Funimation's website isn't the fastest loading thing in the world, but streaming wise I've never had any problems.

Maybe it's because they use the Hulu player and thus isn't international friendly or shall I say, less friendly compared to CrunchyRoll. Yes, CR does have region block, but I don't believe it's for every video whereas FUNimation's probably plays videos for a U.S.-only audience.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

Yeah, I'm in Canada and I've tried watching videos on Funimation's site, they don't work.

Maybe it's because they use the Hulu player and thus isn't international friendly or shall I say, less friendly compared to CrunchyRoll. Yes, CR does have region block, but I don't believe it's for every video whereas FUNimation's probably plays videos for a U.S.-only audience.
Correct me if I'm wrong.

Yeah, I'm in Canada and I've tried watching videos on Funimation's site, they don't work.

If you use Firefox(I don't know if it exists for Chrome) Get the Mediahint addon. It should get around the region block. I use it for Netflix and it works just fine.

Maybe it's because they use the Hulu player and thus isn't international friendly or shall I say, less friendly compared to CrunchyRoll. Yes, CR does have region block, but I don't believe it's for every video whereas FUNimation's probably plays videos for a U.S.-only audience.
Correct me if I'm wrong.

Yeah, I'm in Canada and I've tried watching videos on Funimation's site, they don't work.

If you use Firefox(I don't know if it exists for Chrome) Get the Mediahint addon. It should get around the region block. I use it for Netflix and it works just fine.

If this works, I will demand your hand in marriage.

It works now. Partly. In the Anime Expo 2013 info panel they are upgrading the site by the end of August.

Let's get someone from Funimation to pop in here and explain where they're heading with things. I'm positive improvements are coming.

Maybe it's because they use the Hulu player and thus isn't international friendly or shall I say, less friendly compared to CrunchyRoll. Yes, CR does have region block, but I don't believe it's for every video whereas FUNimation's probably plays videos for a U.S.-only audience.
Correct me if I'm wrong.

Yeah, I'm in Canada and I've tried watching videos on Funimation's site, they don't work.

Also in Canada and was able to stream just fine before, but not anymore, though i havent visited their site in months.

Maybe they spent all the money/time on making good dubs.

I've had nothing but problems with Funimation's site period.

Whether simply trying to login, search for anime, forum posts and organizing my queue much less watching anything there.

I barely finished Haganai and Highschool DxD S1 there without going insane.

They have so many good titles that I would love to watch/re-watch.

I REALLY want to give them my money for their subscription, but I'm waiting until their announced site upgrade happens.

Until then, all of my Funimation hosted series are going to remain in my Plan to Watch list. Crunchyroll has more than enough content to keep me busy until then. :D


If you use Firefox(I don't know if it exists for Chrome) Get the Mediahint addon. It should get around the region block. I use it for Netflix and it works just fine.

If this works, I will demand your hand in marriage.

Maybe it's because they use the Hulu player

Is that why I cant watch stuff on their site? Hulu HATES my addblock I can't watch stuff on there without turning it off of that site. So will we get the same amount of commercials on Funamation as we do on Hulu?

This may not work but for some VN's I had to change my input language to japanese - this changes nothing but allowed me to play some VN's that didn't otherwise work. Perhaps it would work for this as well? just a thought.

Hey everyone, I work for FUNimation's marketing team and I just wanted to pop in here to maybe shed some light on the thread. Big thanks to Josh for sharing this post with me, so I could help clear up any misconceptions and answer some questions.

We're relaunching FUNimation.com later this summer to provide a better overall experience for our users. One of the main reasons for this is that the traffic to the site has been steadily increasing every month and our current site is having issues handling the large amount consistent traffic. Simply put, it's old architecture that is due for an upgrade and that's what we're doing. A lot of the delay in this transition is because we're not just trying to do a back end upgrade to make the current site more efficient, we're completely redesigning and restructuring the way the site functions.

The new site is being designed for easier use, more personalization, and with more new content regularly. We received a lot of feedback from users on what they would want from a new site (thank you to all of you who helped with this) and we are incorporating most of this feedback into the relaunch. Some of this includes the request for video playlists and queue, better user profiles, more intuitive top nav, etc.

As for Canadian viewers, a lot of these problems will be fixed, as well. Please keep in mind that the region blocking that occurs is on a per show basis. This all depends on what territories we can contractually show a particular title in. While we always strive to get USA & Canada rights when we license a show, there are some cases where that just doesn't happen and we, unfortunately, have to region block it. When viewing from Canada, though, the default player is the one our site provides, not Hulu's, and that is one of the main concerns we are addressing for our international fans.

Okay, sorry for the wall of text, everyone. I hope this clears things up a bit. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask them and i'll answer them as best as I can.

If you use Firefox(I don't know if it exists for Chrome) Get the Mediahint addon. It should get around the region block. I use it for Netflix and it works just fine.

If this works, I will demand your hand in marriage.

I didn't work with my version of firefox. So no marriage for you. Hola Unblocker

will work for the current firefox and chrome.

Hey everyone, I work for FUNimation's marketing team and I just wanted to pop in here to maybe shed some light on the thread. Big thanks to Josh for sharing this post with me, so I could help clear up any misconceptions and answer some questions.
We're relaunching FUNimation.com later this summer to provide a better overall experience for our users. One of the main reasons for this is that the traffic to the site has been steadily increasing every month and our current site is having issues handling the large amount consistent traffic. Simply put, it's old architecture that is due for an upgrade and that's what we're doing. A lot of the delay in this transition is because we're not just trying to do a back end upgrade to make the current site more efficient, we're completely redesigning and restructuring the way the site functions.

The new site is being designed for easier use, more personalization, and with more new content regularly. We received a lot of feedback from users on what they would want from a new site (thank you to all of you who helped with this) and we are incorporating most of this feedback into the relaunch. Some of this includes the request for video playlists and queue, better user profiles, more intuitive top nav, etc.

As for Canadian viewers, a lot of these problems will be fixed, as well. Please keep in mind that the region blocking that occurs is on a per show basis. This all depends on what territories we can contractually show a particular title in. While we always strive to get USA & Canada rights when we license a show, there are some cases where that just doesn't happen and we, unfortunately, have to region block it. When viewing from Canada, though, the default player is the one our site provides, not Hulu's, and that is one of the main concerns we are addressing for our international fans.

Okay, sorry for the wall of text, everyone. I hope this clears things up a bit. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask them and i'll answer them as best as I can.

It's cool to see someone from the funimation marketing team over here. Thanks for your input. I myself used to be subscribed to funimation but had a slew of issues with it, and I'm apart of those who sent in feedback. But a lot of the issues myself and many others had weren't with convenience things like ques or updated profiles/navigation, but with the fundamental part of watching anything on the site: funimation's video player. The hulu videos worked fine for me when watching the free videos, although I didn't like the commercials. So when I upgraded for the additional content and no commercials, I was exposed to the funimation player, which is pretty much unusable. I can't tell you specifically why any of this goes wrong, but it will not play on my PC, simply freeze up right from the beginning. I barely made through a few shows on my phone, because it worked there, but it crashed constantly. Another huge issue aside from the video player was that the site felt like it was down all the time.

I know it works for some people, and I know my PC and internet aren't really that good. You'd put two and two together and assume that it's because my PC/internet is horrible, but my junk computer and crap connection flawlessly plays 720p HD anime on Crunchyroll/Hulu/Netflix/pretty much anywhere else, and I've never had issues with crashing while watching on my phone.

So your two issues here:

1) unusable video player which needs to be scrapped really

2) constant downtime which if you are beefing the site up as you say you are, it should be able to handle the traffic that it gets.

Once you fix those two core issues, that's when I think we should be worried about convenience, features, and show selection. Now lets compare your amount of shows, price of membership, and amount of simulcasts to the main player in the anime streaming game, Crunchyroll. Funimation has about 300 shows available, and that's fantastic. However Crunchyroll has about 350. And Funimation's elite membership is $8/mo, while Crunchyroll's premium membership is $7/mo. Furthermore, Funimation only has 8 simulcast shows, while Crunchyroll has 33 simulcasts.

Crunchyroll has ~50 more shows.

Crunchyroll is $1 less expensive.

Crunchyroll has over 4x as many simulcast shows.

A site redesign is not all it's going to take to convince me to go back to Funimation Elite. Once Funimation has fixed it's unusable video player and constant downtime, has more shows and much more simulcasts, and preferably lowers it's price, I will once again consider Funimation.

And to those wondering why we were bashing funimation in the other thread and praising crunchyroll, this is why.

I'm fairly excited that the site is getting a revamp. I go there occasionally to watch anime and it's a huge pain loading the pages a lot of the time. Also a request I would have is that the player doesn't close the connection to you when you spend longer than 30 minutes on each episode... I've had to refresh the page to watch Kanon soooooooo much the past few days, it's infuriating.

Bad quality.

Site has terrible/messy layout in general.

Pretty slow/resource heavy too.

Oh, and not every episode is available to stream for A LOT of shows. There are many episodes missing completely, even for subscribers.

And it's bullshit too. Like, there are random episodes that are only available to subscribers. It was like, Steins;Gate 11 and 18 were only available to watch for paying members, yet every other episode was free. Really stupid.

Poor company in general, really.

So giving incentives for you to buy the products that they have to pay for licenses makes them a bad company? Oh okay, that makes a lot of sense. Granted the quality on Funi Channel is a bit lacking, and I personally use Hulu more than Funi's site out of personal preference, because I also watch other things besides anime on Hulu so it's my tv show hub so it isn't a big deal.
Now I'm hoping they fix a lot of the issues they have with their new update, and once I get my finances in order I might get my Funimation subscription back. For the most part subscribers get a lot more content, although I did not know they did have episodes not available for members but it has been a year since I had my membership with them. I don't see much of a problem, because it gives you incentive to buy the DVDs/ect or to purchas their subscribtion service.

Thanks for the feedback Luxxy.

The FUNimation Player is definitely getting an overhaul with the new website redesign. You're right that it's not your connection that is the issue.

I guess the easiest way to think about it would be that the current FUNimation site was still more focused on the DVD/Blu-ray side of things and stuff like streaming & simulcasts came second. This is strictly my personal observation and the current FUNimation site had been around long before I started working there. Home video sales and English dubbing has always been the bread and butter of the company, and will continue to be so. Now that streaming has become the primary source of anime consumption, though, the upgrades and overhauls to the site are focused on making that experience better for everyone.

As for catalog available, quantity doesn't always trump quality. I mean, if you're one of those people who watch all 350+ shows on CR, then I can totally see the value proposition. At the end of the day, though, this is still two companies vying for what we feel are the best shows of the season, from a simulcast standpoint. I know even the "quality" argument is subjective because different people like different types of shows.

I guess the other thing to consider when comparing the two is that a lot of the leverage you get from a FUNimation EVS subscription is in the realm of English dubs and behind-the-scenes extras. Of course, we're well aware that not everyone cares about dubs, but there is still a large fanbase out there that prefer dubs as their primary source of anime consumption. And that's really the big factor that distinguishes us from CR. As a company, we could easily pour all of our money into simulcasts and have us be the ones with the 33:8 show ratio, but then there would be one less company bringing quality English dubbed anime to the audience of people who want it.

Anime is a weird market. It's funny because I came from a video game marketing background and I could have sworn gamers were the most passionate fans about their hobby. But then I started working in the anime industry and it completely blows gaming out of the water. It'll always be impossible to please everyone, but as long as we can all agree that Steins;Gate is one of the best anime ever made, then there is hope for us all. :P

So TL;DR we're definitely working on making our site "suck less" because we are well aware that an unhappy user experience only leads to less and less people using our product.

Thanks again.