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May 31, 2011 2:39 PM

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Do you download or stream your anime? I prefer to stream it over the internet rather than downloading it. Mostly because they can be gigs of data and i don't like wasting space. Though I've talked to people that refuse to watch anime over the internet, which do you prefer?


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May 31, 2011 2:45 PM

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download mostly. i rarely stream anymore. for a number of reasons:
-i have unlimited bandwidth
-i have a decent amount of space on my hard drive and only keep some of my favorites.
-im a quality freak
-since i watch my anime on my tv the quality matters even more.
-i like using my own media player (click anywhere on screen/spacebar to pause, press a key to rewind 5 secs incase i missed some subtitles, turn the subs on or off if i want a screenshot etc.)
 
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May 31, 2011 2:56 PM

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I do both. I download anime that I really like (generally everything that I have rated a 9 or 10 and some 8s), and I also download some stuff that I plan to watch if I have relatively high expectations for it (I delete it if it doesn't meet them though). The stuff I stream is the airing stuff, some of which get downloaded as well if I like them enough, and I also stream stuff that I feel is worth watching but not worth rewatching ever. Hopefully I'll be able to get a 1tb hard drive soon.
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May 31, 2011 3:18 PM

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Don't see the need to stream if I can just download and watch it in high quality. Even with bandwidth limitation I doubt the stream is so much more efficient. I delete episodes afterwards unless they qualify for a rewatch.
 
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May 31, 2011 3:34 PM

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I do both. I download if something really interests me or if its a short series or a movie. And I stream everything else.
 
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May 31, 2011 3:37 PM

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I stream most of it but I download the stuff I rate as my favourites.


 
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May 31, 2011 4:04 PM

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I do both depending on availability and whatnot. Mostly download.
 
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May 31, 2011 4:09 PM

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I download blah blah better quality blah blah hard drives are cheap bla blah bah...
 
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May 31, 2011 4:12 PM

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Download because I can choose when I want to watch it. Sometimes I stream especially if it's a short episode.
 
May 31, 2011 4:19 PM

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Mmmmm download y stream. Symply, no internet conection on mi house. Depend on pc.

Download is practic.

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May 31, 2011 4:21 PM

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I prefer download anime. But sometimes I stream some of the animes I watch and if they're good I download them, for example, I saw madoka on stream and becouse I liked it I download.
 
May 31, 2011 4:37 PM

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mostly download. though I only save the ones I like, I buy them if its available in my area. I do stream from time to time to look at previews.
 
May 31, 2011 4:45 PM

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I mostly watch my anime on streaming.
Downloading happens only with my precious favorite series, those which I never get tired of watching, so I actually want to keep them.
 
May 31, 2011 5:29 PM

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I got this wonderful 2 TB external hard drive for $60 during a holiday sale, so I have plenty of space to store and re-watch every anime that I want. Playback issues are almost non-existent and can be fixed with ease. Only when I cannot download a series that I want to watch do I look for a stream of that series (e.g. Neon Genesis Evangelion).
 
May 31, 2011 5:32 PM

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I watch streaming, cause I really don't have the option of downloading. Too much space wasted. Though waiting for the stream on this slow DSL net really bothers me. lol
 
May 31, 2011 5:34 PM

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It's usually been streaming but lately I've been going more towards downloading. But when I finish the series I often delete it, basically, as if I had streamed it in the first place.

The only time nowadays I stream, is if downloading and playback would be rather inconvenient. My laptop is basically on it's last leg, so any anime with really good quality, does not play back at 100% capacity. So while decent quality downloads are usually fine, if it's something high-quality like Madoka is (as all the downloads are usually really high resolution), I have to stream it because it lags so much it's fatal, basically.
 
May 31, 2011 5:40 PM

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When I first started watching anime, I usually prefer streaming. After i brought my external hard drive, downloading seems to be a better choice for now.
 
May 31, 2011 5:53 PM

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I like seeing an anime in its full visual beauty, so I'm going with Download on here - as streaming just is that much less reliable, and most stream websites watermark their videos from what I've seen.
I also don't like dealing with ads or having to switch between videos while streaming.
 
May 31, 2011 5:55 PM

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Download, always. But I download everything. 4TB helps... ^_^
 
May 31, 2011 5:55 PM

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Download mostly.

The only things I stream are long running shows (Naruto, Fairy Tail, etc) or airing shows that I'm not that crazy about and it's easier to just stream (Dog Days is an example). I will always download completed shows though, it's nice to have them at the snap of a finger whenever you feel like watching, instead of having to search for streams, wait for it to load, etc with shit quality.
 
May 31, 2011 5:59 PM

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Download, quality is normally better. Used to stream bleach and naruto.
 
May 31, 2011 6:33 PM

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Download. Quality is a lot better than the stream one's quality.

I watch online only for previewing. XD
 
May 31, 2011 7:36 PM

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Download, seed, watch, and delete.
 
May 31, 2011 7:39 PM

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Download, I like the quality, and I find it easier to find torrents rather than streaming sites.
 
May 31, 2011 7:41 PM

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Download. Not only is the quality better, but if for some reason my internet is sucking- I don't have to worry about buffering for a few minutes in between episodes.
 
May 31, 2011 7:47 PM

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Downloading is always better.
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May 31, 2011 9:21 PM

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Download everything. I haven't streamed an anime since November.
 
May 31, 2011 9:26 PM

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720p streaming where available (CR), otherwise download.
 
May 31, 2011 9:28 PM

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I used to stream exclusively but till i finally amped up my internet. Now I download almost exclusively.

Only exceptions are hentai that I still stream.
 
May 31, 2011 9:33 PM

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I download. I prefer to watch shows at my convenience and not be tied to the computer the second I wish to watch a anime series.
 
May 31, 2011 9:36 PM

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I prefer dual audio shows (at least for anime which have been dubbed), so I can watch them with each audio track once, so downloading is my preferred option.
I download almost everything I plan to watch and I normally buy the exceptionally good ones.
 
May 31, 2011 10:03 PM

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Ive started to download .. though i like streaming; downloading is starting to be needed, quality is great too depending

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May 31, 2011 10:30 PM

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Download. Always better quality, and half the time streaming sites' videos are uploaded via something like megavideo, which you can only use for a certain amount of time every several hours.

Unless your internet is very fickle, there's really no excuse why people should just direct download or torrent. Unless you're a paying Crunchyroll member, but even so, bleh.
 
May 31, 2011 10:31 PM

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Download, always.
 
May 31, 2011 10:38 PM

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Download, so that I could pack up lots of episodes and watch them at different paces, especially when I can't go online.
 
May 31, 2011 11:10 PM

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I'm a person that does not mind watching 360p shows. So basically since stream is faster I prefer to stream.
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May 31, 2011 11:33 PM
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Stream over Download. DL = takes up space in her laptop (already almost no more space).

Unless the internet is not good enough or many people are using it (taking long time), I would Download the ep. and delete after watching (for most of anime).

Another reason to prefer stream: I downloaded the anime before, but the file couldn't watch anymore for some reason (burned in a CD, hoping to watch them again someday) when changing laptop.
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Jun 1, 2011 12:07 AM

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Depends. Seeing as how I'm one of the 15 people on MAL that doesn't have some ridiculous grudge against CR and own an account, I will stream it if they are simulcasting it(with the exception of a censored version on CR and an uncensored version being available).

Everything else I download, though I will also torrent a series I watched on CR if I feel I wanted to keep my own copy. I have a both a 2tb internal and external hard drive with an extra 500gb external so I don't stream because of space issues, just convenience(not to mention I try to avoid all the cease and desist emails I can >_>).
 
Jun 1, 2011 12:15 AM

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Fuzzhx said:
download mostly. i rarely stream anymore. for a number of reasons:
-i have unlimited bandwidth
-i have a decent amount of space on my hard drive and only keep some of my favorites.
-im a quality freak
-since i watch my anime on my tv the quality matters even more.
-i like using my own media player (click anywhere on screen/spacebar to pause, press a key to rewind 5 secs incase i missed some subtitles, turn the subs on or off if i want a screenshot etc.)
 
Jun 1, 2011 12:44 AM

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Kayusaur said:
Download, seed, watch, and delete.


This.
Though I usually archive shows that made a big impact on me, and especially the shows that I had a hard time getting.

 
Jun 1, 2011 12:46 AM

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Fuzzhx said:
download mostly. i rarely stream anymore. for a number of reasons:
-i have unlimited bandwidth
-i have a decent amount of space on my hard drive and only keep some of my favorites.
-im a quality freak
-since i watch my anime on my tv the quality matters even more.
-i like using my own media player (click anywhere on screen/spacebar to pause, press a key to rewind 5 secs incase i missed some subtitles, turn the subs on or off if i want a screenshot etc.)


all he said, expect i never do screen shot.
and also, ive had a crappy connection like forever so i had to w8 like forever to stream it.
only thing i still stream from time to time is the newest ep of one of the ongoing series im watching.
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Jun 1, 2011 12:54 AM

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Streaming can be convenient for quick viewing (I might do this for cartoons if I don't feel like looking for downloads), but downloading just makes sense, man.
 
Jun 1, 2011 2:08 AM

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Quality matters so I never bother with streams.
 
Jun 1, 2011 2:50 AM

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Well last time I streamed when I wanted to check out some spring anime without wasting much time since they seemed crappy. But for anything other than quick viewing download is a must.
 
Jun 1, 2011 4:06 AM

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Why do people come up with harddrive space? You know even the stream is saved to your disk and deleted afterwards. You can do the same with any downloaded video.

Even watching the video while it's sill downloading is possible with streamable codecs.
 
Jun 1, 2011 4:07 AM

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I'm a quality freak and like to be able to see what's actually going on so download, in HD.
 
Jun 1, 2011 4:09 AM

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Both. I download only animes I really like, the other ones I just stream.
 
Jun 1, 2011 7:19 AM

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Both. I stream anime that get licensed and are up for streaming, download anime that I really enjoy.
 
Jun 1, 2011 1:09 PM

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Streaming, download is for hentai only.


 
Jun 1, 2011 1:11 PM

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Download, but I got to be careful as my bandwith is limited.
 
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