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06-01-11, 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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06-01-11, 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.
 
06-01-11, 2:08 AM

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Quality matters so I never bother with streams.
 
06-01-11, 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.
 
06-01-11, 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.
 
06-01-11, 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.
 
06-01-11, 4:09 AM

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Both. I download only animes I really like, the other ones I just stream.
 
06-01-11, 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.
 
06-01-11, 1:09 PM

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Streaming, download is for hentai only.


 
06-01-11, 1:11 PM

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Download, but I got to be careful as my bandwith is limited.
 
06-01-11, 1:11 PM

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Stream. If I want to actually own a copy of the anime myself then I'd rather try and buy it if it's available in my region as a way of supporting the company.
 
06-01-11, 1:37 PM

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Download. All the anime I download is saved onto a 3TB external and burned to DVD, just in case something happens to either one of them.
 
06-01-11, 1:53 PM

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I used to stream all the time before I got my own hard drive and started downloading. Now I download, for the most part, what I watch.

Streaming got annoying because if I watched an episode, the next one might be taken down, be hard to find elsewhere, or take forever to load and by the time it finished I'd be doing something else and would forget all about it. So now I usually only stream if I'm watching a series week-to-week, which rarely happens - I normally don't keep up with the latest series.

I like downloading more because I can get the series all at once, it's all there and so it's ready to go if I get sucked into it enough that I can just keep going without any real problems.

It used to be whatever I was watching is what I purchased. That's not so much the case anymore, since I usually see it online first. This makes more educated purchasing on my part so I'm not blindly wasting money on something I'll watch once and consider to be crap.


 
06-01-11, 2:17 PM

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Download.
Quality over quantity.
Although I have unlimited cap.
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06-01-11, 2:24 PM

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Download of course.
I want to "own" all anime I watch, and of course it makes it easier to rewatch etc..
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06-01-11, 3:18 PM

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Stream first few episodes and if I like it download.
 
06-01-11, 3:30 PM

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I actually prefer to stream. Don't have an external HD so, i find it more simple to just simply watch the anime by stream
 
06-01-11, 3:50 PM

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Mostly download cause I like the quality + easy access since its on my laptop
 
06-01-11, 3:52 PM

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Stream. but only because i don't really know how to download. and the computers i use arent even mine. so people would be mad at me for using up their disc space.
 
06-01-11, 4:20 PM

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MaedhrostheTall said:
Stream. but only because i don't really know how to download. and the computers i use arent even mine. so people would be mad at me for using up their disc space.

This
I use my mom's computer so i can't download nor do i know how.
 
06-01-11, 4:41 PM

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Since downloads are usually of better quality than streams, i download.


 
06-01-11, 4:42 PM

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No poll options for buying, renting, borrowing from friends, or watching on TV?
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06-01-11, 4:50 PM

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I download things that aren't currently airing , and anything that i think would cause an orgasm if i seen it in 1080p HD .

If its airing , i stream it.

OVAs/Specials + movies = download.
 
06-01-11, 5:36 PM

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Almost only stream. Would've found it annoying to constantly be downloading anime, slowing down my Internet just so it can be deleted a couple of days or hours later to make room for the incoming anime. So I rather have a little lower quality stream that I can watch whenever I feel like it.
 
06-01-11, 5:40 PM

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Download obvs obvs obvs, my eyes fall out if I stream.
 
06-01-11, 6:01 PM

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If an anime is available for streaming on the legitimate sites like CR or Funimation then I shall always watch it there first. I also get a good amount of my anime over netflix.

For anything else I download.
 
06-01-11, 6:15 PM

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Zalis said:
No poll options for buying, renting, borrowing from friends, or watching on TV?


Sorry buddy, that wasn't the question.
 
06-02-11, 5:08 AM

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I stream because it's more convenient for me...
 
06-02-11, 5:54 AM

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I love my computer, but it's not exactly new anymore. I have a tendency to hoard things, so I'm afraid if I started downloading, instead of deleting a series when I'm done I'll be like, "D: But what if I want to watch it again!" and before you know it series have piled up, things slow down, computer bursts into flames. That's bad.

If you know where to look, quality isn't always an issue. Besides if I love a series enough I'll just buy it and enjoy it in high quality forever and ever.
 
06-02-11, 6:06 AM

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download :D
since i can watch 'em anytime i want
 
06-02-11, 6:36 AM

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Download probably 99% of the time. I like to be able to watch whenever and not have to worry about a crappy internet connection interrupting my episode.
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06-02-11, 7:12 AM

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I stream exclusively.

One, I can watch legal streams of anime on sites like Crunchyroll or Funimation. And even if they did offer downloading services (I believe one legal streaming website did, at one point, offer a Download to Own option or some such thing) I'd stream the episode anyway. Why?

Streaming is convenient. I don't want to search through websites and wait to download the episode. I'm going to go find the episode on a website and stream it. It requires less action of my lazy self. Plus, with weekly released series, I'd have to go through the downloading process at least once a week. Why would this annoy me?

Because downloading is useless for me. I rarely ever rewatch series and the ones I do are the series I or a friend own on DVD. The point of downloading is usually so that you can watch them over and over again. I wouldn't do that. I watch and episode once and am done with it. So even if I did download something I would delete it afterwards. Streaming takes less effort because I can watch it once, leave the website, and go do something else.

Also, quality isn't an issue. As long as I can understand what's going on I don't care about watermarks or some such thing. I'm an anime fan that's easily pleased.
 
06-02-11, 7:39 AM

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The only time I stream is when I can't find a good enough torrent for a random short special or something.
 
06-02-11, 7:56 AM

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I stream, since my parents don't allow any sort of downloading besides music and installations. I'm not a quality freak either, so if a site has the anime I'm looking for, I'll just end up watching there, and sometimes the quality isn't really that terrible, so I can tolerate it for 20+ minutes.

Unless it's a prolonging series like Bleach, that's when I buy the DVDs.

 
06-02-11, 7:57 AM

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Always download.

The bigger the resolution and quality, the better!
Anything less than 720p bugs me to no end, sadly.
 
06-02-11, 8:33 AM

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Download, you can rewatch without the time consuming buffering hassle.
If one has a connection of 128 kbps, then he shall suffer long time buffering but with a total download, he can go left and right and even do intensive reviews by the manipulation of the time bars.
 
06-02-11, 8:55 AM

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Stream if I can't find the download. but other then that the Download, for BD quality, with great resolution, and no load times when I am watching.
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06-02-11, 8:57 AM

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Zalis said:
No poll options for buying, renting, borrowing from friends, or watching on TV?

Of course not! That would be supporting the industry we wouldn't want that now ;)

/sarcasm
 
06-02-11, 9:44 AM

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BlitzFreeze said:
Almost only stream. Would've found it annoying to constantly be downloading anime, slowing down my Internet just so it can be deleted a couple of days or hours later to make room for the incoming anime. So I rather have a little lower quality stream that I can watch whenever I feel like it.


I can find high quality streams even 1080p raws but I have to wait 3-5 days for them, it's the reason I delay watching any ongoing Precure series until then since I can get 720p at the least if I wait 3-5 days if even that (I've seen them within 6 hours of the LQ).


 
06-02-11, 12:27 PM

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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.)


My reasons for downloading are exactly the same.
But at my dorm I do stream because they blokked torrents
 
06-02-11, 1:11 PM

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Streaming.
Because:
- I can't download
- Anime can take some bites in the computer (also like that, my computer if full of music and my little brother's games - it's a family computer)
- Most of the animes I want are already on the anime sites, so that it won't be a problem.

And that's it. Na-no-ne/De-aru/Relo XD
 
06-02-11, 2:20 PM

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Usually Streaming, it's fastest to watch a specific episode without waiting time... and I should say the qualily sometimes is good, obviously not like a downloaded video, but near...
 
06-02-11, 9:27 PM

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Streaming
 
06-02-11, 9:31 PM

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I like to download batch torrents overnight so I can have a series ready the next day, I also love me some 720p :)
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06-03-11, 4:18 AM

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Streaming is convenient. I don't want to search through websites and wait to download the episode. I'm going to go find the episode on a website and stream it. It requires less action of my lazy self. Plus, with weekly released series, I'd have to go through the downloading process at least once a week. Why would this annoy me?

You make it sound as if downloading is so much different. Basically you go to your website of choice and either click on "stream" or "download". With the right addon one click is all you have to do and seconds later a video file is magically appearing in the download folder, ready to open in your favourite player. You can watch while it's still downloading and not only does it look much better but possibly finishes downloading faster than the stream can buffer the whole video.
 
06-03-11, 8:49 AM

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You make it sound as if downloading is so much different. Basically you go to your website of choice and either click on "stream" or "download". With the right addon one click is all you have to do and seconds later a video file is magically appearing in the download folder, ready to open in your favourite player. You can watch while it's still downloading and not only does it look much better but possibly finishes downloading faster than the stream can buffer the whole video.


Did you even read the paragraph below that? I said I didn't like downloading because I was lazy and can get the same thing from streaming. I have no need for downloading but power to those who do, I guess.
 
06-03-11, 8:59 AM

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..With the amount of anime I watch, downloading every single thing would be a huge pain in the ass. Streaming is so much quicker and the quality is amazing depending on how long you decide to wait, but hey, If quality really bugs you, the DvDs are always available~
 
06-03-11, 9:05 AM

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Obviously, when watching streamed anime on a 1080p or 720p LCD the quality will be horrible. The streamed file is usually resized to 360p when uploaded, so to watch full screen, you have to account for more than 1 million pixels than are blotched up and filled with whatever your screen or video card decides is best. I can assure you that streaming anime looks way better on a 36" CRT at 480i (interlaced) than on any 720p or 1080p LCD. (Being a TV technician, believe me) Only when you download does the difference show. Anime on a 720p LCD is best watched at 720p or 1080p. Anime on a 1080p is best watched at 1080p. If you have multi-scan (CRT 1080i,CRT 36" 1536p(higher than 1080p...you dont see a lot like mine :) ) it doesn't matter what you watch anime like. It always looks good if the encode is OK or the bit rate isn't bad (streams).

Personally I stream more than often these days, as I don't have unlimited bandwidth at home, and a episode of streamed anime takes generally only about 70mb (instead of 140mb) on your bandwidth. For quality or anime that I really want to watch as a batch, I download it whole at 480p or 720p.
 
06-03-11, 9:15 AM

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I tend to download, though I used to be an avid streamer. The quality and time it takes to download, for me, is well worth it.
 
06-03-11, 9:27 AM

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i do both but i mostly stream mostly because i am to impatient for the episode to load usually 1 ep takes 30 minutes to load and in that time i would have been done with the ep i only download it when i was use it for editing purposes or cant find anywere to watch it on stream
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