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Poll: Stream or Download?


Jun 1, 2011 4:41 PM

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


 
Jun 1, 2011 4:42 PM

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No poll options for buying, renting, borrowing from friends, or watching on TV?
Infinite Stratos > Breaking Bad
 
Jun 1, 2011 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.
 
Jun 1, 2011 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.
 
Jun 1, 2011 5:40 PM

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Download obvs obvs obvs, my eyes fall out if I stream.
 
Jun 1, 2011 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.
 
Jun 1, 2011 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.
 
Jun 2, 2011 5:08 AM

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I stream because it's more convenient for me...
 
Jun 2, 2011 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.
 
Jun 2, 2011 6:06 AM

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download :D
since i can watch 'em anytime i want
 
Jun 2, 2011 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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Jun 2, 2011 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.
 
Jun 2, 2011 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.
 
Jun 2, 2011 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.

 
Jun 2, 2011 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.
 
Jun 2, 2011 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.
 
Jun 2, 2011 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.
 
Jun 2, 2011 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
 
Jun 2, 2011 9:44 AM

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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.


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).


 
Jun 2, 2011 12:27 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.)


My reasons for downloading are exactly the same.
But at my dorm I do stream because they blokked torrents
 
Jun 2, 2011 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
 
Jun 2, 2011 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...
 
Jun 2, 2011 9:27 PM

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Streaming
 
Jun 2, 2011 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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Jun 3, 2011 4:18 AM

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Genten said:
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.
 
Jun 3, 2011 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.
 
Jun 3, 2011 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~
 
Jun 3, 2011 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.
 
Jun 3, 2011 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.
 
Jun 3, 2011 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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Jun 3, 2011 12:57 PM

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Downloading because:
- quality
- no need to worry if my internet connection does something stupid in the middle of an episode
- once I have the episode, I can keep it forever
- less searching (there are dozens of anime streaming sites that have various series and qualities, but due to the nature of torrents [i.e. that you want a ton of people on the same one] most of the good ones are concentrated on fewer websites)

I do watch legal streams so I can support licensing companies (a little bit), though.

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Jun 4, 2011 11:28 AM

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Usually I download, even for a 500MB file it usually finishes within 7-10 minutes so there's almost no point streaming as I can download another episode in the middle of watching a current one.

The only time that I stream is the first episode of a series that I am not sure about and then download the rest.
 
Jun 4, 2011 11:37 AM

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This is a duplicate of a topic that I made a year or so back: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=263635 It's locked though...

Though it's still the same thing as my post in that topic; I mainly stream because I'm pretty impatient about downloads (takes 10 mins for a 170 MB file), I'm not really a quality freak, it's quicker + convenient, I don't usually rewatch series,and Windows Media Player sucks. I am way too lazy to find another main media player as I would want to get an alternative media player just in case that media player explodes or something like that.

Nowadays, I am downloading anime, but only those that are up in my favorites list. 9/10 or higher.
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Jun 4, 2011 2:15 PM

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Genten said:
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.

Did you read my post? There's no additional effort, you just choose what to click on. Downloading also doesn't mean you have to keep the files or is pressing delete so much harder than leaving a website?
 
Jun 4, 2011 4:09 PM

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95% dl, if some1 takes my pc, then ill just burn some ep's on-to dvd and watch 'em on TV. And yeah.. sometimes problems with i-net, so yeah, dl ftw.
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Jun 4, 2011 4:48 PM

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I prefer downloading. That way I can rewatch some animes without wasting more bandwith.
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Jun 4, 2011 5:40 PM

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downloading
 
Jun 4, 2011 10:12 PM

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I prefer downloading. I like being able to watch episodes anytime at a higher quality. Also, I can do homework while my anime is/are downloading, so in the end I finish more work than usual. Just like when playing a really good game, I tend to lose track of time when watching a really good anime.
 
Jun 5, 2011 3:17 AM

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i always download, because its HQ
 
Jun 6, 2011 4:56 PM

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Now some sites have flash players which allow streaming files from local computer. The players can be used for communications like commenting, text arts etc. + playing the file.
 
Jun 6, 2011 6:19 PM

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Definitely download.
Personally am an anime collector and the thing i love most is to see my anime collection growing.
I don't really fancy streaming because of the quality and of course, it takes up time, especially when your internet connection is down and especially when it's a cliff hanger, it always pissed me off.

 
Jun 6, 2011 6:28 PM

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I only download things that needs to be watched in high quality with no lag to really enjoy. For everything else, streaming.
 
Jun 7, 2011 1:30 AM

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Download of course because i'm looking for quality .
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Jun 7, 2011 2:02 AM

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Am I the only one buying my anime? :O [/sarcasm]

OnT: I download because I hate to wait in the middle of an episode. And that happens a lot with my internet.
 
Jun 7, 2011 3:22 AM

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Seems like there are many downloaders, like myself in any case...since I got MALu, streaming is no longer an option. Now I download anything I watch, mainly because of the low quality streaming offers and my tv which can be connected to my pc and supports a 16:9 resolution ratio xD
As for collecting animes, I'm collecting only the ones I liked very much.
 
Jun 7, 2011 3:47 AM

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-Kazu said:
..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~

One word for you: Batch.
 
Jun 7, 2011 5:27 AM

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I always download , i don't like steams because of the buffering and the quality sucks most of the time.

 
Jun 7, 2011 11:08 AM

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Download (or buy). 'Cuz I'm a quality freak.
 
Jun 7, 2011 11:48 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.)


My reasons for downloading are exactly the same.
But at my dorm I do stream because they blokked torrents


I also forgot to add: using my own media player i can use my mouse wheel to increase/decrease the volume. besides better quality, its always the little things like that, that make your anime watching experience that much more enjoyable.

and the only rare case i stream is if its a somewhat long series, and i can find a High Quality stream of it, an example would be Monster.
 
Jun 12, 2011 2:19 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).


I think I got the same hard drive as you! 2 TB Western Digital from Target on Black Friday?

Anyway, I download all my anime now for a few reasons:

1. I can get 720p downloading and streaming quality sucks in comparison. (soon 1080p when I get my new computer and it's fast enough to play in 1080p)

2. I can watch as much as I want, when I want. A lot of stream sites limit you (*cough* MegaVideo *cough*). And if I download it, and want to watch it again someday, I just go to my hard drive and it's there, no need to look for it online again and hope it wasn't removed.

3. I have access to a lot more anime. A lot of shows get removed from sites like Veoh, MegaVideo, YouTube, etc., but it's pretty much impossible to remove a torrent (even though a lot of episodes have direct downloads).

4. I can choose a fansub group easier. When you stream, you pretty much guess at which sub group your watching and they could be the worst ones. But when I download, I can choose which group has the best subs and download all the episodes from them.
 
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