Funimation.com: Going at a Snail’s Pace on the Lightspeed InternetAugust 9, 2012
Buzz Magus returned to his headquarters on Altos 5 after finally defeating the evil Space Emperor Guvava. With the people of the Messier 83 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy freed from tyranny Buzz sat down to relax with primitive streaming video from this home planet of Earth as a reward for some heroics well done. BUT WHAT IS THIS! It it taking a ten 10 minutes to load up a page that should clearly be up in a second via the space hypernet. Clearly Space Emperor Guvava is still alive and using a miniature back hole generator to slow down time/space around Buzz Magus’ Space Freedom HQ. That dastardly fiend.
His robot companion R5-X2 informed him that the curvature of the time/space continuum was homogeneous on the planet. He was just trying to watch something on Funimation.com.
That silly pulp serial film story aside there is an important rant to make here. The Funimation site is slow. Not just a little slow. Damaging to business slow.
Just recently Narutaki, my roommate, and I gathered in my living room to watch our weekly episode of Binbougami-ga. My roommate had enough time to get up, go to the bathroom, and make a small meal in the 10 minutes it took me to open the site, log in, and get to the page to watch the episode. It did not take me 10 minutes to load the video. It took me 10 minutes to get to the page.
And it was not that my computer was slow. We had just watched Kuroko’s Basketball and Natsuyuki Rendezvous on Crunchyroll seconds before and those pages loaded pretty much instantly. It was not a matter of the Internet connection. It is just that whenever we go to the site it is embarrassingly slow. It is like you are transported back to the day of 14.4k modems. But I will go anywhere else at the same time and I have my normal cable modem speeds. There is sometime clearly wrong with the scripting on the site. The funny thing it once the player gets going it streams the video fine. So it is the site around the player that is the problem and not the player itself.
The problem is this is not a new problem. When the video site was in its beta form I did not really think much of it being slow because it was still in beta. But that was over a year ago. The site has either stayed as slow or even gotten worse in some respects. A month or two to work out the kinks makes sense. As a computer science major I realize tinkering with optimization is hardly the simplest task. But these molasses in winter load times are unacceptable at this point. This is a problem that should have been fixed long ago.
I know several people who had elite video subscriptions but canceled them after a month or two because the site was even slow for paying customers. Narutaki and I still exclusively watch our content on the site despite the speeds because we want to support legal streaming whenever possible. But that is not always the case for everyone. The general rule of thumb is that on average people will support the legal alternative as long as you make it easier or at least as easy as piracy. But whenever piracy is the clearly simpler method people will be drawn to it over any sort of moral prerogative.
Funimation is not only inconveniencing the fans that are supporting them but they are also throwing away money that should rightfully be coming to them. But to get that money they really need to fix the load times on the web page. Poor web design like this is just not acceptable in this day and age.
I’m not being ungrateful here. I love the fact that Funimation is streaming an amazing amount of anime for the mere pittance of a price of watching some commercials. Years ago that was seemingly a pie in the sky dream. The problem is Funimation is competing not only with all the other anime streaming sites who are doing it better but all the illegal streaming sites who are offering everything they have on the site. It is hard enough to keep up with the Joneses as it is. Handicapping yourself with bad web design is pure foolishness.