Twenty million times better than Keyhole was, and if it's actually going to last more than a few months, it might just be the thing I've been waiting for!
Of course, it'd be really helpful if it had an option for SD versus HD. It buffers the HD by default, but then runs out and drops the quality (in two stages, I noticed; and one for the audio) which means the lower quality streams can't catch up before it just reconnects and starts the whole thing over...
Rip-off Internet service doesn't help when I'm trying to stream from the other side of the planet... 8M down is a freaking lie ('but that's because there are other people on the cable'; that's bs, if you can't force a steady connection so that your customers are getting the speed they paid for instead of a speed cap they never reach, your technology sucks and you should go back to supplying DSL. 'You' being the unnamed cable company that quit servicing their copper).
And maybe it'll work better if I'm not watching in the middle of the day.
But yes, this service is really nice, supposing your connection is good enough. Multiple anime channels (old-timey one, family friendly one, new stuff, stuff that plays at midnight), a couple of sports channels (haven't checked yet), news channels, variety channel, foreign and domestic drama channels, terrible channels that should die (read: VICE and MTV), a documentary channel, and the most important kinds of channels: fishing and mahjong.
Something for everyone, I think.
The quality of the streams is excellent, supposing you can receive them. I'd say it was HD, but since I'm on a small screen, it might have been SD (only on VGA, so I can't confirm HD).
Haven't confirmed the function of the program guide, because it's using the local time from my computer and the program I looked at didn't seem to match with the listing at either the time it said it was (here) or the time it is in Japan. Will have to check again later... when I have a better connection.
Pain killers have probably kicked in by now; good night everyone.
Edited: 2016-08-27, 9:37 pm
abemafresh.tv doesn't require a VPN. It more or less resembles Ustream and Twitch.
AbemaTV's Youtube channel features video clips with the usual gang of tarentos.
It's a lot of great content for a free service. Perfect if you want to learn Japanese, or if you're comfortable with Japanese, it's great if you're a part of the cord-cutting movement.
I use VPN but...., nevertheless my IP address showed as japanese in Tokyo in the check, the Abema TV show "Sorry......only in Japan"..... Does someone have similar issue?
We could use another thread kinda like the podcast thread, for livestreams. Hint, hint.
I once had this problem with Abema TV, and discovered that it went away when I completely closed out of the browser (and maybe restarted, I can't remember?), then made the switch to the Japanese VPN and tried again.
I haven't tried lately, though, so it is always possible they caught up to your particular VPN and blocked them.
I'm trying to get the AbemaTV for iOS 10 app to work. But as mentioned a GOOD VPN is needed. I was thinking of installing "VPN SurfEasy" mainly due to the amount and quality of it's reviews.
-Will that specific VPN do the trick? (getting a JPN IP address) or is there something better out there?
-Which setting do I need to mess with? ; Can I roll back the changes later on if necessary?
-Is there a risk of ruining the device / it's internet connection ?
Thanks very much.