It's with a lot of pleasure that I've just updated the site with our brand new high quality stream (still in beta) finally visible. It should now be available on all videos from the last 7 days, and of course on all our future ones too. More informations inside!
Even though we will keep making sure our downloads are top notch quality, it was more than necessary to finally have a stream that's good enough for our ambitions. Up until now we voluntarily limited the resolution to 960x540 at 30 or 60 fps depending on the source video, but our new stream goes up to 1080p at 60 fps, assuming your computer/console or tablet can handle it of course!
This new stream will require *a lot* of bandwidth, and will be supported by ads to pay for the bills as soon as it gets out of beta. The current stream will still be available and working as it does today in terms of ads, but the new one will simply not work if you have any kind of ad blocking enabled. We are thinking about some kind of premium membership system that would disable all ads on the site in exchange for a financial contribution, more on that later on.
Still right now, no ads to be seen so we count on you guys to give this as good a test as possible and give your feedback on this news, or in the bugs forum (make sure you mention what computer or system you are using, and the browser used too!). As mentioned before, 1080p60 resolutions requires quite a powerful system, so we are not really interested in feedback over that resolution. An interesting point though is that the Xbox One with IE seems to be able to handle this resolution without breaking a sweat, but it's not (yet, at least) the case with the PS4. Your feedback on the WiiU would be appreciated!
For the moment the streams, just like the downloads, are hosted in France. So performance outside of Europe could be hit or miss, so let us know about that. If this beta goes well, we will definitely have another server in North America too.
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