#1 Posted by Smallville123 (418 posts) -

As a subscriber I feel like this year there was less of a reason to renew my subscription. No more regular happy hours and the new exclusive content hasn't been as good. Now YouTube vidoes are being uploaded in HD. I notice when I log out how bad the ads have gotten for non subscribers as well. I like supporting the sites but i feel like the value isn't quite there anymore. How do you guys feel about it?

#2 Posted by KarlPilkington (2779 posts) -

Completely fine about it.

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Didn't they explain in one of the radio shows that YouTube's HD doesn't mean shit? Hell, this was HD at one point, apparently.

#4 Posted by DeeGee (2143 posts) -

Totally cool with it.

Especially with Happy Hours. I mean, if you think that a four hour long Brad-a-thon of him trying to get that achivement is worse then a ten to fifteen minute segment on the Happy Hour that is sometimes only vaguely related to video games ... well, different strokes for different folks I guess.

#5 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I am OK with it. I like no ads, video RSS and the mobible app. Also video downloading.

#6 Posted by Smallville123 (418 posts) -

@Dany said:

I am OK with it. I like no ads, video RSS and the mobible app. Also video downloading.

Ya I love the mobile sites for sure. Im sure im making muchadoo about nothing.

#7 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

I think Giant Bomb is in a much better place than it was earlier this year. All the premium content is so much better than what it used to be and withholding HD videos when they are being uploaded to YouTube would have been silly.

#8 Posted by benpicko (2006 posts) -

I like it, and actually watch the YouTube version, because YouTube's player isn't as terrible as Giant Bomb's.

#9 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

@benpicko said:

I like it, and actually watch the YouTube version, because YouTube's player isn't as terrible as Giant Bomb's.

Huh? How? I like giantbomb's player.

#10 Posted by TooWalrus (13258 posts) -

I'd rather loose you as a subscriber than have all of our non-subscribed members have to watch everything in youtube's shitty 360p

#11 Posted by Smallville123 (418 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

I'd rather loose you as a subscriber than have all of our non-subscribed members have to watch everything in youtube's shitty 360p

Uh wow dude I say something negative and you tell me to basically fuck off?? Nice. We pay 50 bucks a year for exclusive features. If things start not being exclusive the value goes down is all i'm saying. I have been a subscriber since the beginning and probably always will be because I love these sites and the mobile sites and premium content is good enough for now.

#12 Posted by TooWalrus (13258 posts) -

@Smallville123: I told you to fuck off? Non-subscribers can use the forums too, man (or should that also be subscriber exclusive?). Anyway, those horrible 360p videos made our lovely site look TERRIBLE to new users. All I meant was that if the only price we pay to allow everyone 720p videos is that we lose your $50, I'm totally cool with that (and apparently the staff are too).

#13 Posted by iAmJohn (6135 posts) -

@Dany said:

I am OK with it. I like no ads, video RSS and the mobible app. Also video downloading.

#14 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Smallville123 said:

As a subscriber I feel like this year there was less of a reason to renew my subscription. No more regular happy hours and the new exclusive content hasn't been as good. Now YouTube vidoes are being uploaded in HD. I notice when I log out how bad the ads have gotten for non subscribers as well. I like supporting the sites but i feel like the value isn't quite there anymore. How do you guys feel about it?

I think it as done to Counter all the thumbs down they where getting on youtube. 
#15 Edited by Barrock (3553 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Didn't they explain in one of the radio shows that YouTube's HD doesn't mean shit? Hell, this was HD at one point, apparently.

What did you just link me to?

Anyway, I don't pay $50 a year for HD videos. I pay $50 a year because this site is fucking awesome.

#16 Posted by PaulM (144 posts) -

what @Barrock said exactly, even about the link.

#17 Posted by bigsmoke77 (791 posts) -
@Smallville123:  Youtube might have "720" but it has horrible compassion and thus lesser quality than the flow player that giant bomb uses. Watch the previous WM radio show.
#18 Posted by benpicko (2006 posts) -

@Dany said:

@benpicko said:

I like it, and actually watch the YouTube version, because YouTube's player isn't as terrible as Giant Bomb's.

Huh? How? I like giantbomb's player.

It freezes all the time and doesn't look very nice, imo.

#19 Posted by Musou (385 posts) -

@benpicko: I used to have a lot of trouble with the WM player, and solved it by changing my DNS (I was using OpenDNS and changed for my ISP's). Perhaps that can help you as well.

#20 Posted by Smallville123 (418 posts) -

@bigsmoke77 said:

@Smallville123: Youtube might have "720" but it has horrible compassion and thus lesser quality than the flow player that giant bomb uses. Watch the previous WM radio show.

After posting this I listened and your right YouTube does have BAD compression so its still a good value for us.

#21 Edited by animathias (1194 posts) -

Did I read your first post right? Did you think the weekly Happy Hour was better than all the new content we've been seeing? I'm eagerly awaiting a new Random PC Game, Jeff's Jar-Time is insightful and funny, Breaking Brad can go a little long - but it's interesting watching him chase achievements, the random live-stream parties have been great, the Load Our Last Saves have been really fun (though we're about due for another,) and the radio show is downright awesome.

In my opinion, that's much better than the 30 minutes a week of Giant Bomb and Tested segments that were sometimes alright.

I also follow Tested, and them live streaming the podcast is really cool and Will started a Jar-Time esque livestream last night which shows real potential.

With that content alone, I feel like my subscription is justified. Plus now I can take advantage of YouTube playlists and not get it in overly-compressed 360p. Plus new people seeing the site's content aren't treated to poor quality videos. So I think everyone wins.

#22 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2778 posts) -

I'm happy that free users have access to HD videos now, even if it is YouTube.

I wish free users got everything. Yeah, I said it. What bitch?

#23 Posted by CrazyBagMan (859 posts) -

@Smallville123 said:

@TooWalrus said:

I'd rather loose you as a subscriber than have all of our non-subscribed members have to watch everything in youtube's shitty 360p

Uh wow dude I say something negative and you tell me to basically fuck off?? Nice.

Welcome to the internet.

Now for the topic at hand. I don't care. HD is such a standard these days that it being an exclusive feature is just stupid. They provide plenty of awesome exclusive content.

#24 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

The staff and premium members alike decided that having YouTube videos in HD was better overall for Whiskey Media and its users. Premium members still have plenty and will be getting more.

#25 Posted by Marz (5672 posts) -

nanananana i'm watching your HD videos free :P
 
but seriously... youtube videos reconverts the bitrate which is lower quality than what you'll get downloading from Giantbomb, so chillax.

#26 Posted by Vexxan (4614 posts) -

It great to have all videos available on YouTube in HD, I vastly prefer YouTube's player to Giant Bombs.

#27 Posted by Amilmitt (237 posts) -

I'm actually happy now that they have found a good ad partner. everything has been region specific and non-intrusive.

and its only a banner on the right and a small one on the top.

#28 Posted by Smallville123 (418 posts) -

Actually with my tv getting a firmware update with youtube integration its pretty cool to get most stuff (besides subscriber stuff) to my big tv directly.

#29 Edited by Dany (7887 posts) -

Also, subscriber videos are totally rad and being able to wake up and have all the videos downloaded via rss to itunes is marvelous.

#30 Posted by Smallville123 (418 posts) -

@Dany said:

Also, subscriber videos are totally rad and being able to wake up and have all the videos downloaded via rss to itunes is marvelous.

I have to try that for videos. I did that for radio dave shows because its not on iTunes and requires the whiskey login.

#31 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

@Smallville123: yeah, just use your login and it downloads.

#32 Posted by Smallville123 (418 posts) -

@Dany said:

@Smallville123: yeah, just use your login and it downloads.

Then from there i can use ps3 media server....hmmm actually a cool way to get it on the big tv. Thanks duder!