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#51 Posted by s10129107 (1193 posts) -

HTML5, and only because Dave said it was the best option.

#52 Posted by SgtSphynx (1538 posts) -

Usually progressive HD embiggened, but if for some reason progressive doesn't want to work I switch to streaming HD embiggened.

#53 Posted by Mister_V (1425 posts) -

HTML5 HD works a treat.

#54 Posted by Fattony12000 (7596 posts) -

YouTube / HTML 5 / VLC

#55 Posted by Humanity (9876 posts) -

I found YouTube to be the most trouble free in term of quality, streaming and FF/RW. Other formats have given me problems in at least one of those fields.

#56 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

Progressive, HD. Unless I'm playing a game online over XBL, then I turn it down to high quality.

#57 Posted by evanbower (1216 posts) -

Progressive HD. Although I download the Endurance Runs in HD so I can put them in a playlist and just let it go rather than clicking for each new episode.

#58 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Progressive, HD, because it's the only way to do it. Better image quality, and it takes about 45 seconds to bugger a quick look so it's not really an issue. Streaming can be a little weird. If it's really good, I download it in whatever quality I can afford thanks to my shitty cap. Honestly, most of my watching is old stuff that I have in my library. Not because I don't love all the stuff they continue to put out, I just have a lot of time to pass when I'm working in Photoshop or Blender. I used to watch stuff on my second screen while I played "podcast" games like Borderlands but now the framerate on videos goes to shit when I have my game running fullscreen (or the game is Dark Souls, christ).

When I move out, and have my new PC, I'll have a giant Giant Bomb HDD and I'll be downloading all of their videos in HD, because I'm getting fios so I won't have any cap to deal with.

#59 Posted by hussatron (189 posts) -

I thought it was odd that so many people were saying that HTML5 bugs out on them now and then HTML5 started bugging out on me too. The video freezes but the audio continues playing. Oh well, I guess I'll switch to progressive for now.

#60 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -


#61 Posted by Irvandus (2886 posts) -

Progressive HD.

#62 Posted by Ronald (1384 posts) -

Progressive HD, I watch on my TV and streaming tends to lose some quality when watching. I also like having that extra bit saved up so when I have to pause it doesn't have to buffer when I restart. I've downloaded a few videos when my Internet is acting up but half of the time I forget about them.

But weirdly, I'm fine watching live streams on Twitch because the live nature trumps video quality any day.

#63 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

Not a premium member, but as far as trailers go, if I really care about them - I go download them over at Gamersyde. They usually have the best available files on offer, and a whole lot of bandwidth to spare.

#64 Posted by Philedius (204 posts) -

I use Youtube on regular content and HTML5 on premium content because I can't use Youtube with them. I really like the Youtube timeline-thing.

#65 Posted by TruthTellah (9428 posts) -

@ABritishNerd: Progressive HD(if it's working), because Streaming sometimes randomly stops and messes up. I don't use Youtube because it slightly compresses the HD video. For best quality, Progressive HD is the best. :)

#66 Posted by Underthere (13 posts) -

Embiggen is the best.

#67 Posted by MikkaQ (10336 posts) -

Almost always streaming HD.

#68 Posted by Levius (1206 posts) -

Streaming, HD mainly, Youtube is my backup though when streaming lets me down.

#69 Posted by Bigheart711 (1253 posts) -

Streaming in HD, Embiggened.

#70 Posted by Portis (1290 posts) -

Roku 2.

#71 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

I watch mine Streaming while I Download them to my HD to be viewed while I go to bed. Its a lot creeper then it sounds.

#72 Posted by DarthOrange (3878 posts) -

I'm not premium but I usually watch the videos on YouTube with my Vita.

#73 Posted by ProfessorK (826 posts) -

At home usually go between streaming high/hd. On my phone I just use youtube.

#74 Edited by damswedon (3200 posts) -

HTML5 on High or HD depending on the game.

#75 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1172 posts) -

I use my Roku for pretty much every video.

#76 Posted by Athadam (702 posts) -

For some reason, I can stream Youtube HD just fine but the streaming HD is ALWAYS slow.

#77 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -


#78 Posted by TechnoSyndrome (951 posts) -

Download the high quality version and stream to my PS3 via PS3 Media Server. My computer can handle transcoding the HD versions, but the added download time isn't worth the wait, the SD video looks fine upscaled.

#79 Edited by Mirado (1050 posts) -

Usually HTML5, but since I've put together a 12TB NAS, I've started to download just about everything.

Wonder if I can fit every Quick Look/Endurance Run/TNT/HH on it...

#80 Posted by Slay3r1583 (632 posts) -

I download HD and watch through MPC-HC. My desktop and laptop are both old and crappy and when I try any kind of HD streaming it often hiccups and isn't always smooth playback. However if I download the videos they play with no issues.

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#83 Posted by Meowshi (2911 posts) -

I mostly look at the picture and pout.

#84 Posted by MB (12943 posts) -

Streaming if I'm on my PC, otherwise I use the amazing Whiskey Media Video Buddy by Giant Bomb's own It's available on iOS and Android for free...I use the Android version. In addition, I sometimes will watch longer Quick Looks and what not through my Roku on a giant ass HDTV.

#85 Posted by ShaggE (6636 posts) -

Youtube if I can, it's just the most reliable for me.

(yes, I haven't a medal as of posting this. I cancelled my sub in a moment of "oh shit, I need every penny I have", but all is well and I'll re-sub once my money comes in later today)

#86 Posted by Geralt (332 posts) -

Progressive at medium to my phone during daily commute.

#87 Edited by Geralt (332 posts) -

Progressive at medium on my phone during daily commute.

#88 Posted by Asurastrike (2170 posts) -

Progressive HD

#89 Posted by Soulblitz (350 posts) -

Progressive HD. I'm lucky to have pretty fast internet connection and because I use a 40" TV connected to my computer, low quality looks pretty poor when blown up that big.

#90 Posted by HadesTimes (827 posts) -

Usually download them in HD and watch'em but sometimes I watch them live.

#91 Posted by Droop (1916 posts) -

YouTube streaming

#92 Posted by bawalo (68 posts) -

I have my PC hooked up to my living room 42" TV (with a long ass cable, much to Ryan Davis' disgust), and use XBMC to watch them in HD there.

#93 Posted by Foggen (884 posts) -

At home it's HD Progressive all the way, but at work it's YouTube as much as possible. I need to be able to buffer and YouTube lets you scroll ahead to arbitrary points in a way that the GB players do not.

#94 Posted by crusader8463 (14427 posts) -

Youtube. The HTML5 player glitches out randomly and keeps popping up the annoying UI overlay that breaks the immersion with the video. Streaming I can't do because I don't have the bandwidth and progressive High has butt ugly video that's so badly pixaleted that it looks like I'm watching Japanese porn. Always disappointed to see members only videos as they have no youtube option and everything else is fucking atrocious.

#95 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

No pants.

#96 Posted by ABritishNerd (318 posts) -

@MB said:

Streaming if I'm on my PC, otherwise I use the amazing Whiskey Media Video Buddy by Giant Bomb's own It's available on iOS and Android for free...I use the Android version. In addition, I sometimes will watch longer Quick Looks and what not through my Roku on a giant ass HDTV.

Wow, thanks for this. I had no idea this was a thing.

#97 Posted by otoboke (51 posts) -

For me there is no alternative to downloading all the new 720p content (takes around 5-15 minutes per video, depending on the file size) and simply hooking up my laptop via HDMI to my 42 inch TV.

A few years ago when I joined, I streamed exclusively out of a sense of "immediate convenience", then I switched to downloading "high" quality and streaming to the xbox because A) I was sick of streaming issues (mostly my system's fault at the time) and B) the xbox couldn't handle streaming HD files. Then, I realised how simple it was to watch through HDMI connection direct to TV, and I've never looked back.

Sure, it takes a little while to download, but with each video usually lasting over 20 minutes, by the time the first one is done, I have another one waiting. No streaming problems, buffering, or whatever. Just nice crisp 720 content that I can enjoy on my big TV :)

#98 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (865 posts) -

Steaming+High when I'm back home in Vancouver.

Progressive+Low currently because that's the only way I can get it to go with Chinese Internet. Load 'em at work, watch 'em when I get home. Although, lately my laptop's been locking up when I try to standby/hibernate with too many videos loaded (2 hours+), so I've been limiting myself to usually one to two videos a day.

#99 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2041 posts) -

HTML5 is nice and smooth for me.

#100 Posted by BaconGames (3545 posts) -

@FLStyle said:

I download to my HDD, VLC Media Player is my friend.

@Morningstar said:

I download them to my computer in HD quality, and I watch them at my leasuire.