A day or two before each part of Digimon Adventure tri. has come out I've gotten messages from people wondering how to watch it on their television without plugging a computer into their TV.
I expect many of you have your own setups, but a few of you out there might appreciate a little help.
This will be a short guide to help you if you don't have a setup prepared to watch Crunchyroll on your television.
I'm not being paid to write this, nor was I contacted by Crunchyroll to do this. We've just had a number of WtW members over the past some-odd year who needed help, and I felt a guide would probably be a good idea.
We're sticking to Crunchyroll because while tri. also has shown up on Hulu and Daisuki, both of those are problematic primarily because... they haven't had tri. added until later each time. Also, Daisuki is extremely limited on what TV based devices it will work on (I think just the Xbox One?)
With Digimon Adventure tri. part 4 expected next Friday for us in the west (February 24th) there isn't a lot of time to get you up and running.
The first and most simple thing to check- Do you have something that can already allow you to do this?
Is your TV a Smart TV? Does it have Crunchyroll listed in their app store/platform?
Do you have a video game system that came out in the last 12 years? Check their digital store, there is probably a Crunchyroll app for it.
If the answer to these is no, then you will need an external media box.
Many people already have one of these, so it's possible you will just need to install Crunchyroll on it. If you have a Roku, Apple TV, or any number of other media box devices, you'll just need to do the same as above. Check the app/platform store and see if it has Crunchyroll in it.
If the answer is still no, you probably want to find something you can buy relatively quickly.
Normally I'd go in depth and explain why you might want a Roku, or an Apple TV, an Android TV device, or one of the other options and the differences between the different platforms (and even different players by the same company) but for the purposes of this guide, we're going to 'will work, will be reliable, will be cheap.' If you buy on your own be aware that not every media box will have Crunchyroll on it.
For the majority of people looking right now, you want a Roku Express (affiliate link), which is quite affordable at $30. This will connect to any modern TV via an HDMI cable (which is included in the box), connect to your Wi-Fi easily, and will allow you to login to your Crunchyroll account. In addition Roku has one of the largest selections of video apps, so the device will be useful when tri. Part 4 is over.
If you are plugging into an older TV and need composite video, you'll want the Roku Express+ (affiliate link.) Roku left the composite jacks off the base model Express to allow it to be cheaper. Otherwise both Express models are the same.
Getting the device setup will be very easy, and the Roku will walk you through the steps. Once setup, go to their 'Channel Store' and install Crunchyroll. You'll want to go login to the app which will allow you to bookmark shows to watch later, and will give you access to HD feeds if you pay for Crunchyroll.
If you don't pay for Crunchyroll, you'll want to track down a guest pass from a friend right before tri. part 4 is released on Crunchyroll (which they still haven't officially announced yet.) If you skip subscribing or using a guest pass, you will be limited to SD video feeds, and will have to wait to watch tri., as it's on a delay for free users.
We expect tri. part 4 to show up early on Friday, so if you don't have a setup prepared for Crunchyoll, you'll want to get it ready quickly if you want to watch it asap.
If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask in this thread and we will do our best to help you get setup. You can also feel free to message me on AiM or wherever else if you need more help.