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    Happy Birthday!



    Otaku-Streamers is now 2 years old

    Wow, I can't believe its been two years since we launched Otaku-Streamers. Two years and we are still here! We have made so many changes, tackled numerous obstacles and witnessed the community grow in that span of time to the awesome site we have today.

    Before we face onwards on our journey, we would like to take the time to look back on the many faces of OS and what it was like in those early days of yore ... and thought we would take you on a walk down memory lane.

    The beginning...
    Before crunchyroll, before youtube, there was vnl-online. Vnl-online was created january 2005 or maybe earlier, and it was a place where anyone can upload jpop, photos and most importantly, anime. It was the first streaming anime site I have seen. If I am not mistaken, russj was the one who introduced me to it.

    Streaming videos wasn't so popular then and you can imagine how amazing it was for me to discover that I could stream on demand the vast collection of animes and dramas they have. I then introduced the site to jim and that was the time he was addicted to anime (chobits, GTO, midori no hibi).

    Not only that, they have this feature where when you click on a username, a separate window opens up so you can directly chat to that user realtime. You have to understand that this was way before facebook; friendster and myspace was the one dominating at that time but they don't have the chat functionality vnl has. We get to share and connect our passion for anime to other members. There was another feature that was truly one of a kind but I won't get to that or the post would be too long. Needless to say, it was pioneering and innovating.

    Then on 2007, they closed down. We're not sure why exactly but probably it was due to server cost. I don't remember if they were relying on donation but I'm sure there was no ads. At that time, it probably cost thousands of dollars to maintain every month.

    Since then we haven't really found an alternative as good as them. So that's the day jim decided that he will create his own streaming site.
    Birth of OS younger sister, Asian-Otaku


    Asian-Otaku started around march 2008 and was the first streaming site we created. It had a total of 66 videos and 71 members. Contrary to the screenshot, upload and chat was a dead link, it was still on the to do list.
    We were small but happy that we get to have our videos to stream. AO died around may 2008 because the host kicked us out due to heavy usage of bandwidth.

    OtakuStreamers BETA


    Note: Data used in the following screenshots are not accurate. Jim took this screenshot by resurrecting the site with an old backed up database.
    Soon after AO was taken down, jim developed another one named OtakuStreamers.com (without the hyphen) and was released on the wild on October 2008. But it was only until November when the community was at its peak.

    Don't you think having thumbnails for every episode makes an anime look more appealing to watch? :) Because we couldn't afford a flash server that would do this automatically, we had to improvise and do it manually. Taking screen shots for each episodes then upload it.


    We were happy on how the community is growing fast to the point where when I go in an internet cafe, I would see strangers using the site and commenting how the quality is far better than the other streaming site. You can imagine how proud it made me seeing the site being passed around through word of mouth and hearing their comments about it. I was silently cheering "Yeah!!".

    We said to ourselves, we really did it. Everything is going so smoothly and were a step closer achieving our goal. The community were even looking forward to the meet up on a cosplay even on december that year.

    But alas, life reminds us that nothing will ever go smoothly. The host were having technical difficulties with us and to top it off, there are other misunderstandings and complications between the host and us. We did everything we could but I guess the host just figured to not deal with the headache. On December 9 2008, they pulled the plug.

    All the hardwork, the videos and most importantly, the community went down the drain. It was as if it was all just a dream and you woke up because it was just too good to be true. We were depressed for a week.
    Otaku-Streamers v1


    After a week OtakuStreamers was taken down, we decided that we have done too much to stop. We were planning now another version of OS. On December 28 2008, Otaku-Streamers was born. I'm sure most of you are familiar with this old layout. This was the layout of OS from jan to december of 2009.

    For those who have been around since then, I'm sure it was all too familiar having one of our servers break down and sorts of problems including attacks. With constant trial and error, OS continue to evolve, endure and survive.
    I would take this opportunity to personally thank Bindu1000 with her great help and support during hard times of OS. Without her, OS would probably have experienced a lot of draw backs, delays and worse case, not survive until today.

    One things for sure, OS won't progress at this speed without her help. Thanks Bindu!
    Otaku-Streamers v2

    OS had a major update on december 2009 with the layout above. A lot of features being added and I think most of you still remember that layout. Even though there was huge decrease on downtime from our video servers, their was this persistent problem with the overall performance of the server. It has a slow page response most of the time and some occasional crashes that required rebooting.

    But despite that, community is growing steadily and titles are increasing everyday.
    Otaku-Streamers v2.1
    The current update of OS. We have come a long way. The whole site is much faster even in heavy load. No more downtime of videos and a great community with dedicated staff members. Heck we even have a band :)

    The number of videos is close to 30,000 and it is safe to say that OS right now has the largest collection anime videos available for on demand streaming with decent quality compared to others.

    We are also have no ads and was made possible thanks to our generous VIP's of OS.

    All I want to say is that nothing of this is possible without the community, the staff and the VIPs. Thank you so much for the continued support~

    Once again,

    HAPPY BDAY OS!
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    Additional Announcements

    New Dedicated Server
    Jim recently purchased a new dedicated server with 2TB hard disk and a 100mb port. We will be doing load balancing on the videos to that new server.

    Thank you donators for making this possible!
    Quote Notification
    A new feature has been added to OS. Every time someone quotes you on the forum, you will be notified through a private message.

    Go to Settings > General Settings > Quote Notification. Select Private Message then Save
    Color Changing
    If you have multiple usergroups like being an uploader and an OS citizen at the same time, you can now manually select what color you want to be presented in.

    Go to Settings > Permission Group. Select usergroup you want to be identified with then Save.
    Other stuff
    There are some old functions already available but some members might not know yet

    Enable Chatbox at the bottom of Streaming video. Settings > OSCB in Streaming.

    Turn off shoutbox. Settings > OS Shoutbox.
    Coming soon - Anime Watchlist
    You can add a specific anime to your watch list and whenever their is a new episode added, you will be notified.

    Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

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    HAPPY BDAY OS-tan~~ =3

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    Happy Birthday OS!~ -Gives cake to computer website, cake enters computer- lol
    And thanks Chiva-sama for the info on new features. ALso thanks OS staff for making this site awesome!~
    All Hail OS~ (reminds me of All hail Britannia)

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    Happy Birthday OS!
    All Hail OS!!

    (\__/)
    (o_O) <-- My bunny is singing Happy Birthday for OS!
    ( > < )

    Thanks to all the staffs for the Hard work ... I hope we can still see OS after couple of years like this or even better!

    Someone have to add Otaku-Streamers to "Today's birthday" on the homepage!! cmon one of the admins!! xD
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY OS ^_____^

    Lol OS has been through alot xD

    *starts singing happy birthday*

    Gomen for my bad singing *window cracks*

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    Happy Birthday OS!.
    I remember my OS v1 days XD
    ~All hail OS~

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    Happy birthday os!! Lets look forward to another year!

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    Happy Birthday OS! I can actually remember most of the changes over the past 2 years. It's amazing how much this site has grown in such a short time! ALL HAIL OS!!!!!

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    Happy birthday OS, Luv u all, hurray for the best anime site!

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    Happy birthday OS, im soo happy, iv joined last year when it was Version 1 so i remember when this site was much smaller but no there is loads of new users everyday, i just hope that it wont get overfilled and banned xD, im goign to stream anime today to celebrate OS birthday xD ill give it the pleasure to watch it with me ;P

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    it brought me back i joined the site a few moths after it was made... still my favourite site... HAPPY BIRTHDAY OS!!!
    What does it feel like to die? It really hurts.


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    Otanjoubi omedetou, OS~ I hope we'll grow old together lol ^-^
    I'm singing here~

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    happy birthday os!!!

    i promise to help that we will celebrate next year too BD

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    Happy birthday to OS :D
    It is getting better and better and i hope it will survive for many more years ^^

    Cheers

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY OS!!!!!

    Best Site On The Internet =]

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    happy birthday, I'm glad I've been part of OS almost the full 2 years

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    Hah, I remember that old green and black layout...
    The community was certainly alot smaller back then.
    Anyway, Happy Birthday OS, and may it live many more years.

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    Happy Birthday OS!!!

    This is the best site ever,thanks to all the people that are making it possible!

    "Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power."

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    Oh WOW, I'm actually looking at the previous versions of OS!!!
    Man!!!! I haven't even knew that there was such a site called AsianOtaku.... thats really interesting knowing this for the first time.
    Seeing the original OS surprised me because it's waaaay different from it is now.... XD

    Well, I'm glad I was here to celebrate the 2nd anniversary... XP
    I wonder how the 1st one was like.
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