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I would also suggest you go to your Netflix account and adjust the "Playback Settings" www.netflix.com/YourAccount
They offer a high, medium, and low or auto, "Data Usage
per Screen” as to the playback download and watching quality.
This means, an example movie that might use 1 to 1.5 GB per hour, at the HD setting, will only use 0.7 GB on medium, or 0.3 GB on the low setting.
Quite a difference in bandwidth savings if you were to watch several movies a month.Hope it helps.
I do not have personal experience, but I would bet there is a way in the admin settings for each registered user.
Also, for in home use, there are routers than can be set to limits for each connection "computer or other devices" to control bandwidth and or data. This would include wireless routers also.
Hope it helps.
Why do I sense this may end badly with the demise of the LNFZ and EBFZ with simply increased caps being the unintended consequence? ;)
Everette: I'm no expert and only questioning for curiosity not correctness. I thought 'Time" was more important than size. Example: If it takes me 30 min to download a program at 4MBs and 4 mins at 12MBs...I'm saving on data usage...right? If what your saying is watching a 1 hour movie at a lower quality will yield less data usage. Or am I way off base? Streaming is different than data?
Also, how is your latency and jitter ? I get 'choppy' movies because of this F grade I get with megapath's speedplus.
Thanks Ricky P.
I will try the other test for a more 'accurate' test.
However, as you said, accuracy is not the 'real' problem. How do we get around this?
2. This software links to your Hulu and Netflix and downloads the videos, just like a DVR. Also, just like a DVR, it takes the same amount of time to download as the video takes to play; thus, if you use your five hour window, you can get two movies a night (or three short movies, I guess)
3. For bandwidth, assume 1 GB per hour of streaming video media at SD. Assume 3-5 GB per hour at HD. This is a pretty good estimate, regardless of source. Netflix, however, has an option to turn down your quality for all videos in the settings, but at the lowest, you still just under 1 GB/hr.
4. For size, assume 1 GB per hour of video. So a 32 GB drive will hold 32 hours of video, roughly.
5. PlayLater has no means of setting a timer. I use another freeware called Mouse Recorder Pro 2. It simply records your mouse clicks. You can then set the mouse click file to 'play' at midnight, thus you do not have to stay up. You just have to set your screen to be in the right place for the mouse clicks to click on stuff. I accomplish this by recording my mouse clicks with PlayLater at full screen.
6. I accomplish movies and 1 hour TV shows with a mouse click file I created that restarts the download within PlayLater. I set it up to click 'Restart' on each file in the My Recordings section at 11:59 pm. Before I go to bed, I set up five shows or two movies. I click to download and allow the download to start. Once the 'Cancel' button appears, I cancel the download (in the My Recording section). The buttons then change to 'Delete' and 'Restart'. I recorded my mouse clicks clicking on 'Restart' for each video. My screen size allows there to be six 'Restart' buttons, plenty for 5 1 hour shows. I also have a mouse click file for 5,4,3,2, and 1 shows to be 'Restarted'. I load proper file for how many shows I'm recording that night.
7. Scheduling the mouse click file to play at 11:59pm clicks on 'Restart' for each video. It's not a perfect system; I find sometimes the files do not download and when I'm on wireless, they almost never download. I hard lined my laptop into the router and it solved that problem.
8. I also recorded a mouse click file that right clicks on the PlayLater icon in the system tray (lower right in Windows) that selects 'Exit'. If a video is still downloading, I click 'Yes' to confirm canceling the download. If a video is still downloading, the mouse click will hit the 'Yes' button. If it is not downloading a video, it will instantly quit PlayLater and the click which confirms the 'Yes' button click harmlessly on the desktop below. I play this Quit PlayLater mouse click file at 5:00 am the next day.
9. Once you play around with recording your mouse clicks and playing the file back, you will see what you can do. For half hour shows, I record mouse clicks to shift-click 10 shows a night. Specifically, I use the search feature in PlayLater and record my mouse clicks to click file #1 then shift-click file #10 and click record. I do this for each series of 10 files because the buttons and other items move around.
This process took some trial and error play to get it right, but it works for me. Really well, I might add.
I hope this answers your questions. Reply and let me know if you need help setting up my system on your machine, if you choose to use it.
This is how we watch the recordings. They sort in alphabetical order.
One note on the cancel and restart mouse click method: PlayLater creates a file when the recording starts. Restarting will create another file. Using the delete button will delete the newer version, thus you need to go into your PlayLater folder and delete the empty files manually, otherwise PlayOn on the Roku will show two listing for each program. The only real pain with my method.
As for the USB on your TV, only certain models support the use of media via USB. Most TVs use the USB port for firmware updates.
Use the 'record' button and start clicking on PlayLater setting up things to record. Go back to Mouse Recorder and stop the recording. Then stop the PlayLater recordings. You can save and play the mouse file to see if it works the same by itself that it did when you did it.
Use the Mouse Recorder Calendar to 'Add' a file. Add the file you just made and set the time to 11:59 pm (i'd set it for 2 minutes in the future and wait to see what happens, the set it again for 1159.
I built another file that stops the recording by right-clicking on the PlayLater icon in the task tray and pressing quit.
I hope this helps a bit. I can take some screen shots when I get home, but I'm only allowed to type in this box at work.
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