Excellent streaming program for those on a plan that offers a Free Zone

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Probably one of the biggest issues with folks with Exede or any limited data service is video streaming. A while back I learned about a program called Play On. I am in NO way connected to whoever owns this technology but I AM an avid user. Back when I bought it, it cost roughly $50. When you open the program you can log in to various streaming services like Netflix through the program and search for programs you want to view. You can pick a show and set the record time....so if you have a free zone of 3-6am you can set it accordingly. What it basically is is a screen recorder. It saves the video file as an mp4 file in your computer's Video folder under a sub folder for Play On. You can then put those files on a jump drive and plug them into your TV's usb port and watch them from there.

We have used it quite a bit. I know there are other services that do something similar but the fact that this one stores it in a file format that you can archive is super cool.

Andy
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You are right.   I have it and it works well. You can simple "cast" it to a smart tv or roku device from you computer.  It is easy and give very good picture quality. 
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That's a great idea, but it costs, I'm spending too much already on internet, I should be able to use it as it is, without spending more. Very unhappy with this service!
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Just a note, Play On has a special today (8/25/2017) if you pay for an annual subscription, it works out to only 1.50 per month, that's 18.00 for a year for the desktop version.

It would be a great companion for Netflix, Amazon Prime and, similar services.
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Just buy it once for $50 and own it for life, why rent ?
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It's about $70 lifetime now tho so will try it out for a year at $18 first.  Who knows, maybe things will change in a year and I won't need it.  
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Nightshift was the BEST for pre-recording Netflix. Unfortunately a great product never gained enough traction and can no longer be purchased.

Will have to try Play On if Nightshift dies (existing customers can still use it as of now) before Viasat-2 gets here. Then "hopefully" plans will be good enough I won't have to count every little byte I use :).
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Thank you so much for writing about this!  I never heard of it but am subscribing right now.   I would hug you if you were here!!!
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You can also download Netflix and Amazon content to a tablet and use Chromecast, but the video and audio were not the best (sorry Andy :).

Anyhow good tips for people to try!
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As I said in my original post, the really cool thing with this program is that it saves it in common mp4 format. At my house I've put a bunch of series shows on a thumb drive, just plug it into the TV and binge watch. If I record kids shows for my youngest daughter then she can have all her shows on her own personal drive. Can't give this program enough praise.
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If you can plug a drive right into the TV, that sounds great! I might have to buy it just to play around with it.
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As Bev said earlier, you can buy a year subscription today for just $18.00.  I signed up to give it a try!  Not much to loose.
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VetSat, we've got an older TV that won't recognize video files on a thumb drive, only music and photos. If you run into that issue you can plug the thumb drive into the usb port on your bluray player....I have yet to see a bluray player not accept videos off a drive.

I tell ya another thing I have done with thumb drives. I've got a program that will rip video files off a dvd, I then put the mp4 files on the drive. It makes it a lot more handy to store whole series and with the capacity of the drives going up and the cost coming down, it's a win-win.
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Andy. Thanks for the advice. You said you had a 4K TV. A couple years ago I overhauled my entertainment system including a Smart TV. Hopefully with Viasat2 I will FINALLY be able to use ALL its functionality :)
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My Wife was wanting something larger than our 40" so one night I was in Walmart and they had a 55" 4K on clearance so I went ahead and picked it up. Now you figure I'm used to looking at HD tvs all day long due to my business and I was VERY used to the pic quality of our Sony 40". When I hooked up that 55" 4K and turned it on my mouth dropped. The scaling technology is simply unreal. It will upscale reg hd to near ultra hd. My neighbors, not to be outdone, bought a 75" 4K and you would think that at 75" it would HAVE to wash out the pic just a tad....nope, just as sharp as my 55.

Andy