I woud be interested to hear from Exede users who have used Playlater.

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There isn't many users commenting anymore Joan. Knight will be by soon to help you.
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Haha while I appericate the thoughts Bobbie, I personally have never used playlater
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Hi there, I use playlater--what specifically would you like to know? I can tell you basically what it does for me (which is a lot).  Without it, I would not be able to watch streamed tv shows and movies on a regular basis, except during the later night free zone.  With the play later program, I can set up a queue of media (tv shows and/or movies) to be recorded by playlater to my hard drive  overnight during the 12 midnight to 5 a.m. free zone.  I sleep while that goes on, and when I wake up, I have these recorded shows/movies on my laptop harddrive and can choose to watch them whenever I like without using any of my data allowance.  This is great for me because all I can afford is the exede classic basic plan which only allows a total of 10 gb of data allowance per month.  So at this point, I can demand watch all those great shows which, before playlater, I could never watch. (Orange is the new black, House of Cards, etc etc).  Most of what I stream I get from a monthly netflix subscription, and I also have amazon prime so get amazon prime instant videos for free with the yearly Prime subscription.  I have also found that there really are some FREE online sites where you can actually watch loads of good tv series (both current and past) without having pay any subscription or fees to do so. Here is the link to the playlater website so you can read all about it if you are interested:  
www.playlater.tv
I believe you can choose to get playlater/playon by monthly subscription, but what I did instead was to take advantage of a good deal where I got a lifetime"license" for both playlater and playon for a very low price.
For people who are lucky enough to have cable or some good land based broadband internet(which I have never had access to), well, they don't need to have any kind of special way to stream what they watch..they just turn on the tv and watch, so playlater doesn't do all that much for them except act like an online DVD player.
Oh, I did get a Roku2 which works well with what I stream, and Playon works with the Roku so I can watch what I have recorded on my hard drive on my tv.  Playon will also allow, if I understand correctly, allow you to watch what you have recorded on various devices.
Once I had the experience of being able to watch some great acclaimed tv series on demand, and to watch as many episodes at a time as I felt like, and without commercials...well that is the best tv experience I have ever had--I actually got a roof top tv antenna to get my local tv channels for free, and then d/c'd my direct tv--satellite tv does NOT measure up anymore now that I can watch what I really want to watch, when I choose to watch it.
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I have a roku 2 and this enables me to watch streamed tv shows/movies etc on my tv.
If I understand correctly, you mean, once you have something recorded to your hard drive, how are you going to be able to watch  what has been recorded on your tv via Roku?
I just watch what i record on my laptop, because it has a fairly big screen, but I think you may need to have something that goes hand in hand with Playlater.tv which is called Playon.tv.  I bought a lifetime "license" to both of these for very little money some time back (they had a special), so I don't have to worry about any monthly fees.
If I remember correctly, because I have PLAYON as well as PLAYLATER, I can choose to watch any stuff recorded by playlater on my Roku, under the PLAYON heading (but not 100% sure if I have this right)
My advice is for you to contact playlater's support people...I have contacted them a few times and they were always VERY helpful.  to contact them you just open your playlater program and you will see "HELP' and can click on that at the top of the screen and look for what to do next.  I bet you can also go to the website www.playlater.tv and get the same kind of support/answers you need.
My impression is that if you subscribe to Playon as well as to Playlater that you can set it up to play any of your recordings on any number of devices that will work with playlater. (in addition to your roku)
there are a lot of people with EXEDE who are using playlater and some seem to know a whole lot about it, but I personally like to start with the direct source for help, which is the Playlater reps.
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i just watched almost two hours of a tv show and used 2.5 gb of internet
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I think I understand this whole thing now, where has this thing been all this time?! Now I don't even need the roku 3 since I have a wii my son no longer uses. So I pretty much will be doing as you do LorrieL. Want to somehow download my shows during freezone and watch them later on tv mainly. I can't wait. So there is a setting on the playlater I can set to download during freezone correct? Can I put this setting one time for all shows or do it for each show as I choose?
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I'll tell you how I do it.  I am a night owl, so I wait until Free zone starts at midnight,open up my playlater.tv program on my laptop.  You will see ALL the different channels you can pick to get streaming media--my favorite is Netflix; so for example  over the last few days I have been recording the new Netflix show "Sense8"
I click on the netflix channel on my playlater screen, and then enter the title of the show in the search box--then click on what comes up until I see a list of all of the episodes in chronological order...let's say I start with season one, episode one and click on that--I will get a box where I can give the command "record" and it will tell me when it starts to record.  Now I can click on other episodes which will automatcially queue up behind episode one--if all goes well, while I am sleeping, these shows will be recorded to my hard drive one after the other.  certain technical issues may stop the progress, not too often, but if this happens, I may go back and find that everything didn't get recorded and will have to do a do over.  You need to be sure whatever you are recording on isn't programmed to shut down after a certain period of time or anything like that or recording will stop of course.  You also have to make sure you don't set up a queue of media that goes longer than 5 hours, the period of time the LNFZ lasts (midnight to 5).
One issue with Playlater is of course that some people don't want to stay up until midnight to set up recording.  Other people have posted on this site a way you can use a program I am not familiar with that will allow you to set up your queue ahead of time..this is a program which can be set up to LATER perform the clicks on playlater that I have to stay up till midnight to initiate.  this is not something you get from playlater, but is put out by another source for use on various kinds of programs.
anyone remember the name of that particular program or have the link for the post on this forum about how to use that software with Playlater?
A while back I asked Playlater if they are planning to work on making Playlater able to be set to record FUTURE shows, or to be set up to record shows to start recording in the future.  they said they are "working on it"--I am guessing but there may be some legal issues they may be concerned about.  When Playlater.tv first came out there was much talk about whether they were going to be attacked and told they were somehow not legal..Haven't heard about that happening yet.  They say they aren't doing anything people don't already do with their VCR's.  and vcr's of course CAN be set to record programs in the future.  Just have to see if anything changes with Playlater in the future.
Playlater.tv was originally marketed as being the equivalent of an online VCR, not necessarily as a way to be able to stream without putting a dent in your satellite internet data usage allowance.  But it DOES work for the latter, otherwise I wouldn't be able to watch streamed material AT ALL outside of LNFZ pretty much instead of all the time as I do with PLAYLATER recorded shows.  I only have 10GB per month and that is all I can afford.
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forgot to mention:  I often am up until 2 or 3 a.m.,so sometimes at midnight I set up shows to record to my harddrive over the next few hours, and then go and start streaming something live to watch while Playlater is doing it's thing with those other shows or movies or whatever.  I am able to watch other stuff while the recording is going on with no problem.  On the playlater screen you will also see at the top a heading to click on called "my recordings" which is a fast way to check on what is recording, how much has been completed, have there been any problems with the recording you need to address, or is the recording complete. You can start watching what you have recorded either from that playlater page, or you will also find the recordings you make in your laptop or device library and can watch from there.  It really is a very nice program they came up with.  Not too hard to figure out how to use, or I never would have! but if you do have any problems, definitely go to the playlater support people--they will send you DETAILED instructions on what to do to fix your problem.

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