movie downloads

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I recent purchased a smart TV. It has free movie apps however because of my slow download speed (8 to 12 Mbps) it spends a lot of time "buffering". Is there some way I can download the movie using "off peak" times so that I can play it later?
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Regarding the buffering, it may be that your plan is restricting your streaming speed, by design.  With some plans you can disable this restriction.  Be aware, though, that streaming can use a LOT of data.  What plan do you have?  

Regarding downloading the movies late at night so you can play them later, take a look at PlayOn Cloud.  Others can tell you more about it.  
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A lot of the forum goers here use the Plex service.  I'm not familiar with it, but I'm sure they'll check in with their experience and suggestions!
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Plex isn't a streaming service. Content has to be on your network. It's more of a media server for your own ripped legal content. I guess you could rent a disc from redbox and rip it. But I don't condone that.  
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Oops, wrong service!  That's what I get for posting before the coffee has taken effect.  
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You shall be flogged with a wet noodle!  :)  
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1) Get a subscription to the PlayOn Cloud.
2) Stream the movies to the PlayPn Cloud, which will record them.
3) Download the streaming content from the cloud to your PC.
4) Install Plex on your PC and make it a video server, moving the downloaded streaming content into its library.
5) See if your smartTV can connect to the Plex server. If not, attach a Roku to it and it will interface with the Plex server.
6) Enjoy the content at 720p with zero buffering.

It sounds a little complicated to get it setup, but once you do it works quite well.
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Or sign up to Netflix dvd/bluray plan and rip away. I don't see the difference between using PlayOn and ripping DVDs you rent. Just DVDs saves bandwidth. Either way you're getting the movie. It's like renting an iTunes movie and stripping the DRM. What's the difference? Isn't streaming services still a rental?
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MakeMKV + Handbrake = greatness 
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The difference is much of the online content today is streaming only. So if you want to watch a series off of Amazon or Netflix, streaming is about your only option.
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Ripping from a disc works good if you have a fast CPU. If not, it could take hours or most of a day.
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8 to 12 mbps is not a slow connection. You are probably on an unlimited plan that has a video restriction such as the bronze plan.

You can either upgrade to a more expensive plan or do what myself and many others do by utilizing Playon and Plex to build a media server.

I’m on an older Liberty 12 plan and I rarely go over my data limit thanks to my Plex server.