Streaming Services

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I am slowly learning how to get more bang for my buck with my Viasat Liberty 12 plan.
I am ready to make the next leap to a movie streaming service that is capable of scheduled downloads during the LNFZ. I have also been using "Free Download Manager" to schedule YouTube downloads, so I want to avoid conflicts between download managers.
What are the pro's and con's of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. I would want to download at least 720p quality movies.  Anything less than that ruins the experience. I do not want to risk having this data charged to my account.
Thanks.
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Old Labs

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Look into PlayOn - https://www.playon.tv/

Stephen Rice (or others who use it) will undoubtedly be along shortly to tell you more - it pairs well with Liberty Plans having a free zone.
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Yea. Play On appears to be the best option to do this. Will need to combine with a Roku . I haven't done it yet, but I plan on doing it.
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I take it Play On is a download manager.
What streaming service is best?
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Yep. Playon along with Netflix are your best bet. I wrote an article about this a while back.

https://community.viasat.com/viasat/t...
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Stephen you have quite a setup.
I have a Sharp Smart TV with 2 usb connectors. The TV will read movies on the memory stick that are MP4 format.
So, all I want to do is download stuff in MP4 format to my memory sticks and then attach them to my TV. I will not be broadcasting material using wifi.
Your article recommends Netflix or Amazon. Is one better than the other?
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Netflix has more content. But Amazon Prime gives you more than just video.

Nothing wrong with connecting your TV to wifi. I so it Roku, Cromecast, and the TV is directly connected via wifi too. With that being said, I run 98% of my streaming through the Bluray player.
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Netflix seems to work better than Amazon when it comes to using Playon to capture video.
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M.E.M.

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Downloaded Play On just now. It is on sale from their web site for $29.99 for those who are interested.
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Good luck. Not sure if Stephen mentioned it in his other post and since I know you have a Liberty plan,but  be sure to disable the Video Data Extender option on your Viasat account if 720p is a requirement for you as stated in your original post. PlayOn's not really a downloader but rather a recorder and quality delivered may be impacted by that Viasat setting. Let us/me know how it works out in the manner you intend to use it (i.e. without the Roku addition and just the basics).    
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PlayOn appears to be on sale a lot. I know I bought it on sale too.

Let us know how it works for you for sure!
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What Lab's said.  Turn off the video data extender when using Playon to capture video during the free zone.