I have noticed some discussion in the last few months about video download workarounds.
I bought a new Windows 10 computer that comes with One Drive. I can rent space from MS for a few dollars per month.
I currently use PlayOn to download videos during the LNFZ but I seem to be limited to about 1 video per night because PlayOn will not start the next video in the que if there is not enough time left with the LNFZ.
Can I download videos from Netflix or other streamers to a rented MS One Drive account during non-LNFZ hours without being charged by Viasat for that data? If so, can I then set up PlayOn to download these videos from my One Drive account to my Windows 10 PC during the LNFZ?
Thanks for your input.
As noted by Andy, PlayOn Cloud is the best option for something like that. You buy recording credits that work out to 25 cents per recording (if credits are bought in bulk). Recording occurs in the cloud (on their servers) and you can then download the recording (mp4 format) at your leisure within 7 days - if you want to keep them in the cloud greater than 7 days you can buy an optional cloud storage plan - https://www.playon.tv/cloud
To use PlayOn Cloud you currently do need to use their Android (4.4 and up) or iOS (8.0 or later) app to schedule recordings, but can download them to anything for later viewing. I'm tempted to buy a cheap Android tablet just to try it out...
In M.E.M's case since he has that ASUS RT-AC3200 router he may also want to look into the Download Master application on his router - I haven't used it other than testing a small PDF download (scheduled during the free zone). It worked but I found it to be a bit cumbersome and often unreliable - but did allow downloading on a schedule with only the router powered on. When do schedule (rarely these days), I use Free Download Manager on Windows but for the most part I simply setup the list of downloads paused, take the laptop down to the library or McD's and let her rip on their dime (and fiber).
Playon Cloud send me and email concerning yesterday's recording in the cloud so far with no Viasat involvement.
This is what they sent me.
I checked one of my Firefox Extensions called "Free Download Manager" which automatically places the download link into the FDM.
Here is what I got.
So the download should start automatically during the LNFZ for me. The net result is no Viasat data is charged to me throughout the entire process. I do pay PlayOn Cloud $0.25 for this convenience.
Download speeds or freeze ups to be determined after downloading.