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Old 09-30-11, 06:05 AM   #1
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PlayLater - Record Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD on your PC

The makers of PlayOn have created PlayLater software that records streaming videos. It costs $5 per month or $50 per year.

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PlayLater is a software program that gives you the ability to record movies and TV shows from supported Internet websites to your hard drive in order to watch them later at your convenience. Once recorded, you do not need an Internet connection to watch the recorded videos.

PlayLater relies on a free-version of PlayOn which must be installed on the PC. You can read more about PlayOn at www.playon.tv. The PlayLater installer will install PlayOn automatically for you if you don’t already have it installed. You do NOT need to purchase PlayOn to use PlayLater.
Here's a review which provides some details:

http://news.yahoo.com/review-softwar...204954840.html

Basically, the review says that the software has a lot of bugs that need to be worked out. Apparently, the video quality isn't very good. And the videos are recorded in a proprietary format, so you can only view them on a computer that's running the software. Or you can use PlayOn to stream the recordings to your TV, but that software requires an additional subscription fee.

If they can fix the bugs and improve the video quality, this might be worth trying out in the future.
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Old 09-30-11, 08:36 AM   #2
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Re: PlayLater - Record Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD on your PC

awesome, only $5 per month to record a service that costs $8 a month that can play video at any time on almost any modern device
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Old 09-30-11, 08:59 AM   #3
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Re: PlayLater - Record Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD on your PC

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awesome, only $5 per month to record a service that costs $8 a month that can play video at any time on almost any modern device
One problem with streaming sites, a lot of stuff expires. Instantwatcher.com has a long list of Netflix titles that will be removed in the next week. There's some stuff I wish I could record to watch later.

And it would be great for the Amazon VOD rentals. They have a daily $0.99 deal. Sometimes it's a good movie, but I gotta pass because I don't have time to watch it in the 24-hour rental period. But if I could record the movie to watch anytime, that would be awesome.
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Old 09-30-11, 09:07 AM   #4
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Re: PlayLater - Record Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD on your PC

apple is always having cheap rentals

wife and i decided to dump the DVR in the next week and get an apple TV. maybe even dump netflix streaming. it's going to be baby steps to dump cable

or just get the netflix dvd rental plan and watch it on DVD. $13 a month is like 2 discs at a time
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Old 09-30-11, 09:10 AM   #5
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Re: PlayLater - Record Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD on your PC

So this lets you by-pass the DRM these companies try so hard to put inplace?

Internet + Limited Basic is where it's at.
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Old 09-30-11, 12:35 PM   #6
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I don't think they will be able to survive. You can see a lawsuit coming in 5, 4, 3...
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