When it comes to cord cutting, Plex is feature-rich streaming media solution that also allows you to view and record over-the-air TV content in HD.
If you are a cord cutter, there are a lot of options out there to get the content you want. From on-demand streaming services like Netflix to live cable services like PlayStation Vue or Sling TV. But what if you want to record the over-the-air content you get from your antenna? Plex is a popular media server that, among many other things, allows you to record live OTA TV shows in HD.
Here is a look at how to set up your Plex DVR to record live OTA TV using an HDHomeRun device connected to your network. An HDHomeRun is a box that you plug into your network and attach an OTA antenna. Then, you can stream live TV to virtually any device connected to your network. For example, check out our article on using it to watch Live TV on Xbox One.
Record OTA TV Using Plex DVR
Once you set up your Plex server, head to Settings > Live TV & DVR and click the “Set up Plex DVR” button to get things started. We have a complete guide on setting up a Plex server. That article is a bit out of date and uses a Roku as an example, but the process is virtually the same.
One the next screen, you should see your HDHomeRun, make sure it’s selected and hit Continue. If Plex doesn’t see it, click the link at the top that will walk you through the steps to enter it in manually.
Next, make sure the signal source and your country are selected. You should see the number of channels that it found, but you can always have it scan again to make sure it has them all. Then click Continue.
Select your language and enter your zip code to continue. Your zip code is needed so Plex can download your electronic TV guide for your local area.
Give it a moment while it pulls up the TV guide for your local GEO. The UI allows you to also customize your guide by unchecking any channels you’re not interested.
Now that your Plex server is set to receive the live TV signal from your HDHomeRun, you can start to view and record live TV shows. From the guide, find the show you want and click the Record or Play button in the show’s field. You will have the schedule for up to 14 days worth of content. So, if you need to record the big game, you’ll be able to find and schedule it to record.
Keep in mind that you will need to set up a library on the server first. If you don’t have one yet, you’ll be prompted to create one the first time you record something new. To make things easy, I created a single new folder for all OTA recordings, but you can manage your content in whatever way that works best for you.
You can also start recording a show while watching it. Just click the Record button while viewing or go to the Discover section of the guide and click the Record button on a show’s thumbnail.
Now, it’s also worth noting that you can record and view shows from virtually any device which supports the Plex app. For example, in the shot below I am using Plex on Apple TV – but it works similarly on other devices. From the main menu, head to Live TV & DVR > Recording Schedule and there you will find all of the shows that have been recorded and watch them. Or, view the upcoming shows that are scheduled to be recorded. You can also go into the Channels section, find the show you want, and hit the Record button on the screen.
Watching and recording OTA TV shows through Plex is a straight-forward and easy process. Plex is highly customizable and as new features like this are continuously added, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular platform for cord cutters. And once it’s set up, you can watch TV and schedule recording from any device that supports Plex.
This is Plex running on Android, and you can view recorded shows, watch live TV, and even record shows.
The app is free and on a wide variety of platforms including Android, iOS, Xbox One, PlayStation, Windows 10, Roku, Fire TV, and more. While you can use Plex completely free, the premium service is the only way you can do live TV recording. Plex Pass includes several other features, too including mobile sync, offline viewing, premium music with lyrics, photo albums, parental controls and tons more. Check out the Plex Features page to see what Plex Pass offers compared to the free version.
Streaming is the wave of the future – but sometimes you want to download videos to your laptop to take with you or watch later offline. PlayOn lets you download any streaming video to your laptop or desktop computer, tablet, smartphone, iPad or iPhone. PlayOn works like a DVR works for your TV — only PlayOn downloads streaming movies or shows. PlayOn turns your favorite streaming videos into .mp4 files that you can easily move to any device to watch any time offline. There are 2 PlayOn products that will help you with downloading streaming shows and movies — PlayOn Cloud (for mobile) and PlayOn Home (for PCs). Read on to learn more.
Option 1. Record streaming videos with the PlayOn Cloud mobile streaming DVR app
PlayOn Cloud for iOS and Android devices is a mobile app that lets you record and download any video you already have access to from streaming services like Hulu, HBO, Netflix and more. Initiate recordings from your mobile device from anywhere and we’ll notify you when your recording is complete. Recordings will be temporarily stored in a complimentary cloud “locker” and available for download from anywhere on any device.
Just install the app from Google Play or the App Store, browse to the show you want to record in PlayOn Cloud and click on record. The app is free to install all you pay is a low per-recording fee (currently just $0.20 per recording when you pre-purchase bulk credits!).
» Learn more about PlayOn Cloud.
Option 2. Download streaming videos to your computer with PlayOn Home in just 3 easy steps.
Click on the Channels tab and click into the channel you want like Yahoo View which features free Hulu videos. Note: if you select Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or any other paid service, you will be instructed to enter your username and password for that service.
That’s it! When the streaming video recording is complete it will be automatically downloaded and saved to your computer. You can add more titles to your queue at any time.
When the recording is complete – you will receive a notification.
The streaming video you downloaded will be an .mp4 file for you to watch whenever and wherever you want. So once your streaming video download is complete, you can also:
- Easily transfer your streaming movie or show to your iPad or iPhone through the send to iTunes button. Watch ad-free with the PlayOn Mobile app (get it free in the iTunes store).
- Download your streaming video to any Android device or other PC by moving it from the Windows File Explorer directory. Watch ad-free with the PlayOn Mobile app (get it free in the Google Play store).
- Watch your downloaded streaming recording on your TV by clicking Cast from the PlayOn PC console (if you have a streaming device).
- Watch your downloaded streaming video from the free PlayOn channel on your Roku.
Plex is an awesome home media platform that helps manage locally saved movies, music, and more. Comprised of Plex Media Server and Plex Media Player, the platform makes it easy to organize your media and share it across a network. While it comes with its own media player, you can also use the VLC media player to play the content. Here’s how to stream Plex media to VLC.
The Plex Media Server installs onto your main computer, where you have all your media installed. It organizes all your content and can initiate streams to remote devices. Those devices can be other computers, tablets, or even phones, and they can be local or internet-based.
Plex Media Player is installed onto any device you want to consume your media on. It receives the stream from Plex Media Server and plays it, and it also allows you to browse and select from its interface.
Both elements make up Plex and are compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, NAS, Cloud storage, Android, iOS, Chromecast, Amazon devices, Apple TV, Kodi, PlayStation, Xbox, Roku, and Nvidia Shield. There are others I have likely missed, but you get the idea. It’s quite an extensive list of options to pick from.
Setting up Plex
To successfully use Plex, you will need a central computer or device that hosts all of your media. It will need to be left powered on whenever you want to consume that media, and it will need to be connected to your network and/or the internet.
The Plex Media Server is mandatory for this to work, but the app is optional. You can also watch through a browser or VLC media player, as I will show you.
- Download and install Plex Media Server onto that central device. Download the Plex Media Player app onto any device you want to consume the media on.
- Sign up for a Plex account and follow the setup wizard.
- If you want to stream outside your home network, enable ‘Connect to Plex.’
- Add your libraries when prompted. Select ‘Add Library’ and import the media you want to share.
- Add your network and allow remote access when prompted.
- Install the channels you want to include.
That is all you need to do for basic Plex Media Server setup; it’s a fairly straightforward process. DLNA, which is the network protocol we need to play on VLC, is enabled by default so no more action is needed here. You can spend more time later customizing and configuring it as you want to, and adding channels.
Next, you need to install the Plex Media Player onto any device you want to use Plex on. You don’t necessarily need to play media with it long term, but you will want to at least set it up so you can test everything works. Better to troubleshoot early on than to run into problems later.
- Install the Plex Media Player app onto your device.
- Follow the installation wizard to join the network and find the media.
- Rinse and repeat for each device you want to use Plex on.
In theory, this should now just work. You should be able to browse media in the Plex Media Player on any device you have it set up on, select something, and play it. One of the reasons Plex is so popular is because it just works without any hassle. It has been lovingly crafted to deliver a seamless experience and it does it very well.
Stream Plex media to VLC
If you want to stream Plex media to VLC, it may be easy or more difficult depending on your network setup. As DLNA (the network protocol used by Plex) is enabled by default and works with UPnP, VLC should be able to pick it up without issue. But lots of people have had issues so it isn’t necessarily the most straightforward process.
Once everything is set up:
- Open VLC on a remote device and select ‘View.’
- Select ‘Playlist’ and scroll down on the left pane until you get to ‘Local Network.’
- Select ‘Universal Plug n’ Play’ and wait for the box on the right to populate.
- Select folders in the right pane to find media to play.
- Double click specific media and it should begin playing right away in VLC.
If all goes well, the media will play in VLC without issue. If the right pane doesn’t populate or doesn’t find any media, double-check that DLNA is enabled in Plex Media Server. Navigate to ‘Settings and Server’ in Plex Media Server and make sure that the box next to ‘DLNA server’ is checked. It should be by default. Also, enable ‘Direct Play’ and ‘Direct Stream’ if they aren’t already.
If you want to stream Plex media to VLC player, that is how you do it. Plex Media Player is pretty good, but we like what we like sometimes, and there’s no shame in wanting to stick to the things you know you like.
Чтобы смотреть фильмы и сериалы офлайн в любое время, загрузите их из приложения Netflix. Подробнее о том, как найти, загрузить и смотреть загруженные фильмы и сериалы, можно узнать ниже.
Чтобы загружать видео с Netflix, вам потребуется последняя версия приложения Netflix на одном из следующих устройств:
iPhone, iPad, или iPod touch, работающий на базе iOS 9.0 или более поздних версий;
телефон или планшет Android, работающий на базе Android 4.4.2 или более поздних версий;
планшет Amazon Fire, работающий на базе Fire OS 4.0 или более поздних версий;
планшет или компьютер, работающий на базе Windows 10 (версии 1709 или новее) или Windows 11.
Выберите модели Chromebook и Chromebox
Найти и загрузить фильм или сериал
Нажмите на любой фильм или сериал и посмотрите, есть ли на странице описания значок Загрузки . Если этот значок есть, то это значит, что видео можно загрузить. Также вы можете отфильтровать те из них, которые доступны для загрузки. Не все видео доступны для загрузки.
Откройте приложение Netflix и нажмите на значок Загрузки .
На устройстве с Windows 10 или Windows 11 откройте приложение Netflix и выберите Меню .
Выберите Посмотреть возможные загрузки , Поиск файлов для загрузки , Найти другие файлы для загрузки или Доступно для загрузки , в зависимости от вашего устройства.
Выберите фильм или сериал.
На странице описания нажмите на значок загрузки .
У сериалов значок загрузки будет появляться для каждого доступного эпизода. Пользователям Android также будет доступна функция Загрузка сезона для загрузки всех эпизодов выбранного сезона.
Чтобы экономить мобильный трафик, загружайте видео по Wi-Fi.
Одновременно у вас может быть не более 100 активных загрузок на всех устройствах, входящих в план подписки.
Если вы аннулируете свой аккаунт, загруженные фильмы и сериалы будут удалены с вашего устройства. Вы сможете скачать их снова, если решите возобновить подписку.
Просмотр загруженных фильмов и сериалов
Чтобы у вас всегда был доступ к загруженным видео, рекомендуем не выходить из аккаунта в приложении Netflix.
Откройте приложение Netflix и выберите Загрузки .
На устройстве с Windows 10 или Windows 11 откройте приложение Netflix и выберите Меню , а затем Мои загрузки .
Найдите видео, которое хотите посмотреть, и нажмите Смотреть .
Если это сериал, выберите его, а затем нажмите Смотреть рядом с нужным эпизодом.
Загруженные фильмы и сериалы доступны на том устройстве, на которое были скачаны файлы. Их можно смотреть из любого профиля вашего аккаунта. Загруженные фильмы и сериалы через некоторое время удаляются. Также для некоторых из них существует ограничение на количество загрузок в год. Закончив просмотр, удалите загрузки с устройства.
Хотите узнать подробнее о загрузках в Netflix?
When you manage your home media with Plex, you can share your libraries with others. Here’s how to set everything up and share TV and movies with your friends.
Plex is a powerful piece of software that lets you manage your media library and stream it to any other device you own. It also has one special superpower that elevates it above similar apps like Kodi: You can share your library of movies and shows with other Plex users.
Sharing your Plex library is relatively straightforward, but depending on how organized your library is, you might want to do a little prep work. Here, we’ll walk you through how to share your libraries with friends, as well as a few things you might want to take care of before you do.
Organize Your Plex Libraries
Before you share your library, it’s a good idea to make sure your house is in order. After all, if you were going to invite someone to come pick a movie out of your Blu-ray collection, you’d probably make sure everything on the shelf was organized and all the disks were in their cases.
The most important thing to do is to make sure that everything in your library is something you want to share. If you have home movies or maybe some guilty pleasures you don’t want to advertise that you own, put them in a separate library.
After that, it helps to make sure that the movies and shows in your library have their metadata in place and look good. You can check out our full guide on how to do this, but you can do most of the work by simply using Plex’s official naming conventions for movies (Opens in a new window) and TV shows (Opens in a new window) when you add them to your collection. Plex should gather the correct posters, plot descriptions, and background images.
Does Everyone Have a Plex Account?
Before you can share your Plex library with someone, they must have an account with the service. If not, direct them to Plex’s website (Opens in a new window) and have them create an account. Their account will allow them to access shared libraries and share their Plex library with others, if they want.
If they only want to watch videos from your library on the web, they’re good to go. However, streaming or casting from a mobile device will require them to download the app for Android (Opens in a new window) or iOS (Opens in a new window) . These apps are free to download, but have limitations unless you unlock a one-time, $5 in-app purchase.
The main limitation they’ll care about is a one-minute limit on streaming video, which makes it pretty useless for watching movies if they don’t pay up. Plex does offer a Plex Pass with a ton of extra features (Opens in a new window) , but your friends don’t need it to watch your movies.
Invite Friends to Access Your Libraries
That seemed like a lot of setup, right? Running a Plex server can be like that. But with the hard part out of the way, it’s time to invite your friends. From the Plex Web App (Opens in a new window) , click the three-dot icon next to any library and choose Share.
Enter the username or email address of the person you want to share your library with, and click on the user when it pops up. In the next window, choose which libraries you share with others. To share all of them, select your server and click Save. Or select only the libraries you want to share, then click Save.
The person you’re sharing with should then get an email invitation to access your library. Once accepted, they can pull up your libraries in any Plex app. If they (or you) have access to multiple servers, they can manually switch between them or search across all servers.
Manage Access to Your Servers
Once your friends have access to your server, they can stream any of your movies and shows whenever they want. That’s great for them, but it also means they will be accessing your server and using your internet whenever they do.
If that becomes a problem, there are things you can do to ease the burden. Some of the features we’ll discuss here are part of the Plex Pass subscription, but only you as the server owner have to subscribe to get these features.
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In the Plex Web App, you can set data limitations on outgoing streams. Go to Settings, and under Remote Access, enter your home internet speed. Plex will automatically adjust streams so they will not exceed this limit. You can also manually limit the bitrate of remote streams to avoid anyone watching from tearing into your bandwidth too much.
While a major reduction in the bitrate will result in a drop of quality, you can scale it down without dropping the quality too far. If you’re hosting a server on a limited internet connection, this can be an invaluable tool.
The Plex dashboard can also be used to see who is currently streaming from your library, and how much of your resources they’re using. This includes not only bandwidth, but CPU and RAM usage on the machine hosting your server. If you use a desktop—say the one you also play games on—to host a server, then you might want to know when someone is hogging your resources.
If someone is draining your system constantly, you can cut them off, or just figure out a deal among friends where they aren’t streaming every Marvel movie at 4K every single night.
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I want to make the perfect home media center but I’ve come across a very tough decision: should I use Plex or XBMC? I’ve heard great things about both platforms, and don’t know the main differences. Can you help me decide?
Both XBMC and Plex offer great unique features and similar ones, which should come as no surprise if you know the history of these two home theater PC (HTPC) platforms. XBMC is open-source software, and Plex is mostly-open source software based on XBMC (though its mobile apps are closed). Although Plex didn’t differentiate itself much in the beginning, it has grown into a feature-rich, powerful, and still easy-to-use platform that most anyone could set up with ease. XBMC, on the other hand, tends to trade ease of use for a high amount of customization. To sum up the main difference, Plex is easy but limited and XBMC is hard but almost infinitely customizable. Of course, each platform offers a variety of other advantages and problems. Let’s take a look at some common considerations and figure out if you ought to use Plex, XBMC, or a combination of both.
Operating System and Device Support
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You may not have to decide whether to use XBMC or Plex after all. Depending on the operating systems and devices you want to use with your HTPC, you may only have one choice. Both Plex and XBMC run on most anything, but some limitations apply for each:
- Windows: Both XBMC and Plex run without any caveats. Plex offers a Windows 8 modern-style app as well.
- OS X: Both XBMC and Plex run without any caveats.
- Linux: You can download XBMC via most repositories on most builds of Linux or install XBMCbuntu , which installs Linux and XBMC together. Plex runs on Ubuntu, Fedora, and CentOS .
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: Plex runs on iOS and can be purchased from the iTunes App Store for $5. XBMC runs on iOS and doesn’t cost anything, but requires your device to be jailbroken first.
- Android Smartphones and Tablets: XBMC runs on Android and can be downloaded directly from the official XBMC site for free. Plex runs on Android, costs $5, and can be installed via Google Play , the Amazon Appstore , or the Nook Store .
- Windows Phone: Plex runs on Windows Phone. XBMC does not.
- Raspberry Pi: XBMC runs on the Raspberry Pi with multiple builds that offer their own advantages. Plex has an unofficial port .
- Apple TV: XBMC runs on the Apple TV 2. Although Plex can run on the Apple TV 2 , it’s more work. With both platforms, the Apple TV 2 must be jailbroken .
- Google TV: Plex runs on Google TV, costs $1, and you can download it from the Google Play Market . XBMC does not run on Google TV.
- Set Top Boxes and Televisions: Plex runs on Samsung TVs , LG TVs , and Roku boxes , both for free. XBMC doesn’t support any set top boxes other than the jailbroken Apple TV 2.
Note: To find downloads for all operating systems, visit either the XBMC or Plex download pages .
Setup and Configuration
Plex takes about five minutes to set up. XBMC can take five minutes, too, but can also take a lot longer if you want to configure additional features and customize your setup. If you’re looking for a simple process, you’ll probably prefer Plex. All you do is install the server software, tell it where to find your media, and create a Plex account that you can use to log in from the server and any client devices. When running Plex on a client computer, mobile device, television, or set top box, it’ll automatically detect any servers connected to your account. From there, you can just start using Plex whether you’re home or thousands of miles away.
That isn’t to say you’ll have a hard time setting up XBMC. You can simply download XBMC for your platform, tell it where to find your media, and call it a day. However, most users want to do more than that. If you have your media in a remote location, you’ll need to set up file sharing on that system and tell XBMC how to access it. You’ll also spend some time configuring XBMC’s settings to work just the way you like, as it contains far more fine-grained controls than Plex. Still, if you’re only installing the app on a computer the process doesn’t require too much effort. When you get into customization, however, you can spend hours getting XBMC just the way you like it (which we’ll discuss later). For some, this can be a plus or a minus. It really depends on how much effort you want to expend and what you want to accomplish. Finally, XBMC’s setup process differs from platform to platform but we have guides to help you through many of them: any Windows, OS X, or Linux computer , small, Linux-friendly hardware , Apple TV 2 , Raspberry Pi , and inexpensive, custom hardware .
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The Bottom Line: If you want to get up and running in minutes, including powerful features, Plex will do the trick. If you don’t mind spending more time setting things up manually and tweaking settings to get exactly what you want, XBMC’s setup process won’t deter you (and you might actually like it).
XBMC offers a remarkably high level of customization, from plug-ins to skins to additional features like watching live television . If you can think of it, chances are XBMC can do it. It may not right out of the box, but because of its customization options you can add on almost whatever you want. On top of that, XBMC is filled with little settings and tweaks. If you don’t like the way something works, you can most likely change it.
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Updated Apr 8, 2022, 5:26 pm EDT | 5 min read
There’s a lot of content on the internet, and you likely won’t have the time to view all of it when you first come across it. Seeing a cool thing you want to check out but then needing to abandon it is never fun, but fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save that content for later.
It’s worth noting that there are multiple apps and software recommended in this article, most of which are free to install with premium versions that include power-user-focused features. We’ll highlight any exceptions when we get to them.
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Many social media platforms will feature their own bookmarking or saving tools for this exact problem. Twitter and Facebook take similar approaches to this. You can bookmark/save posts to be revisited later.
YouTube also has a good solution for this, which is great because there are a lot of multiple hour-long videos on the platform that might pull you in with a great title and thumbnail—until you notice the time counter. The “Watch Later” playlist saves the day in that situation; you can add any video from your recommended to it with a simple push of a button.
With how often we’re exposed to new pieces of content solely because of social media sites, it would be a shame if they didn’t have some way of combatting this issue. And while the options we’ll be going over soon feature more tools and choices to fine-tune all of this, these platform-specific options are fine for simple saving.
There are many bookmarking or “save-later” apps with the sole purpose of enabling you to save content for later. These typically accept links directly into their systems to be organized or fed back to you. And there are quite a few players in this field, so let’s see who counts as the best of the best.
- Pocket (Android/iOS): Pocket allows you to save everything you come across on the internet in one convenient place. Whether that’s links, images, videos, or even stuff like Tweets, you can share it to the app and add it to your list—then tag everything how you see fit for further organization. You can also view articles without ads thanks to Pocket relaying them to you with its own reader. Pocket has various browser extensions for one-click saving and features integration with over 1,500 apps to make saving content from them easier. You can even browse what other people are saving if you want to find some new stuff to read and watch. It’s also cross-platform between a whole range of devices from laptops to phones and iPads.
- Instapaper (Android/iOS): If you prefer something a bit simpler than Pocket, Instapaper features a straightforward UI and will still accept most forms of online content you throw at it. You can create folders to organize things or just “Like” the most important stuff to appear in your favorites tab. There’s even a simple note-taking system built-in and a “Browse” tab if you want to see what’s popular with other users. It also includes ad-free versions of articles as well. Instapaper is fully cross-platform between basically everything you could want it on.
- Raindrop (Android/iOS): While Pocket and Instapaper have been around for over a decade each, Raindrop is slightly newer. Raindrop’s overall design is a bit more modern-feeling than its competitors, allowing you to view multiple pieces of content at once, and it features some great organization options (although, some features, like nested folders, are locked behind the premium version). Just like Instapaper and Pocket, it’s cross-platform amidst a whole bunch of devices and browsers to make saving things simple.
- Partizion: Partizion is yet another fantastic bookmark manager, however, it’s currently in beta and only works in Google Chrome at the moment. It currently costs $4 a month, which is planned to increase post-beta, however, you can lock in the beta pricing for life if you sign up before the full release. But the great part about Partizion is it makes managing your bookmarks and various links simple with some great nested folders. So whether you want to categorize everything to the finest point, or keep things in more general sections, it all works excellently. The extension makes things simple to save—just click on it and choose the tabs you want to keep. The entire program has been built for people who have trouble hoarding loads of tabs every day, so if that sounds like you, Partizion may be the solution.
- EmailThis: The final program we’re mentioning is a rather straightforward one. EmailThis emails all your links to you if you’d prefer to manage them through your email client, rather than having another app you need to check. There are browser extensions available for Chrome and Opera to make things simple, but you can also use the “Bookmarklet” on any browser. This is a link you add to your bookmarks (desktop or mobile), which when clicked on will send the current tab you have open to your email. It’s a simple solution to saving things, and it doesn’t have much room for customization, but if you prefer simplicity then EmailThis should be right up your alley.
Note-taking apps can be a good solution to this problem since they’re more multifaceted than dedicated save-later apps. For example, if you’re doing research on a topic and want to save links alongside your own writings, a note-taking app is a far better solution than programs like Pocket or Instapaper.
Google Keep (Android/iOS): Keep is Google’s simplistic, cross-platform note-taking software available on the web and dedicated apps for mobile devices. You can create labels for the sake of organization and archive links after you’re done with them. Google Keep is also entirely free, so you don’t need to worry about any features being locked behind a paywall.
There’s a lot of stuff to sift through on the internet, and you likely won’t have the time to view it all at first sight. So instead of losing that interesting or fun-looking video or article, you can save it forever thanks to one of the programs we’ve outlined here.
I watch a lot of online video, and it’s great when I’m actually connected to the internet, but sometimes I want to finish what I’m watching somewhere Wi-Fi or cellular data doesn’t reach. Is there a way I can download videos from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, etc., so I can view them offline?
Online Video Addict
Yes and no. Many online video sites operate on a streaming model so you can’t just download the video file to your hard drive. They do this because the offer ads, or want control over when and how you watch the content. While you’re breaking the rules by downloading from services who try to prevent you from doing so, it’s understandable if you just want to finish watching something when you don’t have an internet connection. There are ways you can do it, and some methods are better than others. Let’s take a look at the most popular online video sites and look at your options.
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Downloading from YouTube used to be as simple as clicking a button. Video files used to be exposed. You could just find their URL and download them. Unfortunately that is no longer the case, but that doesn’t mean saving a YouTube video to your hard drive is impossible. Adapter is a great free audio and video converter for Windows and OS X that also happens to have a YouTube downloader built-in. In fact, it can often recognize video from most other video sharing sites so long as they use Flash. You just enter the URL in Adapter’s built-in browser and it’ll recognize the video content. The downside is that you’ll generally have to let the video play through for Adapter to capture the entire thing. This isn’t a big deal, however, as most web content is fairly short and you can just mute your computer and do something else while Adapter handles the job. What’s even better is that Adapter will convert that video for you when it’s finished, whether that means a standard MP4 file for your mobile or an MP3 version of a music video. It’s pretty much the easiest way to handle the job if you want to save Flash content.
What you need to know
- Plex has two new features that it hopes will help people watch content.
- Discover brings multiple streaming services under one roof for easier searching and discovery.
- Watchlist gives people somewhere to save things they want to watch later.
Plex, the popular media management and playback app that is available across multiple platforms, has a new interface out today. The update adds two new features that are all about making it easier for people to find the content they want to watch — Discover rolls multiple streaming services into a single interface, while Watchlist gives people somewhere to save the things they want to watch in the future.
The announcement was made via a new blog post with the new Discover feature being the biggest addition. Users are able to tell Plex which streaming services they have access to — including Apple TV+, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video — and then have their content pulled into a single searchable view. When people select content they want to watch they will be pushed out to their respective apps or websites to begin the streaming process.
Today, we’re proud to be launching an entirely new section of Plex, focused on discovering, searching, and personalizing movies and TV shows across virtually any streaming service—whether it’s Plex’s own free movies and TV, or your other subscriptions like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and as many of the various personal media libraries you have access to. As of today, Plex searches, personalizes, and organizes all of your content, no matter where that content lives. Now, when you log in on any of our major platforms, including Roku, Apple TV+, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android mobile devices, smart TVs, game consoles, and the web app, you’ll get a new welcome screen that will invite you to customize your preferences.
Next is the new Watchlist, a simple way for people to mark content that they want to watch in the future — and it supports content that hasn’t been released yet, too. The theory is that people will always have a list of TV shows and movies that they can watch if and when the mood takes them. The same feature will also show people where they can watch content, too.
And with our unified Watchlist, now you can keep a single, central list that covers what you might want to watch on any service. So, instead of a watchlist on your HBO Max account and your Amazon Prime service and your FXNow service, you just add it all to your Plex Watchlist. And what’s better, when you add Beavis and Butt-Head Do America to your list, we’ll always know where you can watch it when you’re ready—because it was on Hulu when you added it but who knows what service(s) it’s on now (oh that’s right, we do!).
All of this is available in beta form now, although both Discover and Watchlist have been rolled into the shipping version of Plex so everyone can try them out right now.
Don’t yet have Plex? You can download it now across all kinds of platforms including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and more.
Plex has long been one of the best Apple TV apps for consuming media and these latest improvements are going to further cement its place on TV Home screens around the world.
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How Can I Capture Live Streaming Video from Different Platforms?
Every day, we are bombarded with live video from YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Hulu, Netflix, etc. Right? Due to the improvement of living standards, people’s work pressure is getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps very few of them are willing to waste time watching live streaming video. There’s no way you can pause live streaming video, so there are many people who miss out on great shows. Have you ever thought about capturing these live videos for later viewing in your free time? The live video streaming page does not provide built-in save functionality. You need to record live streaming video by capturing screen activity, including live broadcasts, live music, live broadcasts, live news, and more. In this tutorial, we show you a perfect screen recorder, facilitating you to store online videos even the protected ones.
UkeySoft Screen Recorder is a brilliant program for capturing online videos or any other type of screen activity. With it, you can easily record streaming video with high quality, such as Dailymotion video, Amazon video, Youtube video, Vimeo video, online conference call, online demo, Fox news, Netflix, Hulu video, CBS, WWE video, UStream and more. And it can also be copied to your hard drive or replayed on any mobile device in popular output formats: MP4 (H264), MP4 (MPEG4), FLV, AVI (H264), AVI (MPEG4), AVI (XVID), WMV, etc. Plus, you have the freedom to choose full-screen recording or custom recording areas, capture video from your PC screen, record protected rentals or purchased videos, and seamlessly sync your video and audio. Let’s take a look at the main features of this software:
Capture any activity on your computer screen;
Podcasts and online radio capturing;
Record all local videos, online video, conferences videos, webcam videos, game videos with high quality;
Support popular output formats: MP4(H264), MP4(MPEG4), FLV, AVI(H264), AVI(MPEG4), AVI(XVID), WMV, etc.;
Take a snapshot on the screen at any customized size;
Record video with audio losslessly;
Edit the video as you like, adjust brightness, saturation, crop video, rotate video; picture in picture; add watermark to video; add subtitle to video and so on.
Click here to have a try and capture a live stream in only 4 steps:
How to Record Online Streaming Videos Effortlessly
Step 1. Install & Open the UkeySoft Screen Recorder
Free download the software on your computer. Install and open it then make a selection of the “Screen Recorder” option.
Step 2. Customize the Recording Area
This program allows you to freely select the recording area, you can choose full screen or custom.
Step 3. Select the Audio Input Channel
To get a high-definition streaming video, you should choose “Computer Sound” where you can record a video that maintains the original audio quality.
Step 4. Set the Output Info
After clicking Settings > Video menu, you can select the path, format, quality to save the streaming videos. The video can be saved in MP4, MOV, AVI, GIF and more.
Also, you can set hotkeys on “Hotkeys” section in order to to disable Show Mouse Cursor so that the recorder won’t capture mouse actions in the video.
Step 5. Start to Record Amazon Prime Video
Click the “Record” button to instantly record live streaming video on PC. Once it ends, you can preview the recorded videos on your computer then the recorded videos will be saved on your computer by clicking on “Save” button.
Every day when we open social media at work, we are bombarded with live video from Facebook, live streaming webinars, and streaming on YouTube.
How are we supposed to process it all in real time, especially when it might disappear the second we scroll with no way to find it again?
More importantly, how can you record streaming video so it’s not all lost in the internet’s void?
Don’t let the internet run your schedule.
You can easily capture or record live streaming video and share it with your friends or coworkers, or save it for later viewing. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it will bring order to a chaotic media landscape.
Here’s how to get started:
Step 1: Find a desktop capture tool
First, find a great screen recorder and screen capture tool.
There are many tools that will let you record your desktop screen. I use TechSmith Snagit, which is great to easily make screen recordings. You can even cut out the parts you don’t need. Or, if I need a tool with more editing abilities, I’ll use TechSmith Camtasia.
Step 2: Adjust your recording settings
Once you’ve downloaded Snagit, open it and familiarize yourself with the different settings.
Check your settings to be sure you’re ready to record video rather than capture an image.
After selecting the area of the screen you want to record, the screen recorder toolbar appears under the selected area. You can select to record microphone audio or system audio with a video recording.
If you want to record streaming video, you’ll probably want to capture the audio as well. Make sure system audio is selected.
System audio is any sound from your computer, such as application alerts, audio playing from your speakers, etc.
Step 3: Select an area to record
Click the Capture button and then select your entire screen, a particular window, or a custom region.
Here is an example of a NASA live stream that I recorded earlier:
Instead of selecting the entire browser window, I simply captured the streaming video section.
Step 4: Hit record
After you make your selection, click the record button to start.
While recording, pause and resume at any time, switch between the webcam and screen recording with the webcam button, and even change audio settings.
When you’re done recording, click the stop button to stop the recording.
A word of caution: If you plan to record a longer video stream, be aware that if your computer goes to sleep or if a screensaver starts running, your video recording may be interrupted. So, if you plan to start recording and walk away from your device, you may want to turn off screensavers and sleep mode.
Step 5: Save and upload
Once you have your video, you can save it to your computer as an MP4 or upload to share as needed. Snagit and Camtasia both have built-in export features to popular platforms, such as YouTube, Slack, Screencast.com, and more.
Snagit even lets you make a GIF out of your video! Remember, though, that a GIF won’t contain any audio.
Video capture can help you make a little sense of the chaos you may feel, especially if you’re working remotely. One of my favorite uses is recording a Zoom meeting, and there are an endless amount of other great uses for video capture, too.
Make sure you have permission to record and share content. For example, if you pay to attend a webinar but then record and share it with your coworkers, that could lead to trouble for you and your organization.
For a great video walkthrough of the process outlined in this post, check out the link below:
Frequently asked questions
Can I record a livestream’s video and audio at the same time?
With Snagit and Camtasia, you can! Simply toggle the aspects you’d like to record, like your screen system or system audio.
Can I record a livestream on my phone?
Yes, you can! To capture a livestream on your phone, download TechSmith Capture. Then, once you’re done recording, you can easily upload the video to Snagit or Camtasia for editing.
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Many of you know you can view your IP security cameras on your mobile devices, computer, monitor, Mac or web browsers. ”But how about viewing IP cameras or CCTV cameras on HDMI TV or smart TV? Can I stream IP camera on my TV wirelessly? Can I view my CCTV cameras on TV?” Here we give you the answers.
The following parameters are helpful when viewing & streaming IP cameras on TV:
Is It Possible or Easy to View My IP Cameras on TV
Yes, it’s possible. If your camera system consists of an NVR, it’s fairly easy to hook the NVR to your TV via an HDMI port or VGA port. While it might not be easy to stream IP camera on TV without the NVR.
One enthusiast shares his saga of viewing IP camera on TV, which might shed light on how seemingly easy-to-get job can entail so much work.
How to View & Stream IP Cameras on TV or Smart TV
Today we consult many professionals and experts and gather some insights on how to stream IP camera live feeds on a TV or smart TV without an NVR easily or view IP camera video feeds on TV wirelessly.
Solution 1: IP-Camera-to-HDMI Converter/Decoder
There is a device so-called NetcamViewer Monitor, which claimed to be able to live feed any IP security camera to your TV or monitor easily.
Users can just plug IP cameras into this device via Ethernet cable and connect to the TV HDMI port, you can switch the channel to watch TV or check out IP camera video feeds.
Or some users choose IP-camera-to-HDMI converter to convert videos streams, commonly seen as MPEG, MJPEG or H.264 into the format that can be broadcasted on TV, for example, Geovision decoder.
Solution 2: DLNA Method
Setting up Digital Living Network Alliance DLNA (what’s DLNA) server on a desktop computer PC and streaming IP videos on a DLNA-compliant TV is a way to go.
In order to have IP cameras stream accessible to be monitored on a standard modern television, IP video camera needs to be capable of data transfer over RSTP/RTP and the PC is acting as a bridge connecting IP cameras and DLHA-enabled TV.
Here is a detailed guide on how to stream an IP camera to a TV shared by IP camera users.
Solution 3: Google Chromecast or Apple TV
When you don’t want to run cables directly to your TV, Google Chromecast or Apple TV is a great alternative as long as the viewing apps support casting.
For example, some users suggest using Google Chromecast to mirror what you are watching on our Android phone to your home TV, or using Apple TV to mirror video feeds from surveillance camera mobile apps to display IP camera videos on a TV.
One user found a way to cast IP camera stream to TV with Chromecast via FFMPEG, converting RTSP stream into an HLS (HTTP Live Streaming).
It works by starting up the IP camera monitoring apps, enabling mirroring or screencast and displaying the video feeds. The setup might require a few steps along the road.
Solution 4: Streaming Apps on Smart TV
Of course, there are other feasible solutions, for example, you can download IP camera viewing apps on your Android TV, Smart TVs such as Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV.
For example, one Reolink user downloads Reolink Android APK file on LeTV and successfully views Reolink IP cameras on TV.
Users can download IP Cam Viewer or tinyCam Monitor to the TV together with Mini Android PC like UG802 Mini PC, which support TV (Android TV, Amazon Fire TV) viewing, however, the apps could be slow to load or respond or a bit frustrating to navigate.
Other Alternatives to View/Stream IP Cameras Videos Locally or Remotely
1. View & Stream IP Camera Videos on a Smartphone
Nowadays, thanks to surveillance technologies, such as P2P, users can easily tap into their Smartphone app, such as Reolink apps, Blue Iris, iSpy, IPcam Viewer, to view live video feeds at anytime anywhere as long as IP cameras and mobile devices are connected to the Internet.
Many IP cameras are 3rd-party compatible such as Reolink PoE cameras and non-battery powered WiFi security cameras, which make them compatible with third-party software such as Blue Iris, Milestone, iSpy, Synology, or IP Cam Viewer.
2. View & Stream IP Camera Videos on a Computer
Besides, users can use the computer like Window PC or Mac to get access to cameras remotely or locally via desktop software like Reolink Client, Milestone, Synology etc.
3. View & Stream IP Camera Videos on a Web Browser
Or users can live streaming videos on multiple web browsers without downloading apps or software such as on Google Chrome, IE Explorer, FireFox or Safari via logging in with IP address.
How to Connect CCTV Cameras to TV Without a DVR
Many users don’t need to record video footage to a DVR/NVR and just want to display the IP camera live videos on a TV or monitor. So how can you view video feeds on your TV, say, Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV or LG Smart TV?
It’s rather easy to connect CCTV camera to a TV because analog CCTV cameras transmit an analog/composite video signal, which is compatible with TVs that have a composite RCA video input.
Therefore, CCTV cameras can be hooked up directly with pre-made Siamese cable and then be connected to BNC-to-RCA adapter.
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Why doesn’t Reolink just develop apps for devices like Amazon Fire, Xbox One, Roku, etc.? That would make viewing on a TV very, very easy.
I will buy your argus products as soon as you have a app i can use to view my camera feeds on my amazon fire tv.
That’s awesome advice! That’s certainly what we will be working on in the future. Thank you so much for your feedback! If there is anything that might help us improve, feel free to share 🙂
Why on earth would Reolink show you how to set up a competitor’s equipment?