Save Your Media: Why Netflix Will Never Be Perfect

We love Netflix, but it isn’t a perfect streaming service. The truth is, it can’t be. 

With growing competition, incomplete collections, and temporary trademarks on titles, Netflix’s shortcomings across a myriad of areas will likely hinder it from becoming the “all-powerful streaming service” we thought it might be just a few years ago. These limitations and imperfections are some of the many reasons why it’s important to record Netflix TV shows and movies with Replay Video Capture, and save them for offline viewing before they inevitably disappear.

Market Share

This chart below, created by Nielsen, shows the penetration of streaming services and subscription video on demand services. Netflix leads the pack of streaming online with over 61 million subscribers and 36% of the market, but Amazon and Hulu also take close to 20%.

And, research has shown that Amazon’s popularity and market share is only growing as the company gathers more customers through their Prime service,  gain more title contracts, and generate more original series.

Narrow Collection

At first glance, its impressive library of movies and shows, both original and licensed, seems never-ending. But, it does end. With only around 13,300 titles offered worldwide, Netflix’s collection is actually pretty limited in terms of selection. And, because of the ongoing rivalry between Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, it’s impossible to provide a truly complete catalog at all times and win over the entirety of the market.

Temporary Licensing

Part of this narrow collection is due to the structure and process of licensing content. Netflix is frequently changing up their online offerings; the reliability of their shows and movies are completely dependent on licensing agreements made with networks and filmmakers.

According to Investopedia, these agreements could “allow Netflix to stream all seasons of [a] show in full through its online platform for one, three or five years. The licensing agreement can be renegotiated after the set time period ends, or Netflix could drop the show from its library if viewer interest is not high enough to warrant the cost.”

Essentially, Netflix can drop content on a whim. And what if that show or movie they deemed ‘not popular enough’ was your all-time favorite? Download Replay Video Capture to record and save all of your favorite Netflix content, before time is up!

How to Record & Save Music from Spotify

Want to record music from Spotify to add to your own personal collection? Listening offline is one thing, but having access to all of your favorite music on any device that you want is sure to take you to a whole new level of music appreciation.

Replay Music for PC lets you easily record any music from Spotify – if you can stream it online, you can capture it forever! With advanced audio recording technology that eliminates system sounds and background noises, you get the cleanest audio recording possible. Replay music also lets you:

  • Record high quality tracks from streaming audio.
  • Get automatically tagged and titled song files.
  • Download songs as MP3, and other popular formats.
  • Import files easily into iTunes and more.
  • Split songs from playlists into individual tracks.

How to Record From Spotify

1. Open Replay Music on your computer and select “Record.”

2. Launch Spotify and go to the album or playlist you want to record.

3. Replay Music starts recording automatically when your Spotify music starts playing.

Just three simple steps and you’ll be on your way to recording and saving all of your favorite tracks, albums and playlists from Spotify. Build the ultimate music collection and create the perfect playlist with the power of Replay Music!

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9 Powerful Hacks for the Ultimate Netflix Experience

Love kicking back for a relaxing night with Netflix? Us too. No matter how much time you spend watching, though, you’ll never be a real power user if you don’t poke around under the entertainment hood. We took the time to really dive in (so you don’t have to), and rounded up a collection of tricks will greatly improve your Netflix experience.

Here are our top tips to take your Netflix binges to the next level:

1. Switch to high quality

High quality is the best quality when you’re enjoying movies online. You can manually force HD playback on Netflix on your TV to ensure your media is always shown in the highest-quality possible. First, make sure that your internet connection supports streaming 5 megabits/second or more, then log in and go to Account Settings > Playback Settings to select high quality.

(Note: Chrome users won’t be able to use this trick – sorry!)

2. Stream off peak hours

This may seem a little more on the obvious side, but choosing to stream Netflix shows NOT during peak hours will always award you with better quality. When less people are using Netflix overall, it improves downstream data traffic and thus, your viewing experience.

3. Use your phone as a remote

Lost the remote in your couch cushions again? You can turn any smartphone into a remote control just by downloading the Netflix app for iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. Once installed and synced properly, you’ll be able to play, pause, stop and browse all from your connected device. Technology rules.

4. Create multiple profiles

We all have those guilty, yet amazing, pleasures we jump to when no one else is around to judge our viewing habits. Now you don’t have to hide when you create multiple profiles on Netflix! It’s free, easy to set up, and you’ll be able to generate a different profile for your chick flicks, horror movies, or anything else you may want to keep separate from your main account.

5. Say goodbye to buffering

Buffering movies and shows on your laptop can be a serious time-waster. To get rid of buffering in Netflix while playing a title, select Shift+Opt (Shift+Alt for Windows) and left click to open up a “hidden” menu called the Stream Manage. You’ll find buffering fixes, along with some other helpful tips!

(Note: For Chrome users, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt/Opt+S to access this menu.)

6. Find the best flicks

Reddit brings out the best (and sometimes worst) parts of the Internet. Use it to your advantage and head to r/netflixbestof to check out all of the best, most painstakingly-selected shows and movies to see so you never have to browse aimlessly again.

7. Record anything for later

Technology now allows us to record streaming movies and television shows from Netflix to watch forever, even after the site has taken them down. Using Replay Video Capture, you can screen record ANYTHING on Netflix in amazingly high-quality formats.

8. Enhance your viewing

Browser extensions are better than they’ve ever been. With one add-on in Chrome called Netflix Enhancements, you can instantly access IMDB profiles, movie trailers, pop-up ratings from sources like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, and more. You can even customize what you see once it’s installed.

9. Utilize keyboard shortcuts

Because streaming TV shows and movies should be as efficient as any other kind of digital hacking, Netflix keyboard shortcuts exist to streamline your viewing:

  • Play/Pause – Space bar OR Enter key
  • Play – Page Up key
  • Pause – Page Down key
  • Enable Full screen – F key
  • Disable Full screen – Esc key
  • Rewind 10 seconds – Shift + Left Arrow
  • Fast Forward 10 seconds – Shift + Right Arrow
  • Volume Up/Down – Up Arrow/Down Arrow
  • Mute On/Off – M key
  • Toggle by frame – CTRL + Space bar

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How to Stream & Record MLB Playoffs Online

Want to watch the MLB Playoffs without cable? For cord-cutting sports fans, finding and accessing live streaming baseball games online can be a struggle.

This year’s postseason games are no different, airing on the tried-and-true cable networks like Fox, ESPN, TBS, and Major League Baseball Network (MLBN) — all of which unfortunately won’t let you tune in without an antenna. Luckily, we were able to scrounge up some online options for you to live stream and record with Replay Video Capture!


MLB.TV subscribers already have streaming rights to postseason games – many of which are live. While the MLB’s blackout policies prevent it from actually live streaming the playoffs in some areas, archived streams are available to everyone in blacked-out areas as soon as 90 minutes after each game ends. Not currently a member? This may be one of your least expensive options for watching and recording the games with Replay Video Capture. The MLB is offering subscriptions for just $3.99.

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Another good option for cable-cutters to watch the MLB Playoffs online is through Postseason.TV. While this site won’t offer the standard angles you may be used to, it does offer coverage for a few alternate viewing angles. The service provides online viewers with up to 10 different angles, while removing broadcaster commentary, in-game interviews, and other enhancements from the mix. Subscribers can even pick up to 4 games to watch at one once!

Never miss a pitch, slide or home run again – MLB fans can use Replay Video Capture to easily record the Playoffs online from any of the above sources! 

Replay Video Capture is the easiest way to capture any baseball game on your screen and turn it into a high quality, video movie file. Make personal copies of your favorite MLB Playoffs games and keep them forever, in whatever format you want.

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How to Download & Archive Your Favorite Podcasts


Podcasts have become a fundamental part of media entertainment over the last few decades — slowly picking up popularity since “audio-blogging” was introduced in the 1980’s. Flash forward to today where practically everyone has listened to a podcast, and monthly podcast listenership has increased 75% since 2013, where hundreds of thousands of podcasts exist around the digital world that cover every topic and idea you could possibly think of.

For those new to the scene, or those who are seasoned listeners, it’s (luckily) simple enough to download and archive podcasts to listen to anywhere, on any device.

Downloading Podcasts Online

There are any number of sites and services available online that host podcasts. Here’s how to download podcasts from every one of them…

Online Radio

Whether you like iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Stitcher, Podomatic, or any other online audio-hosting site, Replay Radio can download podcasts from them all. Record a bunch of podcasts simultaneously, convert to MP3 files, transfer them to your mobile devices, and automatically schedule audio recordings to never miss a thing. With a powerful built-in media guide, you can even search for and download great podcasts without leaving the software!

iTunes & SoundCloud

Two popular music hosting platforms today, iTunes and Soundcloud, are also good resources for finding awesome podcasts (and, of course, a lot of other great media). Using Replay Music, it’s easy to capture full podcasts and other audio from iTunes and Soundcloud, and turn every recording into an easy-to-digest MP3 file. Plus, Replay Music also identifies and tags recorded audio with the correct metadata, so everything is added to your collection seamlessly. is a surprisingly popular platform for great podcasts, and is free to use for publishers. While it’s well-known for its video-recording capabilities, listeners can also use Replay Media Catcher to download any available podcast from — the software even has a tool to automatically schedule podcasts to be downloaded! Just launch it, visit the page on with the podcast you want, and any audio playing on your computer will be captured perfectly.

Archiving Your Podcasts

During the download process, Replay Radio, Replay Music and Replay Media Catcher are all set to automatically locate and modify the correct set of information for your podcasts. What this means is that every piece of metadata is added to your MP3 files for you, so that everything can be easily organized exactly the way you want it.

With podcast show titles, speakers, series descriptions and other key details at-the-ready, your downloaded podcasts are already prepared to be imported into iTunes, Google Play, or any other system you choose to use.

What are some of your favorite podcasts and podcast platforms? Be sure to let us know!

New to Netflix This Month: Top Titles for October 2016


Bring on the new movies and series seasons! Every month Netflix shuffles in new content as they clean out the cobwebs; all part of their constantly changing collection of media online.

Lucky for entertainment streamers everywhere, Replay Media Catcher for PC exists so you can watch and download from Netflix before they disappear! In the meantime, here are some of the top titles coming to Netflix this October 2016. Be sure to watch all your favorites and record from Netflix while you still can..

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)


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The classic, romantic drama/comedy is hitting Netflix this Fall. Starring none other than Audrey Hepburn in her most famous role as Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s follows the story of a young New York socialite in the early 1960’s as she navigates her tumultuous life and develops feelings for a handsome new tenant. You can capture Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Netflix, available October 1.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the most critically-acclaimed, highly-quoted coming-of-age films of the mid 1980’s. High school popular kid (and complete wise guy) Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, is determined to have one last ditch day before graduation, and gets himself (and his friends) into some absolutely ridiculous situations. You can capture Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Netflix, available October 1.

Titanic (1997)


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Gather up your tissues and a loved one — falling in love on a doomed ship isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Titanic tells the story of a young aristocrat (played by Kate Winslet) and a sweet, but poor, artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) aboard the historically ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. It’s beautiful, heartbreakingly brilliant, and one of the most famous films ever released. You can capture Titanic on Netflix, available October 1.

Dazed and Confused (1993)


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Jock, stoners and nerds all rise up and come together when the last day of school has finally arrived. Dazed and Confused is a hilarious, pop culture phenomenon of a film following a group of high school and junior high school kids as they prepare for summer vacation. Chock full of hazing, hijinks and partying, it’s a classic comedy you need in your collection. You can capture Dazed and Confused on Netflix, available October 1.

American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5)


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Widely popular across the US, the American Horror Story anthology is as creepy as it is compelling. With every new season carrying a new theme and over-arching plot line, while utilizing many of the same brilliant actors from story to story, Season 5 follows the inner workings and mysteries of the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, California. You can capture American Horror Story: Hotel on Netflix, available October 4.

Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016)


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You have the chance to get up close and personal with Justin Timberlake, right from your couch — killer dance moves, amazing vocals and all. The last incredible performance of Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids 20/20 Experience World Tour, filmed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will be available to stream and record this month. You can capture Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids on Netflix, available October 12.

Big Eyes (2014)


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The story of the Keanes is one of self-reflection for many artists, including director Tim Burton. Big Eyes is the story of artist Walter Keane as he passes his wife’s art off as his own, growing into unbelievable fame and fortune because of her shyness to express herself, and introduce herself, to the public. With divorce on the horizon, Margaret Keane finally reveals the truth. You can capture Big Eyes on Netflix, available October 25.

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)


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With all 3 films becoming smash hits practically overnight, kids and adults alike go nuts for Kung Fu Panda, the lovable animated character voiced by Jack Black. In its third installment, Po reunites with his long-lost dad (Bryan Cranston) and deals with the transition into teaching and training martial arts to his own group of silly pandas. Together, they’ll fight evil and look adorable doing it. You can capture Kung Fu Panda 3 on Netflix, available October 26.

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Good for a Laugh: Best Comedy YouTube Channels


YouTube has built the opportunity for comedians to reach people anywhere. Without the use of this popular platform, many folks would find it impossible to get a show or skit into production – YouTube lets anyone with basic filming capabilities and a jolt of creativity generate and distribute video content.

Born and bred in the age of the Internet, online entertainers today are making skits, jokes and stories more immersive and unique than ever. We rounded up some of our favorite comedy channels on YouTube, so you can capture all of the funny with Replay Media Catcher.

5 Second Films

With a content base that’s described exactly by its name, 5 Second Films is a YouTube channel with storytelling, mystery and of course, a lot of laughs. While most of the funny short films are admittedly closer to 10 seconds than 5 (to include open and closing credits), they certainly pack a punch and cover silly, off-the-cuff topics like you wouldn’t even imagine. Watch + record 5 Second Films from YouTube.

Miranda Sings

Miranda Sings is a character created by actress Colleen Ballinger – and boy, do we mean character. With a sassy personality, unreal (and not in the good way) singing capability, and less-than-bloggable makeup, this awesome YouTuber has a growing viewership of all kinds. Is she crazy or just super talented? Even her fans are still trying to figure that one out. Watch + record Miranda Sings from YouTube.

7 Minutes in Heaven

We were all teenagers once, but SNL sketch writer Mike O’Brien never quite got past it. 7 Minutes in Heaven is an awkward, hilarious, and yet somehow endearing, comedy channel on YouTube that hosts celebrities for super up-close-and-personal interviews. As you can probably guess, it’s just about as funny as it is cringeworthy. Watch + record 7 Minutes in Heaven from YouTube.

GloZell Green

GloZell has been around for what seems like forever; she’s a classically trained performer and Internet personality, and she’s built an empire around her comedic personality on YouTube. From tackling the latest challenges to sharing truly awful beauty tips to making up new characters, this is one seriously funny woman to keep an eye on. Watch + record GloZell from YouTube.

Use Replay Media Catcher to record each and every episode from these YouTube comedy channels.

Have a favorite funny-man or funny-woman on YouTube that we missed? Be sure to let us know!

We Hear You! We’re Hard at Work on Updates for MacOS Sierra…

We work hard to keep all Applian applications up to date and running great. This is especially important for streaming media downloaders because the millions of web sites and their streaming protocols often change.

We know that some customers are waiting for MacOS Sierra compatibility in our Mac apps. Sierra has presented us with a few unexpected challenges. But, rest assured, we’re banging away at the keys, drinking all the Mountain Dew, and spoon-feeding our developers as much sugared candy as we can.

We hope to have an update for Replay Media Catcher for Mac in the next week or so, and Replay Music and Replay Converter after that.


Thanks for your patience!

-Team Applian

5 Can’t-Miss New Fall Shows You Need to Stream & Record

Stock up on snacks and popcorn early, and don’t forget to stretch — this Fall is packed full of must-see TV premieres that’ll have you counting the days from one season start to another.

Be sure to get caught up online before your favorite show starts back up! You can find episodes to stream and record online using Replay Video Capture for PC, so you can easily rediscover every detail. Check out some of our most anticipated series premieres starting up this season:

1. Black-ish

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One of our favorite new family-comedy sitcoms is Black-ish, starring actors Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis-Ross and Laurence Fishburne, just to name a few. With a dynamic that’s charming and infectious, the show has gained a lot of popularity over the first 2 seasons. Catch Black-ish Season 3, starting September 21st on ABC – you can watch previous episodes on Hulu, and record them all with Replay Video Capture.

2. Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live is just one of those series that will always be around. Everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show is back for another season, and introducing some fresh new, absurdly-amusing comedians and celeb guest stars to the stage. Catch Saturday Night Live Season 42, starting October 1st on NBC – you can watch previous episodes and clips on Hulu, and record them all with Replay Video Capture.

3. The Mindy Project

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Mindy Kaling stars in the delightfully charismatic, super-popular-with-just-about-everyone series, The Mindy Project. As a strong, successful and determined woman with a lucrative career and everyday struggles, she’s the kind of character we love having on TV. Catch The Mindy Project Season 5, starting October 4th on Hulu, and record every last episode using Replay Video Capture.

4. Insecure

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Insecure is new comedy mini-series coming to a laptop screen near you that we can’t wait to watch. The show examines the close friendship of two black women (Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji) and the ever-uncomfortable situations they find themselves in, as well as more than a few heartfelt moments looking at real-life issues. Catch Insecure Season 1, starting October 9 on HBO, and record every episode in a high quality format using Replay Video Capture.

5. Divorce

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Sarah Jessica Parker makes her triumphant return to HBO in another new comedy series, Divorce. Far from her days in Sex and the City, the new show follows a woman (Parker) who finds herself needing to take a close look at her marriage — and her life as a whole — and make a few adjustments. Catch Divorce Season 1, also starting October 9 on HBO, and record every episode in a high quality format using Replay Video Capture.


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How to Record the Clinton vs. Trump Presidential Debates

The upcoming series of debates are anticipated to be the most heated, most intense, and most highly-watched of all time. With a lot of voters tuned in, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will finally go head-to-head with the first of three debates before election day on November 8.

The first debate will be held this Monday, September 26 at Hofstra University in New York. Consisting of six 15-minute discussions on major topics chosen by the moderator, NBC’s Lester Holt, Facebook and Google are even participating this year to provide data on the topics and issues, what people are saying about the election as a whole, and much more.

Where to Live Stream the Debates

Major news networks and cable news channels are set to broadcast the debate, but for all those cable cutters and online streamers out there, there are several great sources for live streaming the debates. You can use Replay Video Capture to record the debates from any one of them!

YouTubeCatch the live streams directly from YouTube*, where many networks and channels are planning to capture every debate.

NBCWhile NBC requires a cable provider login to stream live, NBC News is expected to offer free live streams of the debates online.

CNNCNN Live will have every debate streaming on their website online and on YouTube, available completely free for total access.

MSNBC LiveIf you’re already an MSNBC subscriber, you’ll have full access to every live streaming debate this election year right from the website.

FacebookThe social platform’s new Live platform is likely to be one of the more popular sites for streaming online, due to access and ease of use.

You can also find live streams on the debates on: 

ABC News, Buzzfeed News, CBS News, C-SPAN, The Daily Caller, Fox News, Hulu, Huffington Post, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Twitter and others.

Full Presidential Debate Schedule

First Presidential Debate: September 26, Hofstra University

Vice Presidential Debate: October 4, Longwood University

Second Presidential Debate: October 9, Washington University in St. Louis

Third Presidential Debate: October 19, University of Nevada

Our best-selling media recording software makes it simple to create incredible quality videos of every 2016 Presidential debate, so you can watch on your own schedule. Plus, it’s the only program of its kind that records online video 100% legally.

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