Posts Tagged: streaming

How to Stream Media Anywhere with a Secure VPN

Fans around the world rejoiced when Netflix announced it would expand service to 130 additional countries, making the streaming video giant available in almost every country (except for China).

Their bubble was soon after burst, however, when they discovered Netflix wouldn’t be including the full catalog in those countries. Content licenses are mainly to blame for the gap between countries’ catalogs, as studios and production companies stipulate where their content can be streamed. However, customers can take matters into their own hand — even before the global rollout, Netflix subscribers living abroad used VPNs (virtual private networks) to evade the geographic restrictions on streaming services like Netflix.

Why Virtual Private Networks?

VPN providers supply the software and servers needed to route an Internet connection through a proxy location, making it appear to Netflix as though the user is somewhere else. ExpressVPN is one such provider with hundreds of servers scattered across 78 countries. It offers apps, media consoles and routers with every subscription, and each server is optimized for web streaming for unlimited bandwidth.

An Imminent Ban on VPNs?

Shortly after its global roll-out, the company announced it would take steps to stop VPN users. While we’ve yet to see exactly what Netflix will do, it’s certain to be an uphill battle; the company can’t tell the difference between someone connecting from a VPN and someone connecting directly without knowing each specific VPN server’s IP address.

For Netflix, blocking VPNs will be a reluctant necessity to appease content publishers. Blocking VPN servers one by one is likely to result in a costly game of cat and mouse – Hulu attempted a similar ban in 2014 and gave up in defeat after less than a year.

Because Netflix actually gains from letting VPNs slip through the cracks, critics speculate if and when it will throw in the towel on such a profitless endeavor.

More Benefits than Just Netflix

Aside from unblocking Netflix, VPNs give users a slew of added security and other features. All traffic is encrypted and anonymous, so ISPs and hackers can’t monitor user activity. VPNs can also speed up streaming services in places that throttle bandwidth, because censors can’t identify the traffic; location restrictions on Spotify, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and more can all be easily accessed with a VPN.

ExpressVPN goes the extra mile when it comes to user privacy by never logging or monitoring user activity. On top of that, the company is based in the British Virgin Islands, beyond the legal jurisdiction of the US, UK, and EU. The right VPN provider can significantly boost a user’s privacy protection. If you value your privacy, or even if you just want to unblock geo-restricted content, you need a VPN.

Download ExpressVPN today and protect your privacy!

The Best Science & Technology Channels on YouTube Today

We’re all nerds here – there’s no shame in that. As fans of all nerd-ery (and videos!), we naturally have subscriptions to a few of the best science and technology channels YouTube has to offer.

With Replay Media Catcher, you can capture and record every one of these amazing videos from YouTube. Whether you’re all about the learning process, or just enjoy a good experiment, these channels are sure to satiate your nerdy needs!

1. Minute Physics

Visual learners and cartoon enthusiasts alike will love Minute Physics. This YouTube series utilizes a simple whiteboard, stick figures and a variety of colored pens to explain physics in an illustrated way. Previous guest stars include Neil deGrasse Tyson, Neil Turok and Max Tegmark. Watch + record Minute Physics on YouTube.

Creepy crawlers and yucky things inhabit the Earth anywhere you are. NOVA producer Anna Rothchild hosts YouTube series Gross Science, that dives into the deep, dark depths of nature to explain some of the wildest, grossest and impressive creatures found on our beautiful planet. Watch + record Gross Science on YouTube.

3. Talk Nerdy to Me

Brought to you by the geniuses at Huffington Post, Talk Nerdy to Me is a video series that explores the science behind “the mundane and the magnificent.” From how dogs became man’s best friend to autism to black holes, host Jacqueline Howard tackles each topic with an infectious enthusiasm. Watch + record Talk Nerdy to Me on YouTube.

4. Veritasium

Veritasium, hosted by Derek Muller, examines the engineering of our incredibly advanced world with both knowledge and pure silliness. Learn about the physics behind the ever-popular slinky, the science of the 6 degrees of separation theory and more. Watch + record Veritasium on YouTube.

5. The Backyard Scientist

We’ve all come across some zany experiments that have made us think “Wow, I should try that!” Well, normally you shouldn’t — luckily for you, The Backyard Scientist demonstrates these kinds of action-packed experiments so you don’t have to! Have you ever seen liquid nitrogen being tossed into a swimming pool? Watch + record The Backyard Scientist on YouTube.


Have a favorite science or technology related show we missed? Be sure to let us know!

The State of Music Streaming in 2016: Today’s Top Players

The way that we discover, listen to and absorb music has drastically changed in the past decade. With seemingly never-ending supplies of artists and albums, and powerful recording software to save every song, the possibilities for absorbing music are simply too tempting to pass up. While this consumption has evolved with new technology and services, music consumers’ hunger for music is as strong as it ever has been.

In 2015, Nielsen found that 317 billion streams occurred – an increase of close to 93% from the 2014. The power of streaming services, as well as their consistent growth, has progressed as more music listeners adopt the notion of streaming artists digitally, rather than owning music in other physical forms.

(Chart via Statista)

As music streaming grows steadily in popularity, it naturally takes a cut out of other market segements like CD’s and digital downloads – down 11% and 3%, respectively. Surprising to some, vinyl records are the only physical form growing in popularity (a 29% increase from 2014), as listeners have begun to seek more nostalgic ways of consuming music. Nevertheless, streaming services are dominating the industry.

Top Players

Today’s biggest services in music streaming are now household names – Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, and most recently introduced, Apple Music.

(Chart via Statista)

Spotify

By far the leader in the music streaming market, Spotify experienced the fastest subscriber growth in the entirety of its 7 years in business in the last half of 2015 alone. Recent estimates put the company’s paying subscriber base between 25 and 30 million people, with their free plan reigning in 75-100 million.

Music Business Worldwide reported in June of last year that “Spotify was already the most heavily financed music service in history and it has nearly doubled its total investment in one single round, taking the total to more than $1.1 billion with a valuation of $8.5 billion. That translates to $55 of investment per subscriber.” This definitively makes them worth more than half of the global recorded music industry.

Learn how to record music from Spotify.

Apple Music

The Financial Times reported in January of this year that Apple Music has already surpassed 10 million subscribers. Why is this intimidating? The company only launched their music streaming service at the end of June 2015 – a mere 6 months ago – while services like Spotify have had their hat in the ring for several years.

With the added advantage of many peoples’ familiarity with Apple products and downloading music through iTunes, Apple is set up to scale their growth even bigger. If Apple keeps up this rate of paid subscriber growth, they are sure to reach 100 million in 6 years, compared to the 10 million that Spotify earned within same time frame.

Learn how to record music from Apple Music.

Pandora

Still going (somewhat) strong in the market is Pandora, arguably the first and one of the best, streaming services out there. However, with the increase in rivalry among these music services, Pandora is falling out of the spotlight. After Apple announced the launch of Apple Music last summer, shares in Pandora fell by 35 percent in one day, wiping away $1.4 billion in the company’s market value.

In response largely to this threat, Pandora snagged streaming up-and-comer Rdio, aiming to grow more into Spotify’s market territory. Competitive threats aside, the company reported that sales in the third quarter jumped 30% to $311.6 million, compared to the same period a year earlier.

Learn how to record music from Pandora.

With the ever-changing landscape of the music streaming industry, who do you think will be dominating the market this year? Let us know your theories in the comments below!

How to Capture the New Years’ Times Square Ball Drop in NYC

Every December 31st the world tunes in to watch the iconic symbol of the start to a new year. The ball drop at Times Square in New York City has been one of the most historical live moments across the United States for over 100 years.

Start a new tradition this New Years’ Eve – use Replay Media Catcher to save this year’s ball drop! You can make a cool New Years mashup video, share with those who couldn’t watch it, and more.

Catch the NYE 2016 ball drop live stream here:

Get Replay Media Catcher today to download and save the NYE 2016 ball drop at Times’ Square!

Dr. Wilson’s Possibly humorous Distraction – Vol. 15

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I had my laser pointer out earlier today and used it to confuse my son for a little while. When that got boring, I fired up the ‘ol YouTube and had a look at other vulnerable young animals experiencing new things in this harsh world.

I’m confident you’ll enjoy this distraction as much as I did.

6 Spooky Halloween Movies to Stream & Save

Halloween is the best time of year to get your fix of scary films, and this year the top streaming sites are offering up the best in horror and fright.

Stream spooky movies from your browser and use Replay Video Capture to keep all the content in whatever format you want! Just fire up the software, start playing your top picks on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, and start recording!

Here are some of our favorite Halloween movies available online now:

1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

The eerily exhilarating story of an Iranian-girl-turned-vampire in the fictional ghost town, Bad City. Captured in black-and-white, this ghostly flick will give you goosebumps. Now streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Visiting a cemetery is never as simple as it sounds. The original, classic zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead is the story of a group of frantic people hiding from the bloodthirsty undead in a rickety farmhouse. Now streaming on Hulu.

3. The Babadook (2014)

When a strange book becomes reality for a single mother and her son, nightmarish things happen. This modern-day boogeyman flick will make you want to hide under the bed until morning. Now streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

4. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Based on the true story of the life of Henry Lee Lucas and the early beginnings of his ruthless killing spree. You won’t find any compassion in this gruesome tale. Now streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

5. Under the Skin (2013)

A seductress drives a van around the roads of Scotland in search for lonely men to prey on. Unsettling and captivating at the same time, you won’t be able to peel your eyes away. Now streaming on Amazon Prime.

6. The Lazarus Effect (2015)

 

Bringing the dead back to life will never not be terrifying. In this modern-day horror film, medical students discover a way to bring the dead back to life. Nothing could go wrong…right? Now streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

What are your favorite Halloween flicks? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

World Series 2015: See The Full Schedule

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We all experience the slight empty feeling when the MLB Season wraps up for the year. But, with every end comes a new beginning, and the 2015 World Series is gearing up for an intense championship. With two exciting Game 5s, the American League is down to just two teams (Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals) while the National League awaits the winner of the Mets-Dodgers series to see who will take on the Chicago Cubs.

Keep track of every game with the full schedule below, and use Replay Video Capture to record it all for later, no matter who you’re rooting for!

League Championship Series

DateSeriesTV
FRI., OCT. 16ALCS Game 1FOX or FS1
SAT., OCT 17ALCS Game 2 NLCS Game 1FOX or FS1 TBS
SUN., OCT 18NLCS Game 2TBS
MON., OCT. 19ALCS Game 3FOX or FS1
TUES., OCT 20ALCS Game 4 NLCS Game 3FOX or FS1 TBS
WED., OCT. 21*ALCS Game 5 NLCS Game 4FOX or FS1 TBS
THURS., OCT. 22 *NLCS Game 5TBS
FRI., OCT. 23 *ALCS Game 6FOX or FS1
SAT., OCT. 24 *ALCS Game 7 *NLCS Game 6FOX or FS1 TBS
SUN., OCT. 25*NLCS Game 7TBS

World Series

DateGame (Site)TV
TUE., OCT. 27Game 1 (AL ballpark)FOX
WED., OCT. 28Game 2 (AL ballpark) FOX
FRI., OCT. 30Game 3 (NL ballpark) FOX
SAT., OCT. 31Game 4 (NL ballpark) FOX
SUN., NOV. 1*Game 5 (NL ballpark)FOX
TUE., NOV. 3*Game 6 (AL ballpark)FOX
WED., NOV. 4*Game 7 (AL ballpark) FOX

*if necessary.

Use Replay Music to Record & Save These Fall Playlists

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It’s easy to expand your music collection one track at a time with Replay Music and all of the great music streaming services that exist today! As Autumn has finally arrived here in the United States, we wanted to share a few of the best Fall-inspired playlists available on Spotify today.

Just launch our Replay Music software on your Mac or PC, hit play on the music, and start recording instantly. Replay Music will save your new music into high-quality MP3’s, complete with accurate tags, track names and album artwork – it will even split these playlist songs into individual tracks, effortlessly.

Discover some great new music below, and keep it forever with the ultimate internet music recorder, Replay Music!

Warm Autumn Playlist

Enjoy 47 calming minutes of Andrew Bird, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke and more.

Jazz for Autumn

Sweet, soulful sounds that capture the essence of the season.

Autumn Acoustics

This 83-track playlist is perfect for curling up with a warm cup of coffee on a fall afternoon.

What are your go-to Fall tunes? Do you like to keep it jazzy and cool or are you more into an upbeat tempo for the season? Let us know if we missed any awesome Spotify playlists that we should listen to. Sound off over on our Facebook page or tweet us.

Where to watch the NFL & College Football online

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Football is back. We know you know, but with more people cutting cable, and more ways to watch NCAA D1 football and the NFL than ever before, it can be a chore figuring out just how you’ll get your gridiron fix.

Fear not! We’ve collected the main sources for watching professional and college football online. You can record each and every snap, sack and tackle with Applian recording products from these streaming services, and store them in whatever format suits your needs.

NFL GamePass

The NFL is in some ways the most liberal of all pro sports – constantly adopting new rules, technologies and ideas. So it’s no surprise the NFL has started offering replays of each and every regular season game via its GamePass subscription service.

While you can’t get live games via GamePass, you can get on-demand HD replays of all 256 regular season games which you can record with Replay Video Capture. If you’re less visual and need your live fix, GamePass offers every NFL game live via audio stream, which you can easily capture and keep with Replay Radio. All you have to do is hit the “Quick Record” button at the bottom of the screen to start capturing the audio you’re playing – when finished, just tap the button again to stop recording.

WatchESPN

ESPN covers Football, both college and pro, as vigorously as anyone. They offer football live streaming online. Check out ESPN’s filterable pro and college broadcast schedule here and use Replay Video Capture to keep the games for your own personal viewing pleasure.

To learn how to use Replay Video Capture to record and store all of your most important games this season, check out this handy video to walk you through, step-by-step:

YouTube

Complete, non-live college football games are available on YouTube on the Watch College Football channel. The selection is spotty, but boy are there some gems. Use Replay Media Catcher to download classic college football from YouTube to up your fansmanship!

With a simple copy/paste action of the YouTube video’s URL into Replay Media Catcher, you can quickly and easily download the action, or turn on Auto-Mode to instantly record what’s streaming on your screen. To learn more about how to use Replay Media, watch this video:

Have a great football season, and happy capturing!

Streaming Content – July 2015

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And so it continues: the give and take of movie and tv titles to and from your favorite online streaming video platform. Be it Netflix or Amazon Prime, there’s plenty of new content to save for yourself with Replay Video Capture (and a few titles to grab before they leave).

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July Netflix Departures:


Dragnet: Seasons One-Four

Shipping Wars: Seasons One-Three

Miami Vice: Seasons One-Five

Leave It to Beaver: Seasons One-Six

Magnum P.I.: Seasons One-Eight

The Inbetweeners: Season Three

 

July Netflix Arrivals:


Hell on Wheels (Season 4)

Glee (Season 6)

Changeling (2008)

Storage Wars: Texas (Season 1)

White Collar (Season 6)

Wet Hot American Summer:
First Day of Camp (2015)

July Amazon Streaming Arrivals:


Boardwalk Empire (season 3)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Under the Dome (season 3)

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

Flashdance (1983)
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