If you’re looking for new and better ways to be entertained, without completely overhauling your entire entertainment system, there are a host of upgrades available in 2021 to make life simpler, faster and more fun! From awesome tech gadgets to sleek devices, we’ve rounded up the must-have products to fire up during your free time.
And the fun doesn’t have to stop here… Replay Capture Suite has a brand new upgrade too – with everything you need to capture quality recordings. If you haven’t done so already, update to the newest, shiniest version and get even more from its wide range of features. Download now or read on to discover the coolest upgrades money can buy this month.
For the vast majority of users, online streaming is now the preferred method for viewing TV shows, movies, sports, and events, as well as listening to music. While the portion of music listeners turning to streaming to get their fix varies by country, global statistics point to one undeniable trend: the popularity of online music streaming is growing at an incredible rate.
Research shows that streaming increased from 7% of the U.S. music market’s revenues in 2010 to a whopping 80% in 2019. The numbers also point to jaw-dropping growth in revenues from music streaming services by nearly 20% in 2019 to $8.8 billion, accounting for the largest share of the music industry revenues at 79.5%. Here, “streaming” refers to a range of services, including ad-supported services like Vevo and YouTube, ad-supported tiers of services like Spotify, streaming radio services like Pandora and SiriusXM, and premium subscription services like Spotify Premium, Amazon Music, and Apple Music.
Currently, the top three players in music streaming include YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube Music saw a 980% growth in the number of active users between 2017 and 2019. The tech giant reports that more than one billion music fans use their services for streaming music, while their YouTube Music and YouTube Premium services currently boast a combined 20 million subscribers. At the end of March 2020, Spotify reported 286 million monthly active users (including paid and free), and current estimates suggest that Apple Music has around 80 million paying subscribers.
While we’ve drastically changed the way that we consume music thanks to music streaming, this global shift hasn’t been immune to controversy. We all remember Taylor Swift’s three-year boycott of Spotify and her feud with Apple Music over royalties. And more recently, there’s a growing camp in the music industry that cannot agree on a valid system of verifying streams to count them toward music ranking charts.
Music streaming services have vowed to work more closely with the music industry and artists. However, as the landscape inevitably continues to evolve, we can’t be certain that there won’t be more controversies in the future.
Regardless of which streaming service you go with, there are tens of millions of songs waiting for you to explore. Cruise on over to one of the top-three streaming services: YouTube, Spotify or Apple Music for an abundance of artists, albums and playlists that you simply won’t be able to get enough of. Record all your favorites with Replay Music so that you can enjoy them whenever and from wherever you are!
If you’re not sure how to get started, take a look at our how-to guide, and get started enjoying all your favorite tracks. Make sure to get the latest version and get listening!
Summer is in full swing, and with staycations all the more likely this year, it’s the perfect time to get our healthy dose of the best movies and TV shows on Netflix. This month, Netflix is rolling out its newest offerings for August, while also removing a number of fan favorites from its roster. They never disappoint us though, and this month we’ll be saying hello to the likes of Jurassic Park (the original, of course), Johnny English, Drunk Parents and many more!
There’s a long list of not-to-miss movies and TV shows to catch before they’re gone, but not to worry — with Replay Media Catcher, you can record and download your favorite shows and movies effortlessly before they make their departure from Netflix. But, don’t delay: these offerings will be gone from Netflix before you know it!
What’s On Its Way Out?
Leaving August 18
Leaving August 19
Some Kind of Beautiful
Leaving August 20
Leaving August 21
Just Go With It
Leaving August 23
Leaving August 25
Blue is the Warmest Color
Leaving August 28
Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown
The Wicker Man
Leaving August 31
Bad Boys II
Failure to Launch
Get Him to the Greek
He’s Just Not That Into You
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Part II
The Karate Kid Part III
The Lake House
Life As We Know It
Observe and Report
Rugrats Go Wild
V for Vendetta
Not ready to say goodbye yet? Don’t forget you can save those not-to-be-missed movies for later on with Replay Media Catcher! And, as we take a look at what to expect from Netflix’s August offerings, grab some movie snacks, throw up your feet and capture these highly anticipated offerings that are already or soon-to-be on Netflix.
If the Heath Ledger nostalgia has hit you, and you’re in the mood for a good chick flick, you’ll want to catch A Knight’s Tale. It’s the story of peasant-born William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) who wants to change his fate, believing that he is destined for greatness. He enlists in a jousting tournament, masquerading as a nobleman so that he can participate, and begins his quest to glory. In the process, he wins the heart of a fair maiden and challenges societal and class norms.
It’s a Spielberg science fiction classic that millions across the globe came to love. The first installment in the Jurassic Park franchise by Michael Crichton is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, near Costa Rica. The story follows businessman John Hammond and a team of genetic scientists who have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs. Industrial sabotage eventually leads to a catastrophic shutdown of the park’s power facilities and Hammond’s children struggle to survive on the island, now controlled by the very species meant to be controlled.
Immigration Nation is a highly-anticipated, six-part series that gives us a rare inside look at the machinery of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The series covers the spring of 2017 to the winter of 2019, following changes to immigration policies implemented by the Trump Administration. Directed by Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, the series explores both sides of the debate over immigration in the U.S.
There’s nothing like a good musical that pulls at the heartstrings. Based on Victor Hugo’s book, the Les Misérables story is set in the early 19th century and begins with Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who after 19 years as a prisoner, is freed by Javert (Russell Crowe), the officer in charge of the prison workforce. After breaking parole to start a new life for himself, Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean meets Cosette and becomes her guardian after the death of Cosette’s mother. However, with Javert’s relentless pursuit, peace and quiet is far from reach.
Featuring Paralympians from around the world, Rising Phoenix is a ground-breaking movie about the paralympic movement, and will premiere on Netflix all over the globe on August 26. The film release was planned to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but it will now form an important part of the celebrations leading up to the Games in 2021. The film tells the fascinating story of the Paralympic Games beginning after the devastation of World War II, to the modern day Games as we know them, the third largest sporting event in the world. The Paralympic Games sparked a global movement that challenges each one of us to change the way we think about disability, diversity and human potential.
Not sure how to get started with Replay Media Catcher? Not to worry, just take a look at our helpful how-to guide to learn how easy it is to catch all your favorite movies and series before they disappear. Be sure to download the latest version of Replay Media Catcher so you won’t miss out!
As we head into the warmer months, with summer just around the corner, Netflix is following suit and heating things up with its newest offerings for the month of May. This does mean that we’ll also need to bid adieu to some superb TV shows and movies at the same time, before welcoming highly anticipated offerings like Becoming, House at the End of the Street, Fun with Dick & Jane and many more!
Not ready to say goodbye yet? Don’t forget you can save those not-to-be-missed movies for later on with Replay Video Capture! And, as we direct our attention to Netflix’s May offerings, grab some movie snacks, throw up our feet and capture these highly anticipated offerings that are already or soon-to-be on Netflix.
In this cult-favorite 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is transported back into the ’50s when an experiment by his scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) doesn’t go exactly as planned. In his modified DeLorean car, Marty travels through time and encounters young versions of his parents. His mission becomes ensuring that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist in the future. At the same time, Marty must return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown. Catch this sure-fire family favorite that is loved by young and old alike!
The final season of the CBS political thriller, Madam Secretary, has arrived. Instead of the usual 23 episodes, the final series includes just 10 instalments and stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA and political science professor turned Secretary of State. Each episode provides a closer look at the life and role of the Secretary of State and how they balance their work and personal life schedule. Following McCord’s announcement at the end of season 5 that she will run for President of the United States, will she be victorious? Catch the 6th season to find out!
Set during the Great Depression, Public Enemies chronicles the final years of the career of notorious bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he is pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). Despite his charm and audacity making him a well-liked figure amongst much of America’s downtrodden public, he’s got dues to pay. And, Purvis has been tasked with catching him and bringing him to the FBI, dead or alive.
The much-anticipated film documents former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 34-city tour around the United States following the release of her bestselling memoir, which shares the same name as the documentary: Becoming. Based on what we can see from the trailer, the documentary will also delve into Obama’s past, including never-before-seen glimpses at her childhood and life before the White House. Obama lets us know that this documentary is “totally me, unplugged, for the first time”, and we can’t wait to dive in and watch it!
Sweet Magnolias is based on the Sweet Magnolias book series by Sherryl Woods. This tear-jerking family drama follows three South Carolina women who have been best friends since high school, as they juggle romantic relationships, career, and family. Be sure to bring your tissue-box for this one, as it’s sure to pull at the heartstrings. The show airs on May 19, and we’re counting down the days until we can catch a glimpse of this one.
Not sure how to get going with Replay Video Capture? Not to worry, just take a look at our handy how-to guide to learn how easy it is to catch all your favorite movies and series before they disappear. The only catch? You’ve got quite the selection of offerings to choose from, and our advice is to get started on sorting through it as soon as possible! Be sure to download the latest version of Replay Video Capture so you won’t miss out!
Oh wait, you haven’t heard? It is the season of new streaming releases, and we are here for it.
First, we’ve got the hotly anticipated Disney+ that is now streaming all your favorites and newly released, never before seen originals that are making waves with all your friends and family. Now, we’ve got Apple TV’s new streaming service: Apple TV+.
Okay, maybe Apple’s newest streaming service isn’t entirely brand new this week, but it is definitely here, having debuted officially earlier this month, and we need to talk about it.
It’s positioning itself as a competitor to Netflix, getting ready to stream your favorite shows and movies, as well as creating its own original content and poising itself as a fixture in your living room.
If you already own an Apple TV device, then the crossover is easy, and it’s simple to subscribe to the brand new service, and get streaming. Ringing in at about $5 a month, it’s a pretty affordable contender to replace or accompany all your classic streaming favorites.
The streaming service offers a free trial period of 7 days, as well as a free music streaming program for students. It’s a pretty great incentive to sign up, even if just to add to your growing army of streaming options. In our opinion, you can never have too many options to watch and capture the best shows streaming online.
An added bonus of Apple TV+? Shows and movies are available to watch online and offline, from any Apple device.
Luckily, Replay Video Capture is here to make sure that no matter where you are watching, you can capture your favorite movies and shows (and even a few new ones!)…
We’ve got great news for Disney fans, or just for all the movie-lovers out there…
All your favorite Disney movies can now be found in a brand new home, Disney+ (pronounced “Disney Plus”). It’s time to say a brief “goodbye” to old classics like “The Lion King”, and new crowd pleasers like “Coco”, who’ll be leaving the other popular streaming sites to live in one handy place… Disney+. Now you can enjoy a full roster of all your favorite high-quality family favorites from the convenience of one central location.
This brand-spanking-new streaming service has just debuted this week, launching officially in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on November 12th. (If you are in Australia or New Zealand, stay tuned for November 19th, as it’s set to release there on that date…)
And while this highly anticipated streaming service has been long-awaited, it definitely holds its fair share of mystery. Luckily, we are here to help you get the latest on your favorite family-friendly movies and shows, so you can browse and capture till your heart’s content.
Disney+ is a subscription streaming service, so it’s a paid service, but at $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) it’s priced competitively with the services you are already subscribing to. The caveat is that it is primed to be the exclusive source to find all of the titles that are proprietary, so you won’t be able to get them on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video anymore. To see them, you’ll need to get a subscription to Disney+.
However, just like all of the streaming services you know and love, Disney+ will be available to watch online, on RokuTV or streaming devices, or AppleTV and more.
Disney+ will act and function a lot like your favorite streaming services, but it will exclusively feature content from Disney and its partners. Expect to see titles from:
Star Wars & Lucasfilm
Twentieth Century Fox
Maybe one of the coolest features is that besides getting your favorite family-friendly titles, Disney+ will also begin production on original movies and series. The latest offerings? A live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp” and a Star Wars live-action drama series: “The Mandalorian”. The two brand new features will headline the new Disney+ lineup.
We’ve been hard at work, cooking up some fresh updates to make your favorite products even better! This time, we’ve included fixes, updates and more to make sure that the products you already love are working better than ever, giving you the ultimate capture experience that you can take with you to enjoy anywhere.
What have we been cooking?
Replay Video Capture
We are super excited about this one!
Now you can run Replay Video Capture from your thumb drive, so you can save space and still capture all of your favorites!
That’s not all… We’ve made tons of fixes and improvements on more of your favorite products as well:
Replay Media Catcher
DVR Support for latest Windows 10
Improvements to Live Stream Monitor features
Npcap replacement of winpcap
Improved HTTPS detection
Improved HLS protocol detection
Improvements to Wistia hosted video detection
Improved Shoutcast protocol detection
Extraction engine Support for CloudFlare protected sites
DVR Support for latest Windows 10
Improvements to Live Stream Monitor features
Npcap replacement of winpcap
Improved Shoutcast protocol detection
Replay Media Splitter
Debugs added to support loading and saving AVI & GIF files
Improvements to MP4 audio/video synchronization
DVR Support for latest Windows 10
Improvements to Live Stream Monitor features
Get the latest updates and more! And if you are feeling stuck, make sure to reach out to our incredible support team… Ready to get started?
Applian has always been a customer-oriented software company. With a number of products that help people record video and audio off of the Internet, we’ve learned a thing or two about customer service over the years. With this in mind, we thought we’d share how we roll. And, we care so much about it that this one is a double volume post (stay tuned for part 2!).
You can’t please everyone… but try really hard!
Customers write in with all sorts of questions. Everything from “What’s my Activation Code?” to “Why can’t I record this video while my computer is off?” Some questions have easy answers; others require a bit of investigation. So how do we keep the conversation positive and helpful all the time?
1. We actually READ what you write. It’s important that we resist the urge to skim communications and jump to the answer. Yeah, yeah, we know it happens. But if you treat emails like a grocery list, you’ll likely miss something and provide bad or incomplete information.
2. We recognize that your time is valuable. Just like you, we aren’t glued to our inboxes (actually, that’s not really true – we’re pretty glued). Regardless, we want you to get back to the important stuff, like using our products. So we always try to get all the information needed with the least amount of back-and-forth communication possible.
3. Don’t be a jerk! That goes for both the support team and the customer. The anonymity of the Internet can often lead people to type things that they would never say to your face. Thankfully 99.9% of our customers are perfectly charming. Like, people we’d actually hang out with. Every once in a while a bad apple will drop into our inbox and be downright horrid. Our plan? Send it to Tom, our Chief Operations Officer, who has the uncanny ability to turn every scary monster into a cuddly kitten.
4. We’re armed with a team of humans. Our (awesome) software products are downloaded thousands of times per day. So, of course we want to be ready to answer any and all questions. We couldn’t do it without a staff of smart people. Really smart people. Robots are cool and all, but not really our thing.
5. The Special Sauce is important. When customers write in for help, the ticket is answered by the member of our support team that’s most knowledgeable about that particular product. If you need help with Replay Media Catcher, Shellie will be the one to sort it out for you. Cheryl will take all your Replay Music questions. And, Chad & Sheryl will help out with sales and ordering.
As a customer, what are some of the ways that a company can show you that they value your business? We hope we’re on your list of favorite companies. If not, let us know how we can do better!
As a company with multiple products, and leadership located all across the US, we’re committed to being a business that is not only in touch with our customers but with each other. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work, right?
A successful software company doesn’t always need to operate out of an office, and for us to have the talent that makes Applian what it is today, we can’t possibly have everyone in the same place at the same time every day. That being said, there are some tricks we’ve learned to make sure that our team stays productive, no matter where they have a desk.
Email. Email. Email.
Obviously, this is the main form of communication in any office — remote or cubicle — everyone needs an effective email client. Aside from that, we also have developed some tricks to get the most out of constructing and composing our inbox.
Voice recognition is great for any (ahem) “slow-typers” or for those moments when you, say, slip off your bike and break a wrist? Yeah, ouch. We like Windows 7 Voice Recognition software on PC.
Don’t underestimate bolding, bullet-ing, and highlighting. When you are dealing with a large quantity of email every day, it is important to compose email structure with intention. If you can’t make it short, then space it all out. And don’t be afraid to highlight call-to-action for those who need to know the important stuff. Email-skimming is real, people.
Virtual filing cabinets and whiteboards.
Organizing tasks and records is just as important in a virtual office environment as it is for a physical one. Not only is it helpful to be able to reach back and find past work or finances, but it’s important that everyone else who needs to can. Thank the stars for the cloud!
Everyone needs a basic, overall file storing space, and as a company we like the Dropbox experience as it can sync to desktop.
Basecamp works great for tracking and squishing bugs, especially so the whole Customer Service Team is on the same page and our Leadership Team can follow along and get super-impressed with their awesomeness.
Talk through it.
We’re huge fans of chatting it up. Whether it’s business-related or not (okay, so usually it is). There’s a ton of tools out there to get your whole team in on the conversation, literally.
Skype. Of course. Most of our calls are Video. Mostly so that we can all make fun of whatever might be happening in the background. Typically, we like to record the super-important meetings with our very own Replay Telecorder or Replay Video Capture to get all the good stuff and have it on file if we need to go back to important deliverables.
On occasion GoToMeeting is helpful for client or business development calls. It’s just healthy to simply get up and give someone a call on the phone… talking in-person really does get things done faster and will always have a more personal touch.
Keep outlets open for old school! We use Onebox for those now-and-then customers who want to call in and leave a message, and (believe it or not) we even get faxes sometimes, so we take advantage of eFax for those rare cases.
Real face time.
One of the most important factors is blocking out time to have work retreats and connect with our team one-on-one. These excursions provide the necessary blend of relaxation and company-bonding to make sure everyone feels a part of Applian as a whole. Being behind a computer screen can make you forget the big picture.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
We try to recognize that everyone has their own schedule. Some of us stay up late and code, others need a more 9 to 5 routine, and sometimes, our meetings might interfere with the whole life-work balance. It’s not too unusual for us to have a long Skype session with people dropping in and out to make an errand, attend an appointment, and (most likely) enjoy a good glass of wine. In fact, the latter tends to help when everything gets stressful and miscommunication is likely. On that note, we recommend Black Box Wines / BevMo as an alternative productivity resource and attitude refinement tool.
Whether you work from home, out of a coffee shop, or have your own corporate environment to adapt to, we know it can get tough to stay connected, productive, and inspired. Hopefully, some of those resources can help.
Have some we should know about it? Let us know in the comments below — we’d love to find out!
The all new Replay Video Capture 8 has finally arrived! We’re excited to offer you the best of recording streaming software made even better. Beyond the amazing elements already in Replay Video Capture, this latest update boasts a slew of new features, including:
Game Recording – Thanks to cool new hotkeys, recording a game has never been easier.
Higher Frame Rates – Use frame rates as high as 100 fps (MPEG4, WMV) or 60 fps (MPEG2).
Background Mode – Completely free up your monitor while recording by using RVC in Background Mode.
Dual Audio – Use dual audio recording with any video codecs you choose.
Multiple Formats – Save to any format you want, including MPEG, WMV, AVI and DVD-ISO to name just a few.
Improved Webinar Audio: The new Dual Audio recording feature avoids disturbing echo feedback between speakers and the microphone. A mute/unmute hot key and button are included, as well.