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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!

Fresh Updates! New Fixes to Replay Media Catcher & More

Today is a good day. We’ve recently launched some great new updates and enhancements to a ton of our Applian products; Replay Media Catcher, Replay Video Capture, Replay Music and Replay Converter!

You can update your software at any time to take advantage of these additions and improvements.

Replay Media Catcher 6.0.1.8:

  • Support for “Run as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed” in scheduler.
  • Improved Radio Station Guide, with search that now looks up Applian Radio guides as well as TuneIn.
  • Improved art image lookup, and lookup for default media player.
  • Improve startup time.
  • Fixed YouTube channel downloads by scheduler.
  • Fixed video guide to support recent Google Search changes.
  • Support for corrupt ABC radio playlists.
  • Support for new Ustream.tv protocols and recent YouTube changes.

Replay Video Capture 8.4.2:

  • Fixed scheduler – open at start and schedule multiple recordings.
  • Improved MP4 recording modes and bitrates.
  • New automatic scaling for secondary monitors (Windows 10 and 8.1).

Replay Music 7.0.1.7:

  • Improved art image lookup and lookup of default player for media.
  • Improved startup time.

Replay Converter 5.0.1.7:

  • Improved art image lookup and lookup of default player.
  • Improved startup time.

Any questions on these recent updates? You can reach out to our Support Staff at any time!

Holiday Miracle: How to Download Your Favorite Movies

Finding and watching the best holiday movies and shows this winter has never been easier!

With Replay Media Catcher’s built-in Media Guides, you can explore popular streams and download classics like A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas to curl up with. From television to videos to full-length movies, our powerful guides have your back this holiday season.

Replay Media Catcher will help you find and save your favorite online movies from directly within the software – never having to touch your browser. We made it simple to find and grab the best online content you want in one click.

Coupled with Replay Media Catcher’s powerful downloader, multiple conversion settings and handy scheduling features, our Media Guides are the perfect companion to your annual holiday movie binge. Learn how to use the Replay Media Catcher software:

Get Replay Media Catcher 6 and start downloading now!

The State of Online TV Streaming: Today’s Top Players

Online streaming has rapidly become the must-have accessory in this big, digital world of ours. People far and wide are cutting the cable cord and adopting streaming services to get their fix of sitcoms and late-night movies, either through the computer or channeled directly to the television set.

It was shared in Statista that last year alone “seventy-six percent of American households reported having a video-on-demand subscription,” and that percentage is only growing as the convenience factor is too tempting to pass up.

With access to nearly any television show, documentary, classic film or big time Hollywood flick, it’s really no wonder that so many are drawn to the broad, always-on collection. If you have decent Wi-Fi and a connected device, you’ve got access to it all.

Top Players

As it’s pretty easily assumed, the biggest names in online streaming subscriptions today are Netflix and Amazon, with the Hulu Package holding up third place. Some families subscribe to all three, but most have just one of the services: Netflix. In fact, Netflix is in 36% of all American TV households, while Amazon is in 13% and Hulu Plus is in 6.5%, according to Nielsen.

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Just this summer, Netflix surpassed 65 million subscribers with its $8/month service, and expanded its reach internationally, grounding its roots as the world’s most popular streaming service. With the creation of its Netflix Originals, such as “Orange is the New Black,” “Daredevil” and “House of Cards,” along with close to 7,000 other titles, consumers are loving the high-quality video content within a binge watching-enabled platform.

Learn how to record movies and shows from Netflix.

Amazon

At 40 million subscribers, some arguably coming by association with it’s Prime Package, Amazon ranks second on the list of most-used streaming subscriptions. While they may not have as many attractive titles in their collection, they do have the pull of their popular Prime plan that offers unlimited video streaming in addition to free 2-day shipping in their online marketplace for $99/year.

Learn how to record movies and shows from Amazon.

Hulu

Hulu lags behind with 9 million subscribers, though they experienced a generous percentage of growth from 2014 to 2015. With a recent partnership with Showtime, along with the extensive collection of media, they hope to expand their customer base even more rapidly.

Learn how to record movies and shows from Hulu.

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!

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime: What’s coming and going

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A new Summer-approved batch of movies and TV shows are already streaming on your favorite online video sites this June, while a handful of great stuff is about to leave Netflix (maybe forever). Luckily, Replay Video Capture is built for capturing the Netflix content you want to keep… before it’s too late!

So, check out all of the cool shows below. Replay Video Capture will record them all – allowing you to watch your favorite shows anytime, anywhere, on any device.

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June Netflix Departures:


Taxi Driver

Donnie Brasco

Rain Man

Amadeus

Silence of the lambs

Syriana

 

June Netflix Arrivals:


Sense8 – Season 1

Orange is the new Black – Season 3

Nightcrawler

Rosewater

 

June Hulu Arrivals:


Seinfeld – Complete Series
(That’s right: Every! Episode! From every! Season!)

June Amazon Streaming Arrivals:


The Shining

Lucky Number Slevin

Apocalypse Now (+ Redux!)

The Island of Dr. Moreau
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Our April Picks on Netflix Streaming

Our April Netflix Streaming Picks

Spring is here! The months are flying by and so are on-demand streaming options on the Netflix. Never feel conflicted again about what to watch. Available already (or before April ends) are a few of the movie and TV titles we’re firing up Replay Video Capture for… before they’re gone again.

 

Nicholas Cage in National Treasure Streaming on Netflix April 2015

National Treasure (2004)

This Nicolas Cage-led US history thriller stands alone. The perfect mix of unbelievable action and entertaining mystery, this family-friendly PG romp somehow makes the Founding Fathers seem undeniably interesting.

 

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

If you’re looking to chuckle, than add this British hit to the Queue. Police officer slapstick and diamond-sharp wit collide in Simon Pegg’s cult comedy tour de force.

 

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Noah (2014)

Director Darren Aaronofsky’s latest project – a Bible Epic starring Russel Crowe, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly. Fun fact: The scenes on the Arc are shot on a real Arc, which they built for the film and which survived Hurricane Sandy.

 

Stream The Babadook on Netflix

The Babadook (2014)

Feeling like getting scared? This new school horror film doesn’t rely on gimmicks, handheld camera work or possession themes for a change. With a genuine plot surrounding a single mother and her son, this is a chilling movie… perfect before bed (not really).

 

Marvel's Daredevil now streaming on Netflix

Marvel’s Daredevil (season 1)

Another huge TV project from Marvel. Another Netflix original show. Don’t miss it. From the comic book pages to streaming on-demand, the story of a blind lawyer turned crime-fighter is much grittier than expected, which we love!

 

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Sons Of Anarchy (season 7)

Motorcycles, Johnny Law, and typical gang mayhem awaits. The divisive biker sudo-period-drama’s last chapter is now streaming. Join the Sons as they ride off into the sunset of their final season.

YouTube April 20 Changes

There is a lot of discussion about the changes YouTube is planning on April 20, 2015, and how it may or may not affect various YouTube downloading solutions.  Besides the YouTube engineers, nobody knows for sure what effect this will have. Officially, they will be discontinuing some older APIs, but that’s all we know.

From Applian’s standpoint, we will always be able to download videos from ANY site — no matter what changes come about. There may be a few days where we scramble to come up with a downloader fix to Replay Media Catcher, but programs like Replay Video Capture will always be able to record video – no matter what.

April should be an interesting month!

Netflix Conflix: Goodbye, February

As the seasons change, so do the Netflix streaming options. And like the months before, March is blooming up fast. So dig into that queue and put these soon-to-be-removed movies on the list. Simply set up a time to record with your Replay Video Capture and have all of the streaming control you’d like with these gems well past February. Here are our favorites to say bye-bye from Netflix and hello with Applian recording software:

 

Brokedown Palace

A harrowing travel story about two young friends who find themselves wrongfully imprisoned in a Thai prison for smuggling drugs into Hong Kong. A very young Kate Beckinsale and Claire Danes play the main characters, with Bill Pullman as their American lawyer to free them from 33 years of imprisonment. An interesting film about justice and the bonds of friendship, it’s definitely worth seeing if you’ve never before.

 

Lords of Dogtown

Based on the true story of the beginnings of skateboarding in grimy Venice, California circa 1970’s; this fictionalization of the z-boys and the Zephyr skate team is the perfect time-machine to a seedy but exciting place in the sports’ legacy. Supreme acting performances by Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch, and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, it’s an entertaining ride with an awesome soundtrack.

Swiss Family Robinson

One of the classic Disney family films that ages well. About a family left stranded on a wild island, they fend for themselves. It features imaginative treehouses, frightening pirates, and a parade of exotic animals. The cinematography doesn’t disappoint some fifty years later and the scenic backdrop almost makes you wish you too were stranded there, perfectly nostalgic.

 

The Graduate

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me? Aren’t you?” Relive the awkwardness of Dustin Hoffman’s breakout role as Benjamin Braddock, the bewildered college student lured in by his girlfriend’s mother, played by the beautiful Anne Bancroft. It’s worth having in the library as a perfect time capsule.

 

Legends of the Fall

Okay, so technically this isn’t leaving Netflix until the very end of March, but it’s too good to not want to keep in your archives. Brad Pitt is more than a pretty face as the tough and brooding Tristan Ludow, alongside the brilliant Antony Hopkins as his father, and Aiden Quinn and Henry Thomas as the other Ludow brothers. Set in the rural America of the 1900s, this is a passionate movie about family, loss, war, and ultimately love.

GET OUT OF THE BOX: Why You Should Cut Your Cable Today

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Much has been said of the Golden Age of television today, and now, more than ever, more is being done to take the TV out of the box and onto your more savvy technological devices. We’ve been in this industry for a long time and there has never been a better time to unplug from TV subscriptions and go in for online media subscriptions and computer software (like us!). Here’s why:

THE CABLE COMPANY IS NOT YOUR FRIEND

It’s not difficult to notice your cable package getting more and more expensive every year. Analysts have discovered that the price of TV subscriptions have increased 32% over the last five years. At this rate, it’s already increasing faster than inflation. So, even if you’re in that steady job, you’ll need a raise every time you renew your platform to watch Judge Judy. Not to mention the Net Neutrality debacle to strangle the open playing field for Internet speed (we recommend watching this funny and honest segment by John Oliver for context) Basically, media companies are realizing that the new age of online content is happening like a tsunami and they want to tie you to the weight that is a cable package.

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MORE CONTENT FOR LESS EFFORT (AND MONEY)

There are so many great services online to find original content, television shows, and full-length movies. And, much of it involves very little heavy lifting on your end. Not only do you get to create your own “playlists” or queues of content to watch, but also you no longer get the incessant noise of near constant commercials. Here are some of our quick tips on the different sources for your “new cable”:

  • HBOGo: It’s not TV, indeed. HBO announced they are working on a subscription-only plan that doesn’t even need a cable provider, but for now, you can still access archives of award-winning television and monthly new episodes and movies online.
  • Netflix: Everyone’s favorite new media platform, Netflix has been breaking the mold with their original content and providing endless hours of syndicated TV and hundreds of great movies streaming. Additionally, they refresh their stock monthly.
  • Amazon Prime: Making news with their Golden Globe-winning “Transparent”, Amazon has been making waves in original content as well with their Instant Video subscription. Not to mention, they have a different hold on networks and studios, so they offer different options than Netflix has, and can’t get.
  • Google Chromecast: This is a pay-as-you-go service and TV plug-in device, similar to On Demand Movies (or Xbox, Apple TV, etc), wherein you pay for films you’d like to see. Many of them are recently released to theaters or just out to the public. There is also a ton of content if you synch your HULU Plus account and “cast” from there. Pretty much any computer screen can be “casted” to your television, so it makes YouTube a whole new world of entertainment.

This is just a sampling and a generalized description of the options that are open to the cord-cutters out there. Sure, some research is involved, but getting an extra $50 to $150 back in your wallet every month is definitely worth it.

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GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED

But what about live TV? With services like Pluto TV providing options for news and music channels, and more and more major networks making their primetime events streaming, for example the Super Bowl will be online for free for eleven hours (including pre and post-game coverage); it’s only fitting that the future is adapting to a whole audience of chord-cutters. In fact, geography doesn’t even matter if you integrate a VPN service to allow you to tiptoe over international restrictions to access sites like BBC.

Sure, there are now more places to find great content, but what’s the next step in storing and re-watching the media you love? Thankfully products like Replay Video Capture and our Replay Capture Suite can take all of the shows and movies you love, and keep them for “re-runs” whenever you’d like. You can also record and capture one-time streaming events or programs while you’re not around or at your computer.

 

With all of these options out there, it only makes sense to make the leap into this brave new cordless world. And, we’ll be here to guide you confidently through it!