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Professor

Re: PlayOn Cloud

You're welcome, @BirdDog.  Good to see it does work. I think it could be a useful tool for those who can't stream as they would like to.  While not a free option, it's not too expensive and it could save people a lot of frustration. 

Assistant Professor

Re: PlayOn Cloud

So last night I tested the auto download during Bonus time and it worked. Be sure to read the red note on the setting about leaving the app on and the device plugged in.

 

I did notice that my downloads are in SD using about 700MB per hour of video and I have the app set to SD, the lowest they allow set. This is in line with what Netflix states for SD.

 

What is of note is I have my Netflix account playback set to the lowest setting of 300MB per hour, so PlayOn Cloud somehow overrides this. Just something to be aware of, not sure how many use the lowest setting normally but I find the quality acceptable even when watching on large screen TV.

Professor

Re: PlayOn Cloud

You've done a lot of testing on this, @BirdDog.  Thanks! I'm bookmarking this topic, as it has good info on the app.  I think  the best thing about it is it would let people download during bonus time and then watch without any of the buffering, which is what drives people batty.  

Assistant Professor

Re: PlayOn Cloud

Thanks @maratsade, is fun to mess with new things like this sometimes, especially when it's cold outside.

 

I forgot to mention when using the scheduling in the Download Options both "Auto-download on WiFi" and "Restrict downloads to off-peak (BETA)" need to be enabled.

Distinguished Professor III

Re: PlayOn Cloud

Ugh, now I'm confused.  So, you pay for a specific amount of cloud storage per month, which comes with a specific amount of recording credits, but then you pay 25 cents per recording on top of that to download them onto a computer or other device?  Or, is it 25 cents per recording only after you've exceeded the number of recordings included with the storage plan?

 

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Professor

Re: PlayOn Cloud

@GabeU, I don't  use PlayOn, but according to their website:

 

How much does PlayOn Cloud cost and how do I buy recording credits?

The PlayOn Cloud iOS app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. You pay a low per-recording charge (or recording credit) which includes 7 days of storage in your cloud locker and unlimited downloads of that recording to any PC or storage device during the complimentary storage period. You can purchase recording credits in-app or buy recording credits from our website.

 

It sounds like you pay a monthly price for storage only if you want to store something more than the complimentary 7 days. 

 

EDIT:  I think the info below clarifies this even more:

 

Can I store my recordings for longer than the complimentary storage period?

Once downloaded, you can store your recordings locally for as long as you'd like. We will only store them for you for 7 days in your cloud locker. If you'd like to keep them in the cloud for longer, take a look at our Cloud Recording and Storage plans.

Distinguished Professor III

Re: PlayOn Cloud

@maratsade

 

Thank you for the clarification.  It makes more sense now.  Smiley Happy 


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Assistant Professor

Re: PlayOn Cloud


@maratsade wrote:

@GabeU, I don't  use PlayOn, but according to their website:

 

How much does PlayOn Cloud cost and how do I buy recording credits?

The PlayOn Cloud iOS app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. You pay a low per-recording charge (or recording credit) which includes 7 days of storage in your cloud locker and unlimited downloads of that recording to any PC or storage device during the complimentary storage period. You can purchase recording credits in-app or buy recording credits from our website.

 

It sounds like you pay a monthly price for storage only if you want to store something more than the complimentary 7 days. 

 

EDIT:  I think the info below clarifies this even more:

 

Can I store my recordings for longer than the complimentary storage period?

Once downloaded, you can store your recordings locally for as long as you'd like. We will only store them for you for 7 days in your cloud locker. If you'd like to keep them in the cloud for longer, take a look at our Cloud Recording and Storage plans.


This is correct.

 

I've also found I can move the downloaded files from my phone so don't really see the need for cloud storage past the 7 days.

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Distinguished Professor III

Re: PlayOn Cloud


@BirdDog wrote:

I've also found I can move the downloaded files from my phone so don't really see the need for cloud storage past the 7 days.


That's what I would do, or at least something similar.  I also have a couple of extra 500GB laptop drives that I bought USB external drive enclosures for, so I have plenty of local storage.  I wouldn't need the cloud storage for much more than a day when I stream something to it.


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Professor

Re: PlayOn Cloud

I got both PlayOn for PC and PlayOn Cloud.  PO Cloud works better for me. The thing seems to work like a DVR for the cloud.  

 

They have a reasonably priced monthly plan of 4.99 a month, which holds 200 hours of recordings in the cloud -- not clear if this is per month or what.  They also have credit packages for those who don't want a monthly plan.  I tried the system with the 4-recording package, which cost me 1.99.  I don't plan to get a monthly membership, as I don't record much stuff at all so I will use it infrequently. 

 

The files play back fine with no buffering (I connect my laptop to the TV via HDMI cable and it plays perfectly). This could potentially be very useful for those who have issues with buffering when streaming. 

 

GabeU wrote:

The great thing about PlayOn Cloud is that there is no buffering when watching it, as you download the file and watch it, not the stream.  I've been contemplating getting this so I can stream things to the cloud using their mobile app, then download them to my laptop and play them on my TV via HDMI cable.  And again, no buffering!  

 

It would be a great way to take full advantage of the Bonus Zone data.