Have a look at Play On Cloud: https://www.playon.tv/cloud
It records stuff from Hulu, Prime, Netflix, YouTube, and others. It doesn't use data to record, but you use data when you download the stuff. You could set it to record at any time, but download during Bonus Bytes.
May also want to consider upgrading to the largest data package of 50GB, but that will need conserving data too.
I've gotten so many helpful info on how to save data. I'm using my tokens now. But how slow will things get once I'm out.
It's said to generally drop to between 1Mbps and 3Mbps, but it can vary. The official statement is "as low as or lower than 1Mbps". A lot of it has to do with how congested the system is at any given time, so it won't be unusual for you to see it dropping lower during prime time.
.. is there away I can download shows/videos she likes during the bonus hrs so we can watch them later with out using data?
As maratsade mentioned, PlayOn Cloud is good for this. There is a longer explanation about PlayOn Cloud in the latter part of my last reply in your other thread. That reply is here.
With your Blu Ray player being fairly young, and with it having a USB port, it can liley play the mp4 files PlayOn Cloud records in without issue, whether from a USB flash drive or even a USB external hard drive. And, if you know how to write files to DVDs or Blu Ray discs, it can likely play the files from either one of those, as well. The discs would be different from movie discs that you buy that are already recorded, in that the files on them would be written like any other data files you would write to disc, but it would still be able to play them.
If you copied the downloaded items to a USB flash drive or USB external drive, then plugged it into the Blu Ray, there will likely be an option that shows up for you to be able to play them. Something like "Data Drive" or similar. The only thing is, if it's a Samsung Blu Ray player it looks like you may have to convert the mp4 files to a type that the player can utilize, though this is something that only needs to be done for some types of mp4 files, evidently. I only now just saw this. Odd, for sure, as even my eight year old $50 Sony DVD player can play mp4 files without conversion, but evidently it's something that Samsung may require.
With your phone and tablet being Android based, either one will be able to utilize the PlayOn Cloud app.
I've never tried Amazon Prime with PlayOn Cloud. I've only used it for Netflix, Youtube and HBO Go, but I think maratsade has used it with Amazon Prime, so he may be able to tell you how to use it if you decided to try it.
I should also add that any devices you have that can connect to your TV via HDMI cable can likely be used to play the files, as well. They could do it on their own and use their own screen, but if they have an HDMI port you can likely use the device like any other media player (DVD, Blu Ray, DVR) and use it to watch the items on your TV.
Recording from Amazon Prime with PlayOn Cloud works the exact same way as with any of the other channels (Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, etc.).
1. Buy recording credits. It's one credit per recording, no matter the length of the recording, and each credit is about 25 cents (though if you buy in bulk they're less than that)
2. In PlayOn Cloud, find the channel
3. Search for the show
4. Set it to record
5. It will record, without using any data, and will send you a message when it's done
6. Download to a device
7. Unless you pay a monthly membership fee, the recordings stay in the cloud for 7 days and after that they're deleted, so remember to download them within the 7 days.
You don't need a membership for Play On Cloud. You create a free account, and then you buy recording credits. Then you record, and they save the recordings for 7 days. With a membership, they keep the recordings in the cloud forever, so if you'd like to keep them there, you will need to pay a monthly membership.
I don't have a monthly membership. I record stuff and then download the recordings to my computer and play them on a TV by connecting the computer to the TV via an HDMI cable. Easy peasy.
To connect your tablet device to a TV, you will need some kind of cable. Or you can probably cast using Chromecast or Miracast.
I, like maratsade, don't use a monthly plan with PlayOn Cloud. I just buy Anytime Credits. Each type, as in Anytime Credits vs a monthly plan, has it's advantages and disadvantages:
The main advantage to the Anytime Credits is that the credits you buy never expire. The main disadvantage is that, when you have PlayOn Cloud record an item for you, you only have seven days in which to download it before it's purged from the cloud.
The main advantage to the monthly plans is permanent cloud storage (no seven day deletion), though how much storage depends on the plan. The main disadvantages are that unused credits don't roll over to the next month, so the credits you don't use you lose, and if the cloud storage fills up it will start purging old items to make room for the new ones. You can delete items from that cloud storage after you've downloaded them, though, so you can make more room.
If you think it may take longer than seven days to download an item you've had PlayOn Cloud record for you, a monthly plan would probably be the way to go, but if you think you'll be able to download your recorded item within seven days, Anytime Credits are probably the way to go. And with Anytime credits, each item recorded has its own seven day "clock". It's not a seven day period in which you have to download all items recorded within that seven day period by the end of it.
Lastly, even if you choose to go with a monthly plan, you can still buy Anytime Credits if you decide you want more credits than the plan gives you each month. If you have a monthly plan and do buy Anytime Credits, your monthly plan credits will always be used before your Anytime Credits.
Sounds like we are having to go around our elbows to get somewhere with this...
So because we can't get highspeed cable where we live we have to suffer and become super techs just to watch
And by the way..... this is NOT A RANT... simply the facts.