How do I use the download manager to download movies from Netflix?

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If we can download during off peak hours (Not using our allowance) how do I set up my computer or tv to download a movie from Netflix? Normally we have to press play from the instant que but I can't figure out how to schedule it
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Kenny Dobbins

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You don't.
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Sara for Hughes, Official Rep

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Hello Mistie, at this point there is no way to schedule NetFlix downloads during our free download zone.
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Sara for Hughes, Official Rep

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Hello Mistie, at this point there is no way to schedule NetFlix downloads during our free download zone however, we have heard your request and I'll suggest it to the appropriate team here at Hughes. Thank you, Sara
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Why not bump your download limits to say 50GB or 60GB a month and it will work for the average Family today. Get on par with light Cable usage
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William Doss

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download manager not of much use if you can't schedule movies to download during freezone. Movies are big bandwidth hogs which make them the prime candidate for off peak downloading, yet netflix movies can't be scheduled? This file manager is pretty much useless.
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There is no download manager that allows for scheduling streaming videos that I know of. Streaming videos is like watching TV, it is provided to you in real-time and unless you have some kind of recorder that also allows logging in and selecting the video, you are out of luck.
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Hughesnet is becoming pretty much useless alright.  Unbelievable I can't believe I just wasted hours of time and energy downloading this ridiculous and useless app. to me and my partners computers only to find out it doesn't work.  *%%@ you hughesnet!
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Netflix does not allow downloading of the videos for playback at a later time it violates the copyright laws. it can only be streamed
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Hi William,

Welcome to the community and thank you for posting. Download managers can help you schedule your downloads, however, Netflix content is streamed and cannot be downloaded for later viewing.

Please read this thread for more details:
https://community.myhughesnet.com/hug...

Thanks,
Liz
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Hi Liz,

The problem is that I was just on the phone with one of your sales reps and she said i could use download manager to schedule netflix movies. I was skeptical because I know netflix is streamed live.

Since moving away from an area where cable internet access was available, I have had to give up a lot of my internet conveniences, such as netflix, because satallite internet is stingy with download capacity. 20 gig a month is not a reasonable amount of data in order to be able to have a modern use of the internet. Streaming video is definitely out with all satelite internet providers. Why don't you all do like gary suggested and have a reasonable limit like 50 of 60 gig? Or, maybe just single out netflix and let folks watch say 3 movies a week as part of their plan? You all are really getting me to jump on the first cable provider that expamds into my area, or go with att uverse as an alternative.
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You can't schedule it to download at a later time though, no matter what you do. You can watch at a lower resolution (which affects both video and audio) in order to minumize the hit you take on your download limit, but you still have to watch it as it plays, can't download for viewing later. Why should I have to comprimize on quality anyway, when I'm already payiing more for internet service than those blessed with cable service? Satellite internet is a POOR substitute for cable and will forever be consigned to rural markets if they do not straighten up their act. I am within 6 months of getting DSL service through ATT in my area, and while I know it is a poor substitute for cable, it is a better deal than satellite, since there are no caps on service.
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Well, unless they put up at least 5 dedicated satellites we're stuck with what we have. And you really wouldn't want to foot the bill if they did.
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The big factor is that Hughesnet is NOT a substitute for cable or DSL.
It is and will remain what it always has been: A connection of last resort. A high speed alternative to dialup.
It simply cant compete with or be compared to a terrestrial connection.

The data throughput is limited by the hardware in orbit. It can not be expanded, it can not be repaired and it will have to be replaced in roughly 15 yrs at a cost of 100's of millions of $$$$.

A download manager works well for software download scheduling.

Please tell us how it is the fault of Hughes that Netflix modeled its "product" as a streaming service rather than the downloadable package you desire ?
Looks to me you wanted to buy apples and insist on buying them a store that sells only oranges.
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Hi William,

Gwalk900 is correct, we don't intend to be compared to cable or DSL services. HughesNet serves as an option for those who would otherwise have no internet. Thank you for explaining, Gwalk900.

The community did bring up the topic of data allowances months ago which resulted in us discussing this with the higher level executives here at HughesNet. You can find the response from Mike Cook (Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing) here:
https://community.myhughesnet.com/hug...

Thanks,
Liz
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When I called Hughes Net they stated that I would have enough data to watch Netflix everyday. They lied....how is that my fault...know I have to pay a penalty to cancel for a company that lied....and continued to lie....how is that legal!!!
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William Doss

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gwalk,

If Hughesnet is a connection of last resort, then their customer base is captive right? Then they will never compete in the modern world. They do have competition in Exede/wildblue, but those guys basically use the same playbook. If and when the cable/cellular markets expand, then the satellite internet providers can plan on shutting down? Is that what you are saying? as long as satellite providers just give you a little bit better service than dial-up, then that's going to be ok? I have never heard of a business plan that does not provide for upgrading services that has survived. No buggy-whip makers left out there are there?
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William,
Captive customer base ? No, everyone always has a choice of some sort. It may at time be the lesser of two evils but a choice none the less.

I think Yoda from Star Wars fame said it best ... Do or Do Not.
No one from Hughes came to your door and forced you to sign up.
You must have done that yourself. Certainly you researched just what it was you contracted for .. didn't you ?
You could have chose not to accept those terms and conditions .. you see .. a choice.
Internet serice is just that .. a service .. buy or buy not as you choose/

What you fail to understand is that "Residential Service" is a very, very tiny part of Hughes Network Systems.

The vast majority lays with Business, Enterprise, Government and Military.
I'll bet that "Residential" consumes the lions share of support resourses.
Will Cable and Cellular eventualy cut into the residential numbers .. sure they will.
Remember, if it made good business sense, Verizon or Frontier would have run fiber optic through those areas long ago.

A satellite is going to take several years from "commisioning" to sitting in the payload bay ready for launch.
It is going to cost upwords of a half-Billion-Dollars. To that add launch and insurance costs.
That satellite will have a service life of about 15 years .. give or take,
You can't just stack those suckers helter skelter in the sky either .. orbital slots are regulated.
We also need to factor in the costs associated with the building, maintaining and staffing the NOC's (Network Operation Centers) needed to join the "space borne" portion of your Hughes connection to the terrestial portion of the Internet.

Now in light of all that do you really think your miserable $70 or $100 per month helps or hurts much ?
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What you fail to understand is that as a customer I do not care how small a part of Hughes's business residential service represents. If they don't want to offer the service, they can simply get out of the business and i will go completely cellular or with exede or one of the other satellite competitors.

I would bet that Hughes feels completely different about my miserable $70 to $100 dollars per month, especially when multiplied by the hundreds of thousands of other users.

And yes, I did read the entire agreement, but as a person who came from the unlimited download world of Cable access, I did not at the time realize that 10 gig or even 15 gig a month was a pitiful amount of internet use for anyone in the modern world....now I do, and I am not happy and am looking for alternatives.

All of the technical specs that you quote mean nothing to me, i simply want high speed internet access. I would be willing to pay even more if I could get the service that I am accustomed to.

What I am getting is about a week of high speed access each billing cycle, followed by 3 weeks of 56k dial up speeds. All that, at twice the cost of cable access.

Preach all you want, that is terrible service at outrageous prices. There is a large contingent of people that Hughes and others are making very mad, and while they stew, some innovative company will come up with a decent service and Hughes wont have to worry about residential customers anymore, they can service all of their important clients.
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William, William, William.......as much as I love this country our infrastructure stinks and is crumbling from what was built in the 50's, 60's, 70's. We have turned everything over to private companies including internet.

Other developed countries have government incentives for expanding internet coverage. Not here.

I live in a sparsely populated mountainous area. Will be a very long time before even WISP comes along let alone cable or fiber. Would take a lot of towers to provide good WISP coverage. I think Hughes knows this and will continue to take advantage of it.

There are vast areas of this huge country which will be without cable, fiber or even WISP for a very, very long time.

I also doubt the Jupiter satellite is used only for residential and business internet. Could be wrong but would be surprised.
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In various locations of the US, there was government incentive, in the form of merger approval by the FCC, for expanding internet coverage. When ATT purchased Bellsouth in 2006, one of the stipulations required by the Government in order to approve the purchase, was a promise by ATT to provide highspeed internet access by 2007 to 100% of the customers that would be affected by the merger. The merger happened, the highspeed rollout never took place, and the Government could care less.
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Kind of what I said, blame it more on our do nothing government IMO. Sorry, don't want to get political here but we get all worked up about "socialism" then turn around and complain about private companies not giving us what we want. Laughable I think. Talk about wanting it both ways.

Happy 4th of July!
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Back to the question asked, yes it is possible to schedule recordings of streaming content. Try Googling "Replay Video Capture."

Other searches on "record streaming video," etc. may yield other third-party apps.
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Sorry, that is just another capturing program like many others. No way to schedule a specific video from a place like Netflix to download during Bonus time while I'm asleep. Nobody has come up with such a program yet.

Kind of worried about you Alan. :)
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Did you see the 2nd video I posted, "Automatically Recording & downloading Netflix Movies?" It has a scheduler.
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Holy smokes! I owe you an apology. Didn't see the second video until you posted it. This is amazing and will have to try it out. A fantastic find for HugheNet users.

I'm no longer worried about you Alan. :)

It is $40 for the full program but may be worth it.
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Hi,

I am the co-founder of a new company that is working on products to improve the internet experience for rural internet subscribers such as those that use Hughesnet. In particular we have developed a technology called Video Stream Shifter that lets you pre-load video streams (such as Netflix) to your home router at night and then watch the video the next day (or later).

You would use Netflix exactly the same as before (on any device in your home). When our software detects an episode in a TV show is being watched, it will automatically start pre-loading the next few episodes at night. You can also trigger a pre-load of a movie by watching the first few seconds of it. The next day any pre-loaded movies you watch will be streamed from the router instead (without counting against daytime usage).

Note that our software works like a cache that is typically used in much larger networks and does not bypass the Netflix DRM. You still need to have a valid Netflix subscription and internet connection to watch any of the pre-loaded streams.

At this point we have proven the technology and built a prototype. Before bringing it to market we’d like to get an idea of how many people would be interested in using this.

Please visit http://satellite.videostreamshift.com/ and press “Try Now” to register and help make it a reality!

Thanks,

Gerrit
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Besides total BS. Stored in the router?  Sorry pal, my router ain't storing a 200MB video let alone anything bigger.
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First off, my apologies. I thought this was a relevant post given the question asked, but I should have read the terms first.
You are absolutely right that the router itself doesn't have enough storage for this. For our software to work, you would need to plug in sufficient USB storage (typically 32GB) to a compatible router (such as ASUS routers running asuswrt).
I would be happy to discuss more technical details if you are interested.
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I'm yer huckleberry.

Since the software needs to run on a "compatible router (such as ASUS routers running asuswrt)" will you be distributing your software as part of a complete system image that needs to get flashed to the router or will a device owner install the software in some other fashion, such as through a package manager?
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Gerrit

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ASUS routers are great for a number of reasons. In addition to generally being powerful enough to run additional software, those with asuswrt are able to run executables straight from USB. So the same USB stick will be used to load our software and as storage. Therefore the router doesn't need to be flashed, it's simply an add-on.
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For those that were curious, because of the large demand for this product, we decided to go ahead and build it. It is now going through beta testing with great results. No more buffering & great use of bonus bytes.
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There is, at least, a partial solution.  Install a TV tuner card in your pc.  A simple solution would then be to start recording a Netflix movie at the "unlimited" access time while you are sleeping.  This will actually create a high quality hard copy of the streamed movie you can watch whenever you want.  It takes a little self discipline, but will work quite well.